Granada Hills Charter High School won the U.S. Academic Decathlon on April 28, 2012. Here, medals from the school's earlier state victory are shown hanging from a team member's neck.
Granada Hills Charter High School won the U.S. Academic Decathlon Saturday, earning the 10th consecutive title for a California school and setting a new national record for the most points achieved.
It was the second win in a row at the national level for the Granada Hills school.
The team from the Los Angeles Unified charter campus in the San Fernando Valley earned 54,081.8 points – out of 60,000 possible. The score breaks a 2008 record set by Moorpark High of 53,119.4 points, according to a press release from the California Academic Decathlon.
The victory was announced at the decathlon’s award ceremony in Albuquerque, N.M. Thirty-two teams from 31 states competed.
The win for Granada Hills marks California schools’ continued domination of the Academic Decathlon. Schools from the Golden State have won in 15 of the past 18 years. Many of those victories have gone to LAUSD schools.
In the past three decades, a California school has placed either first or second every year but one.
Granada Hills also took first place in the Super Quiz with 5,775 points out of 6,000 points.
Members of the team are: Lev Tauz, Sean Wejebe, Hamidah Mahmud, Christian Koguchi, Priscilla Liu, Kimberly Ly, Jimmy Wu, Stella Lee, Julia Wall and coaches Matt Arnold, Spencer Wolf, and Nick Weber.
The team took home 53 individual awards as well.