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Streator Bulldogs
Streator, Illinois
Coaches Rob Tyne
Program Status Unknown
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Streator High School is a public high school in Streator, Illinois, between Chicago and Peoria. It competes in Class AA, the "large school" division, of the Illinois High School Association's (IHSA) State Championship Series.

The team was one of the most active teams in Illinois during the 1980s under the leadership of Jerry Vandemark, who is a member of the IHSSBCA Hall of Fame, driving to pretty much every tournament that existed during that time.

Streator became one of the strongest teams in Illinois during the late 1990s, placing in the top four in the IHSA State Tournament in 1998, 1999, and 2000. The team also participated in tournaments in the Chicagoland Area and at Decatur MacArthur, exposing itself to the best questions and toughest competition available at the time. In 1999, they lost in the IHSA State Semifinal to Decatur MacArthur when the last tossup was a repeat of a question from the year before and the last bonus, which MacArthur needed to sweep, involved finding areas of rectangles given their bases and heights. They lost the 2000 Final in the Masonic tournament to Stevenson on the last question as well. Their top player was Ben Ricca, who was generally considered the top player in Illinois during that era. He formed a question writing company called Illinois Questions along with Tim Holbrook of University (Normal) and David Shalowitz of New Trier that lasted a few years after the three of them played together on Team Illinois at PAC.

The team was coached after that by John Burke and was active. Burke retired around 2013.

In 2023, Streator competed in the Academic Worldquest Tournament hosted by the World Affairs Council of America in Washington, D.C.

Notable Team Accomplishments

  • IHSA State Tournament: 2000 - 3rd Place (2A), 1999 - 4th Place (2A), 1998 - 4th Place (2A).
  • Masonic State Tournament: 2000 - 2nd Place, 1998 - 3rd Place, 1996 - 2nd Place
  • IHSA Sectional titles: 2000 (2A), 1999 (2A), 1998 (2A), 1988, 1986
  • IHSA Regional titles: 2015 (2A), 2011 (2A)
  • Interstate-8 Conference Champions: 2017
  • IHSSBCA NAQT Illinois State Championship: 2015 - 35th, 2014 - 35th