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==History==
 
==History==
The individual Academic Leagues have been in existence since the 1980s and possibly back to the 1970s. While they are all linked together by serving as qualifiers for the San Diego County Academic League tournament (overseen by the San Diego County Board of Education), they all have their own unique traditions, procedures, and question sources. They are also united by a common scoring system, wherein a correct tossup is worth 3 points and bonuses are 3 parts worth 1, 3, or 5 points for 1, 2, or 3 correct answers, respectively. Despite recent efforts by participating teams, only the Metro Conference has adopted pyramidal questions, and the remaining three divisions are still undoubtedly [[bad quizbowl]]
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The individual Academic Leagues have been in existence since the 1980s and possibly back to the 1970s. While they are all linked together by serving as qualifiers for the San Diego County Academic League tournament (overseen by the San Diego County Board of Education), they all have their own unique traditions, procedures, and question sources. They are also united by a common scoring system, wherein a correct tossup is worth 3 points and bonuses are 3 parts worth 1, 3, or 5 points for 1, 2, or 3 correct answers, respectively, though the San Diego City League has broken with that and adopted regular quizbowl scoring as of 2015-2016. Despite recent efforts by participating teams, only the San Diego City and the Metro Conference have adopted pyramidal questions. The remaining two divisions are still undoubtedly [[bad quizbowl]]
  
 
==[[North County Academic League]]==  
 
==[[North County Academic League]]==  
 
Total Number of Participating Schools: 28
 
Total Number of Participating Schools: 28
  
Current Champion: [[Westview]] High  
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Current Champion: [[Torrey Pines]] High  
  
 
Region: All schools north of San Diego Unified and Grossmont Unified within San Diego county (including the northern parts of the city of San Diego not covered by San Diego Unified).
 
Region: All schools north of San Diego Unified and Grossmont Unified within San Diego county (including the northern parts of the city of San Diego not covered by San Diego Unified).
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Levels: Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Freshman
 
Levels: Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Freshman
  
==San Diego City Academic League==  
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==[[San Diego City Academic League]]==  
 
Total Number of Participating Schools: 24
 
Total Number of Participating Schools: 24
  
 
Current Champion: [[La Jolla]] High  
 
Current Champion: [[La Jolla]] High  
  
Region: Consists of all schools within San Diego Unified as well as most of the nearby private schools including [[Bishop's]] and [[Francis Parker]].  
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Region: Consists of all schools within San Diego Unified as well as most of the nearby private schools including [[Bishop's School]] and [[Francis Parker]].  
  
Question Source: Coach-submitted database of mostly speedchecks, with verbatim repeats
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Question Source: [[NAQT]] (as of 2015-2016)
  
Levels: Varsity, Junior Varsity, Novice  
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Levels: Varsity, Junior Varsity, Novice
  
==Grossmont Academic League==
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==[[Grossmont Academic League]]==
 
''Also called the East County League''  
 
''Also called the East County League''  
  
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Levels: Varsity, Junior Varsity
 
Levels: Varsity, Junior Varsity
  
==Metro Conference Academic League==
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==[[Metro Conference Academic League]]==
 
''Also called the Sweetwater or South Bay League''  
 
''Also called the Sweetwater or South Bay League''  
  
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Region: All schools within the Sweetwater Unified District of Southern San Diego County
 
Region: All schools within the Sweetwater Unified District of Southern San Diego County
  
Question Source: Pyramidal NAQT from MS sets (JV) and IS-A sets (Varsity)  
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Question Source: [[NAQT]] from MS sets (JV) and IS-A sets (Varsity)  
  
 
Levels: Varsity, Junior Varsity
 
Levels: Varsity, Junior Varsity
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==Varsity Champions==
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Due to so-far scant information, it is difficult to come up with a list of historical champions.  Anyone with knowledge of Academic League champions or second place teams is encouraged to add to the table.  Final game scores, if known, are listed in parentheses.
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! Year !! Overall Champion !! Second Place
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| 1991
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| La Jolla (140)
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| Santana (20)
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| 1992
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| 1993
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| 1994
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| 1995
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| 1996
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| 1997
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| 1998
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| 1999
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| 2000
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|Hilltop (72)
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|Granite Hills (32)
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| 2001
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| 2002
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| 2003
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| [[2003 Scripps Ranch|Scripps Ranch]]
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| 2004
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| Mt. Carmel
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| Scripps Ranch
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|-
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| 2005
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| Southwest (124)
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| [[La Jolla]] (53)
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|-
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| 2006
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| Rancho Buena Vista (79)
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| Southwest (66)
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|-
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| 2007
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| [[Torrey Pines]] (62)
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| Southwest (47)
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|-
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| 2008
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|Eastlake (73)
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|Scripps Ranch (48)
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| 2009
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|Rancho Bernardo (109)
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|Francis Parker (53)
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| 2010
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| Rancho Bernardo
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|-
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| 2011
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| Torrey Pines (169)
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| Canyon Crest (63)
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| 2012
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| Torrey Pines
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| 2013
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| [[Westview (CA)|Westview]] (88)
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| Rancho Bernardo (73)
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|}
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==Controversy==
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In a 2007 match between La Jolla and Scripps Ranch for one of the regional championships, a closely fought match went to overtime.  The tiebreak tossup asked which nation was the first to be established with the help of the United Nations.  Scripps Ranch answered with Israel, was ruled incorrect, and lost one point (thereby losing the match).  The answer on the page turned out to be Libya.  As the county championships were not for several weeks, and the game took place on a weekday night and would not be broadcast until that Sunday, Scripps Ranch was able to file an official protest the next day.  The team cited both the CIA World Factbook and U.N. Resolutions as evidence that Israel was established with the help of the United Nations three years before Libya was.  The protest was denied and the regional commissioner cited two sources in their denial, printouts of which were mailed to the Scripps Ranch coach.  The commissioner claimed the first source was Encyclopedia Britannica.  The second source was [http://members.aol.com/IamDeb2you/ Debbie's Super Trivia Encyclopedia].  Emily from Scripps Ranch decided to e-mail [[Ken Jennings]] about this travesty.  Ken's response, which can be found in [http://ken-jennings.com/blog/?p=424 this blog entry], notes that this kind of stuff happened all the time when he played [[CBI]], which he describes as a "similarly monolithic and complacent organization".  Results of an online search appear to indicate that the correct answer to the question depends entirely upon the ''exact'' wording of the question.
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[[Category:High school leagues]]

