J. Frank Dobie High School

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J. Frank Dobie High School
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School Founded 1968
Team Established 1985
History Dobie has won 2 National Championships and 4 State Championships. Richard Golenko founded the program in the late 1980s before retiring in 2004. The Dobie team resumed operations in 2006-07, and won State in 2011 under the new coach, Steven Higginbotham, a former Dobie decathlete under Golenko. Bob Daugherty took over the team in 2017, after Higginbotham abruptly abandoned the team weeks into the school year.
City Houston, Texas
Team Colors Burnt Orange, White
Principal Franklin Moses
Head Coach Bob Daugherty
Associate/Other Head Coach(es) Todd Geries, Thomas Etienne, Cecily Haley
National Championships 2, (1992,1996)
State Championships 4, (1992,1996,2003, 2011)
Regional/County Championships 14 (1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011)
Region/County Location Region V
Highest Finish National Champions (twice; 1992,1996)
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J. Frank Dobie High School[edit]

J. Frank Dobie High School (Dobie for short) has won 4 Texas state championships and 2 national championships, with a runner-up finish in their other appearances. Dobie has also gotten 5 second-place finishes, most of them behind James E. Taylor. Richard Golenko led the team for many years, before stepping down in 2004. After Golenko retired, he left such a void that the school did not even field a team for two years until a veteran of the 1995 Dobie decathlon team, Steven Higginbotham, became coach in 2006. All five years under Higginbotham the team has finished in the top 10 at state. In December 2010, Dobie achieved the highest score in the nation on the Round 1 Test. In late February 2011, Dobie won State for the fourth time, advancing to the nationals competition held in late April in Charlotte, NC. Dobie scored over 50,000 for the first time in Dobie's history at the 2011 Nationals competition, but came in second to California overall. However, Higginbotham's 2011 team racked up 31 individual medals (a Texas record), and maintained Dobie's tradition of winning both the Super Quiz Relay and Super Quiz overall competitions, beating California by one question in each.

The team began a new chapter in 2017, after Higginbotham left the team in the middle of the school year. Leadership of the team was taken over by then Assistant Coach Bob Daugherty. The former head coach of the Sam Rayburn High School team, Daugherty returned after 20 years away from the job, bringing with him both his experience in the field and his passion for the competition. Despite the abrupt change in leadership and having their school shut down for two weeks in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Dobie's 2017-2018 team finished in sixth place at the state competition.

In all but one of its active years of competition (which excludes the decommissioned period) since 1985, Dobie has advanced to State.


Year Regionals Score Regionals Rank State Score State Rank
2017 46,234.8 2 46,857.4 4
2016 45,246.0 3 45,648.2 12
2015 45,254.0 4 47,383.7 6
2014 44,435.9 3 43,596.5 8
2013 43,866 (with SQ) 2 42,520.4 8
2012 42,035.7 2 42,874.2 10
2011 49,028 1 50,469.7 1
2010 45,590 1 46,093.4 3
2009 43,309.5 2 45,667 4
2008 45,838 2 46,622 4
2007 41,091 3 41,852 9
2006 DNC DNC DNC DNC
2005 DNC DNC DNC DNC
2004 43,874 1 43,403 8
2003 45,803 1 48,103 1
2002 46,692 1 47,381 2
2001 ? 1 43,975 2
2000 48,454 1 51,521 2
1999 ? 1 49,547 2
1998 ? 1 46,553 5
1997 45,938 1 - 3
1996 49,888 1 49,926 1
1995 47,595 1 46,162 2
1994 DNC DNC DNC DNC
1993 ? ? 43,539 9
1992 51,415 1 48,657 1
1991 ? 1 46,180 2
1990 ? 1 42,863 5

Record Board[edit]

Honors: Jeremy Morris, 2011 Nationals - 9,059.4

Scholastic: Rahat Ahmed, 2000 State - 9,026

Varsity: Eddie Nunez, 2011 State - 8,726.0

Highest Objective Total: Jeremy Morris, 2011 Nationals - 6226.4

Highest Subjective Total: Tad Walters, 2011 State - 2986.6