Thursday, August 7, 2014

DHS Alum Dan Hohensee To Lead $25M Career Academy In Lincoln

Occasionally, this blog features DHS alumni who are making, or have made, their mark in the world.

Today, we spotlight Dan Hohensee, DHS native and graduate of the Longhorns' Class of 1978.  

Most folks in Dorchester knew Dan was destined for big things, even back in the mid- to late-1970s.  Dan was a leader throughout his days at DHS, from yearbook editor to a standout in football, basketball, baseball, track, school plays, and swing choir. 

He was a good student and valedictorian of his 1978 graduating class  -- one of the largest DHS has ever produced at 33 students.

Earlier this summer, it was announced that Dan would oversee Lincoln Public Schools' new high school career academy with Southeast Community College, a $25 million joint venture that will offer juniors and seniors advanced courses, dual credit and internships in six broad career pathways.

Dan beat out two high school principles and a professor at Auburn University for this job.  No small task.

At age 54, Hohensee has been a rising star within LPS for sometime -- as a math instructor for 22 years, then as a leader on teaching entrepreneurship.

See the Lincoln Journal Star's recent story on Hohensee by clicking here.

LPS Superintendent Steve Joel calls Hohensee engaging, dynamic and energetic.  According to the Lincoln paper, one of the things Hohensee said he'll bring to his new job is knowing how important real-world experiences are to igniting passion, giving students purpose and motivating them to succeed.

The Journal Star noted: "Hohensee understands the satisfaction of working with his hands. Starting in high school, Hohensee helped his family build five homes."

We at the Dorchester Times tip our Longhorn hat to Dan, director of Lincoln's new career academy and one of the more notable DHS alums.  

Job well done!


  1. For those of us who played sports with, went to school with, and were friends with Dan, his success comes as no surprise. Congrats Dan!

  2. After leaders like Ron Kahle would knock you flat on your butt at DHS football practices, leaders like Dan Hohensee would help you up and give you encouragement. Along with Larry Weber and Brian June, Ron and Dan were the heart and soul of the class of 1978.

  3. I'm about 15 years after Dan in the chronology of DHS but I will tell you it makes me proud to be a Dorchester alum to read this.


Village Dweller checks all reader comments to determine if they are appropriate for print.