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Ladue, MO
Club President None
Coaches Jonah Krueger
State Championships 2012, 2013 NAQT
2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 MSHSAA Class 4
National Championships 2013 NSC, 2013 NASAT
National Appearances HSNCT: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
PACE: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
Program Status Unknown
School Size Unknown

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.

State Dominance

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.

Nationals Performances

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.



Ladue's incredible talent, combined with a switch to NAQT questions in the 2011 season, led the team to shatter many MSHSAA State championship tournament records.

  • 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 score of 3020 points in 2014 gives Ladue the top 4 spots on this list.
  • 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 2015, Ladue holds 8 of the top 9 highest scoring games in State history.
  • As of 2015:
    • 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's nine appearances in the State tournament are tied for the Class 4 lead (with Cape Girardeau Central). These appearances occurred consecutively from 2006-2014, a period during which Ladue placed no worse than third, which is a Class 4 record streak, matched by Savannah (2000-2008, usually 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 six championships and one second place finish match the Class 4 record for championship game appearances held by North Kansas City.


According to NAQT's database:

  • Ladue set the record for most points per tossups heard in a tournament's preliminary rounds on an IS or higher difficulty set with 640.0 points per 20 tossups heard at the March 2013 NAQT Missouri Qualifier, breaking the previous record of 635.0 set just two months before by Detroit Catholic Central. This remains an NAQT record as of May 9, 2015.
  • 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 LIST, an annual housewritten tournament which has been well-received across the country. In 2015, Ladue mirrored the VTACO set.

Current Members

Seniors (2017)

Juniors (2018)

Sophomores (2019)


Tournament Results

2012-13 Academic Year

Date Tournament Question Set Team Record Rank Stats
10/20 Missouri Fall NAQT IS-118 A 13-1 1/32 [1]
B 9-3 3/32 [2]
C 4-6 18/32 [3]
D 4-6 19/32 [4]
E 2-8 29/32 [5]
12/01 Tiger Bowl V HSAPQ-32 A 13-0 1/31 [6]
B 10-2 2/31 [7]
C 6-4 11/31 [8]
D 4-6 25/31 [9]
2/02 Mort Walker Invitational GSAC A 11-0 1/24 [10]
B 11-2 2/24 [11]
C 9-3 3/24 [12]
D 8-3 9/24 [13]
E 6-5 14/24 [14]
2/16 WUHSAC XV BHSAT A 11-1 1/28 [15]
B 5-4 17/28 [16]
3/02 NAQT Missouri Qualifier NAQT IS-124 A 13-0 1/30 [17]
B 10-3 2/30 [18]
C 4-6 16/30 [19]
D 2-8 28/30 [20]

External links


PACE National Scholastic Championship Champions

MSHSAA Class 4 State Champion
Preceded by
Succeeded by
North Kansas City
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
North Kansas City
NAQT Missouri Champion
Preceded by
Succeeded by
2012, 2013