|"Team Coldhug Polardogs"|
|Club President||Cooper Roh|
|Coaches||Unknown (position vacant?)|
|State Championships||2019 (NHBB New England regional, JV division)|
|National Appearances||Nat'l History Bowl: 2019, runner-up|
|School Size||approx. 635|
The Hotchkiss history bowl & quizbowl program, from The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT, known as Team Coldhug, was established during the 2018-19 academic year. Though the "Polardogs" won the NHBB New England regional championship in their inaugural season, their most notable achievement to date came when freshman Cooper Roh carried them to a 2nd place finish at the 2019 National History Bowl finals in the JV division after an impressive "Cinderella" run in the tournament. They finished runners-up to a #1-ranked Hunter College A team that was led by Pedro Juan Orduz.
Hotchkiss earned a bid to, but did not attend, the 2019 edition of NAQT HSNCT.
Origin of "Coldhug" nickname
- Their team nickname/pseudonym is a pun of sorts on the school's name, Hotchkiss. (Hotchkiss = "hot kiss" => "cold hug" = "Coldhug")
- Additionally, the team's self-stylized 'official mascot', the "Polardogs", is probably a parody of Hotchkiss's actual athletics nickname, the Bearcats.
Notable members include: