|Club President||Eric Yin|
|State Championships||NAQT: 2012, 2013, 2018, 2019|
MSHSAA Class 4: 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019
|National Championships||2013 NSC, 2013 NASAT, 2017 NSC (JV)|
|National Appearances||HSNCT: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2019|
PACE: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
NHBB: 2019 (JV)
Ladue Horton Watkins High School ("LADUE??!" for short) is a public high school in the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area.
Ladue won the Class 4 MSHSAA state titles in 2006 and 2009 despite attending almost no tournaments, doing so due to knowledge gained in the real world and the relative weakness of the Missouri canon. After teams led by Max Schindler and Ben Zhang began attending tournaments regularly, Ladue dominated Missouri quizbowl and became one of the best teams in the nation, winning two national titles in 2013.
The team experienced a period of decline after 2014, but returned to prominence in 2016-2017 when it won the national JV title and once again became the dominant team in Missouri.
Beginning with Max Schindler's improvements in the 2009–2010 season, Ladue proved itself as the undisputed top Missouri team of the first half of the 2010's, winning the vast majority of Missouri tournaments they attended from 2011-2014, often doing so undefeated. Ladue won the MSHSAA Class 4 state championship in 2011–2014, and won the NAQT Missouri Qualifier when it attended that tournament in 2012 and 2013.
Following Ben Zhang's graduation in 2014, Ladue did not even advance to the district playoffs in 2015, breaking a streak of 9 consecutive State appearances. However, in 2016, freshmen Moses Schindler and Raj Paul led Ladue to a 2nd place finish at the MSHSAA Class 4 state championship behind Hickman. In 2017, Ladue once again finished 2nd at MSHSAA State, this time behind Washington.
Return to Dominance
In the 2017–2018 season, Ladue once again rose to dominate the Missouri circuit, this time with Raj Paul and Akshay Govindan as their leading scorers. They went undefeated to any in-state team the entire season, winning nearly all of their tournaments including the NAQT Missouri Qualifier and the MSHSAA state championship.
This dominance continued into the 2018–2019 season, during which Ladue earned their fourth NAQT Missouri title and eighth MSHSAA State title. The team incurred only a single loss to an in-state team all season, to St. Joseph Central at the NAQT Qualifier. Ladue B was also quite dominant, led by senior Jack Madden. The full B team placed 2nd at MFAT—beating out teams such as Louisiana—while an incomplete B team (consisting of Madden and several C team members) placed 5th at the NAQT Missouri Qualifier.
Battle for Missouri
Despite graduating most of the previous season's A team, Ladue managed to quickly rebuild in 2019–20 under juniors Louis Li and Eric Yin. However, the rise of a formidable in-state opponent in the St. Louis Patriots prevented Ladue from achieving the same level of dominance as in years past. The upstart Patriots defeated Ladue A in the playoffs of WUFAT, and in the finals of both WHIT and the NAQT Missouri Qualifier. However, Ladue successfully defended their tournament titles at the Patriot-less MFAT and WUHSAC. Despite placing below STL Patriots at every tournament, Ladue A was somehow ranked higher than them in every GrogerRanks that season, which became a running joke at the time.
Though still among the best B teams in the state, Ladue B didn't fare as well as before, falling short of making the playoffs at any non-novice tournament until the NAQT Qualifier. There, the B team lost only one close match in the prelims to STL Patriots, then defeated North Kansas City A in the playoffs—ultimately finishing 12th overall.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ladue A frequently competed in online tournaments with national or super-regional fields. Though the team rarely won these tournaments, they often finished highly against many of the nation's top teams.
Ladue continued their strength going into the 2020–21 season, returning most of their players. Ladue A placed 1st at the 2020 Kickapoo Classic, while the B team placed 5th, not far behind.
A team of Max Schindler, Zev Kane, Ben Zhang, Jeremy Novack, and Haohang Xu tied for 13th at the 2011 HSNCT, where Max was an All-Star. Ladue tied for 5th at the 2012 HSNCT and placed 10th at the 2012 NSC.
In 2013, a Ladue A team of Schindler, Zhang, Xu, and Jialin Ding placed 2nd at HSNCT to LASA A, and Ladue B tied for 21st after going 7-3 in the prelims. The same Ladue A team won the 2013 NSC after defeating LASA A twice in a row, and was selected to be the Missouri NASAT team, winning the tournament in the first game of an advantaged final with Texas.
In 2014, a Ladue A team of Zhang, Ding, Kisan Thakkar, and Michael Prablek finished fourth at NSC, with two losses to St. John's and a 30 point loss to tournament champion LASA A. A team of Zhang, Ding, Thakkar, and Sam Crowder then finished fourth at HSNCT, with a 420-345 loss to Arcadia A and a 375-365 loss to LASA B.
In 2016, a Ladue A team of Raj Paul, Royce Dong, Michael Muzinich, and Logan Page finished 56th at NSC, and the Ladue B team of Akshay Govindan, Glen Morgenstern, Will Gorski, Jack Madden, Jeffrey Wang, and Charlie Loitman placed 85th.
In 2019, a Ladue A team of Raj, Akshay, and Louis Li tied for 19th at HSNCT, after going undefeated in the prelims except for a loss against eventual champion Beavercreek. The same Ladue A team with the addition of Moses (who was sick during HSNCT) placed 11th at NSC after a close 30-point loss to Strake Jesuit and a 60-point loss to Miami Valley.
- Max Schindler's 135 tossups (of 250 possible) in the 2011 MSHSAA State Championship broke Mike Wehrman's longstanding record of 133 set in 1997.
