Walnut Hills

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Walnut Hills
Cincinnati, OH
Coaches Brian Meeron
State Championships 2009
National Championships None
National Appearances HSNCT: 2006-10, 2016-19, 2022
MSNCT: 2022
Program Status Active
School Size 3,000
NAQT Page link

Walnut Hills High School is a six-year high school located in Cincinnati, Ohio.


The Illustrious Walnut Hills Quiz Team was founded around 1985. In the early 1990s, new history teacher Scott K. Grunder became coach. After wandering in the OAC wilderness for many years, Walnut Hills attended their first NAQT event in 2005, coming in second place at the Tippecanoe Academic Challenge to DCC. Since then, Walnut has competed occasionally on the Ohio circuit, frequently placing well at nearby events but not traveling as far or as frequently as other teams.

Walnut plays regular season games in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference using the OAC format, capturing eight straight conference championships from 2013 to 2020. Their success would last until the addition of Little Miami High School to the conference following the 2019-20 season. In the 2021-22 season, where OAC used mostly non-pyramidal "bad quizbowl" questions during the regular season, they suffered a last-question loss to Little Miami (on the question "What does ICU stand for?"), which would ultimately prevent them from sharing the regular season title.

Walnut won the 2009 NAQT Ohio State Championship, their only state championship in school history. Walnut attended the HSNCT every year from 2006 to 2010, placing 70th in 2006, t-13th in 2007, t-42nd in 2008, t-17th in 2009, and t-27th in 2010.

Since 2016, they have been coached by Brian Meeron, a math and statistics teacher, and qualified for the HSNCT in each of Meeron's first three years from 2017 to 2019, though they placed in the bottom half in each. Meeron's tenure has also seen the expansion of Walnut's middle school program, who placed second at the Ohio middle school state championship in 2021 and 2022, losing to Solon A and Incarnation Catholic A. They won their first ever tournament in 2022, the Northmont Middle School Invitational, and qualified for their first MSNCT in school history, where they went 3-5 and placed 93rd.

Current Roster

  • Nikhil Kothari (co-captain)
  • Benjamin Liu
  • Dogen Foster
  • Emory Domke
  • Maggie Flanders
  • Eliza O'Keefe (co-captain)
  • Nico Luginbill
  • Noah Esmail
  • Graham Dunwoodie
  • Chloe Goodman
  • Raghav Gangatirkar
  • Emma Smith
  • Alex Krol
  • Brodie Kreder
  • Declan Mohler
  • Miles Spieler
  • Cameron Bettinger
  • Nikolai Federov
  • Jackson Riddle
  • Ana Smith
  • Rick Roychoudhury
  • Shea Dillon
  • Ben Jump
  • Tiernan Hicks
  • Cal Wenstrup-Moore

Notable Alumni