Rancho Cucamonga High School Academic Decathlon
Academic Decathlon: 6 Reason Why You Should Join
- Looks good on your college transcript: Former decathletes are currently attending or attended Stanford, Cornell, Pomona, Berkeley and Princeton.
- Get 5 units of elective credit. Pass/fail option available for the GPA conscious.
- Become teammates with some quite extraordinary people and have a great time ending your school day.
- Have fun learning lots of fascinating information and gaining significant real-life skills such as speech giving and interviewing techniques.
- Opportunity to fly to Sacramento free if the team places high enough at county competition.
- Show the county of San Bernardino just how smart you really are.
- See Mr. Nath in E 203 for more details.
RCHS Academic Decathlon
Since its inception, Rancho Cucamonga High School has fielded an academic decathlon team for the San Bernardino County competition. Its initial coaches were Karen Gerdes and John Nath. At that time the academic decathlon was a club, and students who wished to participate had to meet after school and on weekends. Starting slowly, Rancho’s varsity academic decathlon team eventually developed into a force to be reckoned with, vaulting into the top 5 for 15 of its twenty-one years of competition. Its initial team consisted of Sabrina Bow, Scott Shipley, Andy Wang, Manijha Kadir, Michael Mallari, Chanee Pruett, Amanda Gray and Nicole Stevens. Those students began a legacy that continues to the present. Since the 1999 – 2000 year of competition, Rancho Cucamonga High School’s Team Purple has consistently placed in the Top Five, spending 11 of its competing seasons in the Top 3.