|1996 National Academic Championship|
|Edited by||Questions Unlimited|
|Site||New Orleans & Marymount University in Arlington, VA|
Houston Memorial took the title by beating defending champion Maggie Walker (then "Governor's School") in the finals 370-325. Governor's School defeated Manheim Township in the semifinals of the Marymount phase 425-405. Tournament was held in two phases, at New Orleans and at Marymount University in Arlington, VA. 125 total teams participated.
Beall offered the winning team their choice of a set of plane tickets, championship rings or $2,500 in scholarships.
Incomplete list of schools known to be in the 125-team field
Governor's School (VA)
Houston Memorial (TX)
James Island (SC)
Manheim Township (PA)
St. Joseph (NJ)
West Chester East (PA)