|St. Margaret's Tartans|
San Juan Capistrano, California
|Club President||Nate Kang|
|Coaches||Simon Fellowes (History Bowl, de facto)|
Jeff Jablonski (General quizbowl)
|State Championships||2019 (NHBB San Diego, JV Division), 2020 (NHBB Los Angeles, JV)|
|National Appearances||Nat'l History Bowl: 2019, 19th place|
|School Size||474 in Upper School (Grade 9-12)|
The St. Margaret's quizbowl and history bowl teams (also sometimes listed as "St. Margaret's Episcopal") have represented the Tartans of St. Margaret's Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, CA since the beginning of the 2018-19 high school season. Both programs were established in 2018 by Nate Kang during his freshman year.
Performances and achievements
In February 2019, at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, St. Margaret's took home its first official trophy, winning the history bowl regional championship in the JV division. Going 6-0 in the competition, SMES defeated Arcadia C by 70 in the final to lift the trophy in a round moderated by tournament director Noah Prince. Nate Kang played solo in the bowl at this tournament and also won the regional championship in the bee on the same day.
In April 2019, Kang soloed St. Margaret's junior varsity team to a 10-4 record at nats, good for a 19th place finish nationwide at the 2019 National History Bowl national championships in Arlington, VA.
In November 2019, Nate was joined for the first time by teammates (fellow sophomores Alex Fournier and Hunter Smith), as the Tartans went 4-6 at Triton Fall at UCSD. Also during the 2019-20 season, St. Margaret's won their 2nd-straight JV history bowl regional title at USC behind Kang and Fournier.
Largely due to the cancellation of in-person spring tourneys as a result of COVID-19, SMES only played at one QB tournament during the 2019-20 season. They were ranked 7th in SoCal going into the 2020-21 season by Westview player Nick Dai.
(* = no tournament experience yet)
Only "A"-team records are listed below
- History Bowl: 19-7 (.731) (9-3 in SoCal circuit), 1 tournament win (San Diego Regional Championship); National rank: #19 (finish at Nationals) / #9 (Madden Rank)
- Quizbowl: 11-8 (.579), 1 tournament win (ReKT II)
- Combined: 30-15 (.667) (20-11 SoCal)
- History Bowl: 7-0 (1.000)
- Quizbowl: 4-6 (.400)
- Combined: 11-6 (.647)