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State College Area High School
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Location:
State College, PA
Club President None
Coaches Matthew Patton, Sheila Abruzzo
State Championships 2009, 2010
National Championships NSC: 1998 NSC, 1999 NSC, 2000 NSC, 2001 NSC, 2010 NSC,
HSNCT: 2011 HSNCT; 2011 NSC; 2000 HSNCT
NAC: 1998 NAC
ACF DII: 2011, 2010
National Appearances numerous
Program Status Unknown
School Size Unknown

The State College Area High School is a public high school team in State College, Pennsylvania. One of the greatest programs in the modern era of quizbowl, the State College dynasty has won six PACE NSCs, two HSNCTs, and one NAC. During that time State College was coached by Julie Gittings, who was the recipient of the 2007 Benjamin Cooper Academic Ambassador Award for her unprecedented achievements. They also did Knowledge Masters, which won seven times, Science Bowl, and Ocean Bowl. Mount Nittany and Park Forest are State College's feeder middle schools.

Until recently, State College hosted SCAT, a spring NAQT IS-A Tournament.

History

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The State College quizbowl team has its origins in the Knowledge Master Open club.

The 2010 season saw State College claim title at the ACF DII and PACE NSC championship. Members of State Colleges competing as Pennsylvania won the inaugural NASAT over South Carolina.

Julie Gittings retired from teaching in 2011 and was replaced as quizbowl coach by Karin Sutherland. In recent years State College has been less dominant on the national stage.

Records

  • They are the only team to win either a particular national or any national in four straight years, by winning all four PACE NSC tournaments from 1998 to 2001. They also won an NAC title and an NAQT title during that timeframe. State College is the only team to successfully defend its title as NSC champion (and did so again in 2011).
  • State College holds the record for a game-by-game winning streak at the PACE NSC. Their 37-victory streak is bookended by playoff bracket losses to Henry Ford II in 1998 and Georgetown Day in 2001.

Alumni

Former Coaches

  • Smita Gandhi
  • Julie Gittings (1997-2011)


Succession of titles

 

PACE National Scholastic Championship Champions

1998-2007
2008-2017
 

NAQT High School National Championship Tournament Champions

1999-2008
2009-2018
Other
ACF Nationals Division II Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Ike Jose
2010
State College
ACF Nationals Division II Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
State College
2011
Haverford

Succession of minor titles

NAC Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Edison
1998
James Island