- Ladue set a new record for most points scored throughout the five round State tournament in three consecutive years, breaking the previous record of 2585 with scores of 2840 in 2011, 3360 in 2012, and 3500 in 2013 (700 of 900 points per game). Ladue's total scores of 3020 points in 2014 and 2910 points in 2018 gives Ladue the top 5 spots on this list through 2018.
- Ladue broke the single-game record of 640 points that stood for sixteen years three times in 2012, with a high score of 750 (of 900 possible). In fact, Ladue's average in five games was higher than this previous single-game record. Ladue then broke their own record the next year by scoring 830 points in a preliminary game. As of 2018, Ladue holds 9 of the top 10 highest scoring games in State history.
- As of 2018:
- Ladue holds the three highest scores in State championship games, setting the state record of 600 in 2013. Ladue also scored a semifinal record of 690 points in 2012.
- Ladue has reached the State tournament twelve times, leading all schools in number of Class 4 tournament appearances and finishing in the top three each time. Since their first appearance in 2006, Ladue had only missed the 2015 tournament. Nine consecutive appearances from 2006-2014 is a Class 4 record streak, matched by Savannah (2000-2008, sometimes in Class 4 but mostly in Class 3). Thomas Jefferson still holds the record of 10 consecutive top three finishes (1999-2008 in Class 1).
- Ladue's streak of four consecutive state championships only matches the Class 4 streak set by North Kansas City in the first four state tournaments from 1996-1999. Ladue's six consecutive appearances in the championship game from 2009-2014 is a Class 4 record, surpassing the four consecutive appearances by North Kansas City, Parkway Central, and Liberty.
- Ladue's eight championships and three second place finishes are the Class 4 records for championship game wins and appearances.
According to NAQT's database:
- Ladue set the record for most points per tossups heard over the course of a tournament on an IS or higher difficulty set with 590.56 points per 20 tossups heard at the 2012 Villa Duchesne Invitational, breaking the previous record of 586.11 by Detroit Country Day in 2010. Ladue later broke their own record with 610.77 points per 20 tossups heard at the March 2013 NAQT Missouri Qualifier. This remained an NAQT record until Hunter scored 627.27 points per 20 tossups heard on March 18, 2017.
- Ladue set the record for most points per tossups heard in a single game on an IS or higher difficulty set with 765 points on 20 tossups heard at the March 2013 NAQT Missouri Qualifier, with a 14-5-1 stat line and 26.84 points per bonus. This was surpassed by Richard Montgomery at the December 2014 VCU Winter Tournament VII with 795 points on 20 tossups heard.
Starting in 2011, Ladue began hosting the Ladue Invitational Spring Tournament (LIST), usually using a well-received housewritten question set but sometimes mirroring other sets. Ladue mirrored the VTACO set in 2015 and FACTS in 2018. In 2019, Ladue used the CAST set it had written in collaboration with other teams. The tournament did not occur in 2016 or 2020.
Ladue has also sporadically hosted a Ladue Fall Novice Tournament, mirroring various novice-level question sets. This tournament has occurred in 2011 (using FNT), 2013 (using SCOP Novice), and most recently in 2019 (using RAMS).
- Will Bender
- Theo Miller
- Anthony Chaboude
- Yuvan Chali
- Max Yang
- Sophia Xu
- Michael Wayne (2020)
- Matt Shareshian (2020)
- Sean Ferguson (2020)
- Raj Paul (2019)
- Moses Schindler (2019)
- Akshay Govindan (2019)
- Jack Madden (2019)
- Glen Morgenstern (2018)
- Will Gorski (2018)
- Charlie Loitman (2018)
- Philip Adams (2017)
- Jeffrey Wang (2017)
- Royce Dong (2016)
- Logan Page (2016)
- Spencer Chen (2016)
- Tom Liu (2016)
- Linhan Chen (2015)
- Brian Jiang (2015)
- Ibhan Kulkarni (2015)
- Dasha Malkova (2015)
- Michael Prablek (2015)
- Kevin Yang (2015)
- Enze Chen (2014)
- Emily Chu (2014)
- Sam Crowder (2014)
- Jialin Ding (2014)
- Mohith Nagaraj (2014)
- Stella Schindler (2014)
- Kisan Thakkar (2014)
- Ben Zhang (2014)
- Toby Zhu (2014)
- David Abraham (2013)
- Sarah Allen (2013)
- Collin Christner (2013)
- Sushant Koirala (2013)
- Sydney Petersen (2013)
- Taylor Petersen (2013)
- Max Schindler (2013)
- Mukund Subramanian (2013)
- Haohang Xu (2013)
- Zev Kane (2011)
- Ryan Liu (2011)
- Jeremy Novack (2011)
- Ravi Upadhyayula (2011)
- Aojia Zhao (2011)
- Zach Bell (2010)
- Lukas Bundonis (2010)
- Sam Lite (2010)
- Ronit Patniak (2010)
- Jason Bell (2009)
- Jack Chen (2009)
- Tim Pulisetty (2009)
- Marc Prablek (2009)
- Jason Wu (2006)
2012-13 Academic Year
|10/20||Missouri Fall||NAQT IS-118||A||13-1||1/32|||
|12/01||Tiger Bowl V||HSAPQ-32||A||13-0||1/31|||
|2/02||Mort Walker Invitational||GSAC||A||11-0||1/24|||
|3/02||NAQT Missouri Qualifier||NAQT IS-124||A||13-0||1/30|||