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Dunlap Eagles
Dunlap, Illinois
Coaches Aaron Barrington
State Championships none
Program Status active
School Size 1287
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Dunlap High School is a public high school located near Peoria, Illinois. Coached by Aaron Barrington for over thirty years, the Eagles have represented the best quiz bowl program in the Peoria-area as perennial contenders since the late 1990's.

Dunlap competes in Class AA, the "large school" division, of the Illinois High School Association’s State Championship Series. Most notably, at the 2017 IHSA State Championship Tournament, Dunlap upset Stevenson, who were favorites to win the class AA division. In that tournament, Dunlap would finish 4th behind Auburn. The team also competes in the Mid-Illini Conference & Peoria Area League.

To date, Dunlap is the Peoria area's most recent State finalist & the first Class 2A finalist in over 20 years. By virtue of their enduring success, Dunlap ranks as the best all-time quiz bowl program in the region.

Many Eagles' alumni have gone to play collegiately including, Tim McElroy '03 (Chicago) & Paul Lee '15 (UPenn/WUSTL).

One source of Dunlap's success is the strength of its junior high programs (Dunlap Middle, Dunlap Valley), which have shown equal, if not greater, success at the State & local levels over the years. Several of these players have gone on to play for IMSA.

Notable Team Accomplishments

  • IHSA State Championship Tournament: 2017 4th Place Class 2A
  • IHSA Sectional Titles: (6) 2023 2A, 2017 2A, 2015 2A, 2003 1A, 2000 1A, 1998 1A
  • IHSA Regional Titles: (12) 2023 2A, 2021 2A, 2019 2A, 2018 2A, 2017 2A, 2016 2A, 2015 2A, 2014 2A, 2012 2A, 2008 2A, 2007 2A, 2003 1A
  • Masonic State Tournament Qualifier: (9) 2023 (3A), 2020 (3A), 2019 (3A), 2018 (3A), 2017 (3A), 2015 (3A), 2014 (AA), 2001, 1999
  • Mid-Illini Conference Champions: (7) 2023, 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2015, 2014

IHSSBCA Individual Awards

All-Sectional Honorees

  • 2022-23: Srujan Ropelkar, Michael Sinha (Class 2A)
  • 2021-22: David Harris (Class 2A)
  • 2019-20: Ken Johnson (Class 2A)
  • 2018-19: Ken Johnson (Class 2A)
  • 2016-17: Matthew Lee, Ethan Carpenter (Class 2A)
  • 2014-15: Paul Lee (Class 2A)
  • 2013-14: Paul Lee (Class 2A)
  • 2012-13: Austin Rohlfing (Class 2A)
  • 2009-10: Stephanie Brattain, Eric Topel (Class 2A)
  • 2008-09: Pierce Bertschy, Matt Sappington, Ryan Recker (Class 2A)
  • 2007-08: Pierce Bertschy, Tyler Morrell (Class 2A)
  • 2006-07: Pierce Bertschy, Tyler Morrell (Class 2A)
  • 2003-04: Brice Sarver (Class 2A)
  • 2002-03: Tim McElroy, Justin King (Class 1A)
  • 2001-02: Nick Johnson (Class 1A)

All-State Honorees

  • 2022-23: Srujan Roplekar (Second Team) Class 2A
  • 2014-15: Paul Lee (Second Team) Class 2A
  • 2007-08: Tyler Morrell (Second Team) Class 2A
  • 2002-03: Tim McElroy (Second Team) Class 1A
  • 2001-02: Nick Johnson (First Team) Class 1A