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Cary-Grove Trojans
Cary, Illinois
Coaches Ellen Lada
State Championships none]
Program Status active
School Size 1617
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Cary-Grove High School is a public high school in Cary, Illinois in the northwest Chicago suburbs near Barrington. It competes in Class AA, the "big school" division, of the Illinois High School Association's State Championship series. The Trojans also compete in the Fox Valley Conference.

Cary-Grove is one of the oldest quiz bowl programs in Illinois history predating modern scholastic bowl by many years. The Trojans began competing in the mid-1960's behind IHSSBCA Hall of Fame coach, Harold "Bud" Lachel. They remained a contender well through the 1990's with its best appearance at the 1991 IHSA State Championship Tournament where Cary-Grove finished 2nd to Centralia, 222-376, the last year of the single-class tournament.

The Trojans have been frequent hosts of Masonic Sectionals, IHSA Regionals, & IHSA Sectional tournaments.

Notable Team Accomplishments

  • IHSA State Tournament: 1991 - 2nd Place
  • IHSA Sectional titles: 1996-2A, 1991
  • IHSA Regional titles: 2023-2A, 2021-2A, 2014-2A, 2010-2A, 2009-2A, 2007-2A
  • Masonic State Qualifier: 1997
  • Fox Valley Conference Champions: 2023

Individual Awards

IHSSBCA All-Sectional Honorees

  • 2022: Brady Seaburg (2A)