West Lafayette, Indiana
- Not to be confused with Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis.
Purdue University is a public university in West Lafayette, Indiana. Their quiz bowl team plays in the Midwest area. Purdue annually hosts the aptly-named Purdue Boilermaker Buzzathon and the IASP Indiana State Quiz Bowl Championship.
In its second full year of existence, the team came unexpectedly close to qualifying for the 2018 edition of Division II ICT. Two central players from that team, including Sarah Benner, went on to play at the next year's NAQT Collegiate Novice tournament at Chicago and went undefeated. Purdue were subsequently cited in discussions about tightening player restrictions for novice tournaments. That spring, Purdue qualified for Division II ICT for the first time in their school's existence, and finished 10th.
In the spring of 2019, Purdue took over the duty of hosting Indiana's state championship tournament, which had previously been hosted by Ancilla Domini College with funding from the Rotary Club of Indianapolis. Along with Saint Joseph's long-time coach Ben Dillon, Jastrzebski helped convince the Indiana Association of School Principals, or IASP, to sponsor state-wide quiz bowl competition. Purdue has been the host of IASP's Academic Quiz Bowl State Finals tournament since 2020.
In 2021, after three of their members had served in writing and editing roles for Spring Novice, Purdue's Quiz Bowl Team produced the Boilermaker Spring Novice housewrite with Benner as head editor, with help from Ryan Rosenberg and the teams from North Carolina and Duke.
In 2022, Purdue again qualified for Division II ICT, and also sent a team to ACF Nationals for the first time in their history. They finished T-19th at DII ICT and 43rd at ACF Nationals.
In 2023, Purdue attended Division I ICT for the first time in the school's history. Purdue A placed 24th in Division I ICT, while Purdue B placed 25th in Division II ICT. A team from Purdue also tied for 40th at ACF Nationals.
Notable Players and Alumni
Ben Dillon, coach of Saint Joseph during their 7-year state championship run
Stan Melkumian, leading figure in the open-level grind movement
Alex Pijanowski, two-time NAC MVP and NAC hall-of-famer for Harrison HS