Des Moines North High School

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North High School
North High School logo
School Founded 1885
Team Established 1995
City Des Moines, Iowa
Team Colors Pink, green, and white
Principal Matt Smith
Head Coach Archie Cook (1998)
Associate/Other Head Coach(es) Mark Schmidt(2004)
National Championships None
State Championships None
Regional/County Championships 3 (2011-2013)
Region/County Location Central Iowa
Highest Finish 2011 - 4th Place IA state
School Website Des Moines North High School

Des Moines North High School is a public school in Des Moines, IA. North was founded in 1885 and has a 9-12 student enrollment of about 1100 students, placing it in the large schools division of Iowa and medium schools at the national level.

Mark Schmidt and Archie Cook are the head coaches of North's Academic Decathlon program, which has been competing since 1995.

Since 2004, when Mark Schmidt joined Archie Cook in coaching, the team has advanced to the state competition every year. In 2012, the team broke its record for highest score, attaining 35,051 at the state competition, putting it in 5th place. Although this score was the highest that North had ever achieved, the ranking this year was lower than the previous year, 2011.

Team History[edit]

Year Regional Rank Regionals Score State Rank State Score Nationals Rank
1998 Unknown 29,801 DNQ DNQ DNQ
1999 Unknown 22,272 DNQ DNQ DNQ
2000 Unknown 23,677 DNQ DNQ DNQ
2005 12th 24,652 10th 24,590 DNQ
2006 Unknown Unknown 8th 27,978 DNQ
2007 12th 26,564 Unknown Unknown DNQ
2008 9th 25,168 9th 27,764 DNQ
2009 Unknown Unknown 9th 29,631 DNQ
2010 8th 26,758 6th 28,184.1 DNQ
2011 5th 29,330.0[1] 4th 33,087 DNQ
2012 5th 31,021[1] 5th 35,051 7th - medium e-nationals
2013 4th 29,265.5[1] 3rd 32,754.4 10th - medium e-nationals

1. Iowa scores are extrapolated from 9 events (Iowa excludes Essay.) NOTE: Extrapolated scores do not always serve as accurate indicators: