DeMarco Hughes is the Assistant Principal at Chicago Tech Academy.


As an Assistant Principal, former youth basketball coach, mentor, and proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, DeMarco is deeply invested in the development and empowerment of individuals within his community. With a fervent dedication to education and leadership, he strives to create a nurturing and inclusive school environment where every student can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.

With experience as a youth basketball coach, he learned the importance of mentorship and guidance in shaping the lives of our youth. Through involvement in various committees within the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, particularly those focused on engaging the community and youth, he is committed to fostering positive change and creating opportunities for growth.

As a lifelong learner, he continually seeks to expand his knowledge and skills to better serve those around him. DeMarco’s advocacy for youth stems from his own personal experiences and a genuine empathy that creates a lasting commitment to his own life’s purpose. Through his actions and words, he strives to be a catalyst for positive change, working tirelessly to create a more just and equitable society for all.


“When I left my school on March 13th to begin our state-mandated stay at home order, I thought I was preparing for COVID-19, not COVID-1619 – this deadly, racist virus has raised a myriad of emotions and feelings in me in the recent weeks. Feelings that often get suppressed by the busyness of life. My life’s purpose is to serve youth and work against systems of oppression that put Black and Brown children further behind, silence their voices and work directly against their advancement. Beyond that, our time is NOW! Our world’s current racial tensions show that there is a need, now, for Black and Brown leaders to create and transform spaces for our people, that benefit our youth and communities that advance us. Most recently my Pastor shared this quote and I immediately thought of Surge: “Purpose is not independent. There is purpose found in your partnership” – this is why Surge, and this is why now.”