John Marshall High School Wins 2016 U.S. Academic Decathlon Online Competition

LOS ANGELES (May 20, 2016) — John Marshall High School in the Los Angeles School Unified School District won the 2016 U.S. Academic Decathlon Online competition, scoring 42,636.5 out of a possible 48,000 points shattering last year’s record of 41,493.6 by perennial powerhouse, El Camino Real Charter High School.

“Congratulations to the decathletes who continued to perform with the hearts of champions,” said Board Member Dr. Ref Rodriguez. “As the Academic Decathlon season has drawn to a close, these champions exemplified passion, heart, and a drive to win.”

The virtual win gives the District its second first-place victory in this year’s national competition. Granada Hills High School’s decathletes won the 2016 U.S. Academic Decathlon championship on April 30. The LAUSD swept the state, national and online Academic Decathlon events for the seventh year in a row.

“Congratulations to our Marshall students for another stellar performance,” said L.A. Unified Superintendent of Schools Michelle King.  “We are all so proud of you for representing L.A. Unified with your competitive drive and enthusiasm to succeed.  You are all champions.”

Members of Marshal HS winning team are: Martin Gonzalez, Manuel Griffin-Espinoza, Robina Henson, Abeer Hossain, Tahmin Khan, Giovani Martinez, Arbyn Olarte, Tina Tan and Gun-Min Youn. The Coach is Larry G. Welch.

“I am so proud of the Marshall decathletes and coaches for their accomplishments,” said Cliff Ker, Coordinator for Academic Events. “This is the fourth time since 2010 that Marshall has won the Online Competition.  They worked very hard to earn this honor”.  

Due to Marshall’s score in the State competition in March, they were eligible to compete in the national online events, based on their enrollment. Marshall High School represented California in the Large Schools Division made up of nine schools. 

On April 29, when Granada Hills Charter High School decathletes were in Anchorage competing for the Academic Crown, Marshall HS decathletes were frantically hitting their keyboards to answer questions in the six objective tests in economics, language/literature, math, music, science and social studies.

Marshall High School has a history of Academic Decathlon championships. In 1986-87 and 1994-95, it won the LAUSD, state and national crowns. In 2010 and 2014, the school had repeat victories as LAUSD Academic Decathlon champs.


Contact: Monica Carazo (cell) 213-247-4087 or Cliff Ker, coordinator, LAUSD Academic Decathlon (818) 730-0283                                                

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