West Suburban Conference

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The West Suburban Conference or WSC is a long established competitive league that serves 14 large public high schools in the western suburbs of Chicago. All member schools compete in the "large school" class (Class AA) of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). In general, its teams do not play much quizbowl outside of the conference and IHSA meets, though occasionally a competitive team emerges and places well at local tournaments, state championships, and national championships. As there are currently 12 teams, 6 meets are organized between October and February at three locations hosting four schools each. Teams play two matches at each meet, slowly playing a round robin, with the 12th match being against the same team as the 1st match.


Gold Division*

School Town Nickname Enrollment
Addison Trail High School Addison, Illinois Blazers 1,874 (2008)
Downers Grove South High School Downers Grove, Illinois Mustangs 3,183 (2008)
Hinsdale South High School Darien, Illinois Hornets 1,882 (2008)
Leyden High Schools Franklin Park, Illinois Eagles 3,492 (2008)
Morton High Schools Cicero, Illinois Mustangs 7,945 (2008)
Willowbrook High School Villa Park, Illinois Warriors 2,145 (2008)

Silver Division*

School Town Nickname Enrollment
Downers Grove North High School Downers Grove, Illinois Trojans 2,266 (2008)
Glenbard West High School Glen Ellyn, Illinois Hilltoppers 2,127 (2008)
Hinsdale Central High School Hinsdale, Illinois Red Devils 2,624 (2008)
Lyons Township High School La Grange, Illinois Lions 3,840 (2008)
Oak Park and River Forest High School Oak Park, Illinois Huskies 3,098 (2008)
York Community High School Elmhurst, Illinois Dukes 2,582 (2008)

  • The Gold and Silver Divisions are each missing one team, Proviso East and Proviso West, respectively, because neither school currently fields a Scholastic Bowl team.


The West Suburban Conference champion is decided officially by the winner of the 12 game regular season. The only tiebreaker is head-to-head, so in the case that the top two teams happened to have played each other twice and split, such as in 2011-12, the regular season title is split. The school that wins the regular season gets its name engraved on a board of all the winners, and the top two teams qualify for HSNCT.

The end of season conference tournament, confusingly, also determines an official champion. The format is a painstakingly slow single-elimination format, with teams still playing two games each week. It may or may not determine who wins a plaque, but honestly no one knows, since usually the same team wins both.

NAQT Years

Year Champion Record Runner-up Record|
2013-14 Hinsdale Central 15-0 Lyons Township 12-3
2012-13* Hinsdale Central 11-1 Downers Grove North 11-1
2011-12 Downers Grove North 14-1 Hinsdale Central / Oak Park-River Forest 12-2 / 12-3
2010-11 Oak Park-River Forest - Downers Grove North
2009-2010 Oak Park-River Forest 14-1 - -

The 2013 conference tournament cancelled due to weather and scheduling

National Tournament Attendance

  • 2010- HSNCT: OPRF, 9-5, T-17
  • 2014- HSNCT: OPRF, 4-6, 173; Hinsdale Central A, 8-5, T-34; Hinsdale Central B, 2-8, 258