1995 NAC

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1995 National Academic Championship
Edited by Questions Unlimited
Champion Maggie Walker
Runner-up James Island
Third Grand Rapids
Fourth Dorman
High scorer
Site University of Dallas & Marymount University in Arlington, VA

Won by Maggie Walker (then "Governor's School") over James Island.

44 teams participated at the University of Dallas from June 2 to 5. 64 teams participated in the second phase and overall finals, held at Marymount University in Arlington, VA from June 9 to 12.

Brad Harris of James Island and junior Amanda Goad of Governor's School joined the NAC Hall of Fame after this tournament.

Following this tournament, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Spartanburg Herald-Journal published competing editorials debating which was the "smartest city in the South," as Richmond became the first city to produce two different NAC champions, 1990 Collegiate and 1995 Maggie Walker, while Spartanburg was home to the only two-time champion, Dorman in 1989 and 1991.


1. Governor's School (VA) (9-0, 448 ppg)

2. James Island (SC) (7-1, 418 ppg)

3. Houston Eisenhower (TX) (7-1, 366 ppg)

4. Grand Rapids City (MI) (5-2, 311 ppg)

5. Indian Springs (AL) (6-1, 374 ppg)

6. Klein Forest (TX) (6-1, 392 ppg)

7. Auburn (AL) (6-2, 385 ppg)

8. East Brunswick (NJ) (6-1, 362 ppg)

9. Edmond Memorial (OK) (6-2, 356 ppg)

10. Manheim Township (PA) (4-1, 430 ppg)

Brookwood/Indian Springs game

J.R. Barry writes of a charming example of Chip being Chip here:

I have never really gotten over the NAC in Arlington back in 1995. It was only my third time at NAC (1988, 1989, 1995) and I had been talked into going by two senior boys who wanted ot give it a shot along with our usual ASCN appearance.

We played a strong Indian Springs team and lost (appartently) by 10 points in a match where we were robbed of a correct anser on a 15-point tossup. "Define and spell ambivalent." My captain spelled it properly and said "undecided between two differing views." That was ruled incorrect. IS captain spells it properly and says "Not caring which side you take." IS answer was ruled correct. I protested at the end of the 4th Q and was told my kid's definition was wrong. I contended that IS defined apathetic not ambivalent.

Well, after dinner, an Irmo kid came by and told me we had been declared the "winners" in our IS match. I went to the official board and saw that BOTH IS and Brookwood had been awarded wins in that match which was listed as a tie. (That outcome had already occurred in an earlier match in that tournament and was the talk of the tournament.) I thought that Chip simply did not want to decide my protest in the ambivalent question and let us both win.

The next morning, my team and I were in the van driving through the parking lot on the way to some sightseeing when some kid unknown to me ran alongside the van and I stopped. He said Chip had told him to find me and tell me my team was needed at some venue to play a tiebreaker to decide the IS match. I should have driven off. But, fascinated at the deal, I took my kids to where we were supposed to go and Chip himself had assembled about 100 people to watch this one question tiebreaker.

I threw my biggest fit in 25 years of coaching quiz bowl. I am told it was a doozy and I even called the Chipster a name or two. I was determined that we would simply refuse to play that tiebreaker to a match we had rightfully won and had been awarded a W on Chip's official board. My captain talked me into letting them play and we lost to IS on that tiebreaker.


Aiken (SC)

Alamosa (CO)

All Saints (VI)

Alvin (TX)

Ankeny (IA)

Antonito (CO)

Apollo (KY)

Ardsley (NY)

Auburn (AL)

Bellaire (TX)

Binghamton (NY)

Bishop Garrigan (IA)

Bishop Kelley (OK)

Bixby (OK)


Booker T. Washington (OK)

Brazoswood (TX)

Bridgeport (WV)

Brookwood (GA)

Cathedral (Indianapolis, IN)

Catholic High (New Iberia, LA)

Center Grove (IN)

Central Gwinnett (GA)

Centralia (MO)

Chardon (OH)

Christian Brothers (NJ)

Cistercian Prep (TX)

City (Grand Rapids, MI)

Clarkstown North (NY)

Colonia (NJ)

Cooper (Abilene, TX)

Coronado (TX)

Creighton Prep (NE)

Cumberland (IL)

Delaware Hayes (OH)

Delaware Valley (PA)

Detroit Catholic Central (MI)

Dorman (SC)

Dulles (TX)

Eagletown (OK)

East Brunswick (NJ)

Edmond Memorial (OK)

Eisenhower (Houston) (TX)

Eisenhower (MI)

Elkins (TX)

Enid (OK)

Eureka (SD)

Frisch (NJ)

Frontier (OH)

Ft. Smith Southside (AR)

Ft. Worth Country Day (TX)

Geneva (AL)

Gordon Central (GA)

Governor's School (VA)

Grosse Pointe North (MI)

Hillcrest Lutheran (MN)

Horace Greeley (NY)

Indian Springs (AL)

Irmo (SC)

Irvington (NY)

Jackson Prep (MS)

James Island (SC)

Jenks (OK)

Jim Thorpe (PA)

Kinkaid (TX)

Kirksville (MO)

Klein Forest (TX)

Lake Highlands (TX)

Lakeside (Hot Springs, AR)

Lewis County (KY)

Louisiana School (Natchitoches, LA)

Madison Central (MS)

Manheim Township (PA)

Master's Academy (FL)

McAllen Memorial (TX)

Memorial (Houston, TX)

Milton (GA)

Monroe County (KY)

Nazareth (PA)

New Rochelle (NY)

North Branch (MI)

Odessa (TX)

Parkersburg Catholic (WV)

Pella Christian (IA)

Plano (TX)

Plano East (TX)

Queensbury (NY)

Ridgefield (CT)

Saunders (NY)

Southwestern Central (Jamestown, NY)

Strake Jesuit (TX)

Stratford (SC)

St. Joseph's (IN)

St. Joseph's (NJ)

Temple (TX)

Terrebonne (LA)

Thomas Jefferson (VA)

Thousand Islands (NY)

Torrey Pines (CA)

Vandebilt Catholic (LA)

Vanguard (FL)

West Brook (TX)

West Florence (SC)

Western Reserve (OH)

Wheelersburg (OH)

White Plains (NY)

William Tennent (PA)

Ysleta (TX)

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