Revision as of 13:06, 14 February 2018

The San Diego County Academic League is a loose confederation of four independent regional Academic Leagues that send their champions to compete in the televised (on ITV) San Diego County tournament each year.

History

The individual Academic Leagues have been in existence since the 1980s and possibly back to the 1970s. While they are all linked together by serving as qualifiers for the San Diego County Academic League tournament (overseen by the San Diego County Board of Education), they all have their own unique traditions, procedures, and question sources. They are also united by a common scoring system, wherein a correct tossup is worth 3 points and bonuses are 3 parts worth 1, 3, or 5 points for 1, 2, or 3 correct answers, respectively, though the San Diego City League has broken with that and adopted regular quizbowl scoring as of 2015-2016. Despite recent efforts by participating teams, only the San Diego City and the Metro Conference have adopted pyramidal questions. The remaining two divisions are still undoubtedly bad quizbowl

North County Academic League

Total Number of Participating Schools: 28

Current Champion: Torrey Pines High

Region: All schools north of San Diego Unified and Grossmont Unified within San Diego county (including the northern parts of the city of San Diego not covered by San Diego Unified).

Question Source: Coach-submitted database of mostly speedchecks, with verbatim repeats

Levels: Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Freshman

San Diego City Academic League

Total Number of Participating Schools: 24

Current Champion: La Jolla High

Region: Consists of all schools within San Diego Unified as well as most of the nearby private schools including Bishop's School and Francis Parker.

Question Source: NAQT (as of 2015-2016)

Levels: Varsity, Junior Varsity, Novice

Grossmont Academic League

Also called the East County League

Total Number of Participating Schools: 11

Current Champion: Santana High

Region: All schools within the Grossmont Unified District of Eastern San Diego County

Question Source: Speedchecks written by league commissioners each year

Levels: Varsity, Junior Varsity

Metro Conference Academic League

Also called the Sweetwater or South Bay League

Total Number of Participating Schools: 14

Current Champion: Olympian High

Region: All schools within the Sweetwater Unified District of Southern San Diego County

Question Source: NAQT from MS sets (JV) and IS-A sets (Varsity)

Levels: Varsity, Junior Varsity

Varsity Champions

Due to so-far scant information, it is difficult to come up with a list of historical champions. Anyone with knowledge of Academic League champions or second place teams is encouraged to add to the table. Final game scores, if known, are listed in parentheses.

Year Overall Champion Second Place
1991 La Jolla (140) Santana (20)
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000 Hilltop (72) Granite Hills (32)
2001
2002
2003 Scripps Ranch
2004 Mt. Carmel Scripps Ranch
2005 Southwest (124) La Jolla (53)
2006 Rancho Buena Vista (79) Southwest (66)
2007 Torrey Pines (62) Southwest (47)
2008 Eastlake (73) Scripps Ranch (48)
2009 Rancho Bernardo (109) Francis Parker (53)
2010 Rancho Bernardo
2011 Torrey Pines (169) Canyon Crest (63)
2012 Torrey Pines
2013 Westview (88) Rancho Bernardo (73)


Controversy

In a 2007 match between La Jolla and Scripps Ranch for one of the regional championships, a closely fought match went to overtime. The tiebreak tossup asked which nation was the first to be established with the help of the United Nations. Scripps Ranch answered with Israel, was ruled incorrect, and lost one point (thereby losing the match). The answer on the page turned out to be Libya. As the county championships were not for several weeks, and the game took place on a weekday night and would not be broadcast until that Sunday, Scripps Ranch was able to file an official protest the next day. The team cited both the CIA World Factbook and U.N. Resolutions as evidence that Israel was established with the help of the United Nations three years before Libya was. The protest was denied and the regional commissioner cited two sources in their denial, printouts of which were mailed to the Scripps Ranch coach. The commissioner claimed the first source was Encyclopedia Britannica. The second source was Debbie's Super Trivia Encyclopedia. Emily from Scripps Ranch decided to e-mail Ken Jennings about this travesty. Ken's response, which can be found in this blog entry, notes that this kind of stuff happened all the time when he played CBI, which he describes as a "similarly monolithic and complacent organization". Results of an online search appear to indicate that the correct answer to the question depends entirely upon the exact wording of the question.