|Noted Subjects: |
Classics, Geography, Mythology, History, and Folklore
|Current Collegiate Team||Retired|
|Past Collegiate Teams||Harvard (2009-2012), Penn (2012-2016)|
|High School Team||MLK (2005-2008)|
|Middle School Team||None|
Dallas Simons was a quizbowl player at Harvard and Penn. He formerly played for MLK Magnet High School in Nashville, TN. Dallas is considered to be one of the best classics and Greco-Roman myth players of all time and one of the best active geography players. He is also known for his bitter rivalry with Jeff Hoppes for the title of Nicest Guy in Quizbowl.
He also led the winning team at the 2008 ACF Regionals Southeast tournament as a high school senior, topping over 80 ppg in the process. That year he lead his team to high finishes at both nationals again and was the 2nd highest individual scorer at HSNCT.
Dallas' performance at EFT3 was the subject of the Mind Games article by Christian Flow, and he quickly proved himself to be an dangerous member of Harvard's starting four, along with Ted Gioia, Andy Watkins, and Bruce Arthur. As a sophomore, he won both the 2009 EFT and 2009 ACF Fall playing solo.
Dallas joined the Penn team for two years as he finished a post-bac and started a PhD in Classics. He graduated with an MA from Penn in 2016 and currently works as an actuary.
Dallas is also among the quizbowlers on youtube, appearing in a film he directed to promote the image of Cabot House at Harvard . Simons claims his directorial work is most influenced by the desperate vitality of Herzog's films, the tension between the Orphic and the Dionysian in Cocteau's best work, and Bergman's love of computer-animated explosions.
Dallas Simons was actually a physics major in undergrad.
- 2012 QUARK Mid-Atlantic mirror - 1st place (with Eric Mukherjee, Saajid Moyen, and Patrick Liao)
- 2010 THUNDER 2nd place (with Ted Gioia and Stephen Liu)
- 2010 ACF Nationals - 10th place (with Andy Watkins and notably without Bruce Arthur)
- 2010 ACF Regionals - 4th place (Solo)
- 2010 Penn Bowl - 1st place (with Ted Gioia, Andy Watkins, and Bruce Arthur)
- 2009 ACF Fall - 1st place (Solo)
- 2009 EFT - 1st place (Solo)
- 2009 Chicago Open - 2nd place (with Jerry Vinokurov, Ted Gioia, and Eric Mukherjee)
- 2009 Missouri Open at Maryland - 1st place (with Eric Mukherjee, Dan Puma, and Ted Gioia)
- 2009 ACF Nationals - 6th place (with Ted Gioia, Andy Watkins, and Bruce Arthur)
- 2009 ICT - 3rd place (with Ted Gioia, Andy Watkins, and Kyle Haddad-Fonda)
- 2009 ACF Regionals - 1st place (with Ted Gioia, Andy Watkins, and Bruce Arthur)
- 2009 Penn Bowl - 3rd place (with Ted Gioia, Andy Watkins, and Bruce Arthur)
- 2008 ACF Fall - 2nd place (with Dennis Sun and Andy Watkins)