John Marshall High School (Northside)
|John Marshall High School|
[[Image:|center||John Marshall High School logo]]
|History||Marshall won the Region IV competition in 1991, and was competitive during the eighties and nineties, but last qualified for state in 2005. A recent resurgence by Marshall landed them at the top of their region once again, qualifying for state in 2016, 2017, and 2018|
|City||San Antonio, Texas|
|Team Colors||Maroon and White|
|Head Coach||Ruben Pena|
|Associate/Other Head Coach(es)||Anthony Gonzales, Thomas Gage|
|Regional/County Championships||3 (1991,2016,2018)|
|Region/County Location||Region IV|
|Highest Finish||Seventh in 1991 Texas Academic Decathlon State Championship|
John Marshall High School, home to the Rams, was competitive at state during the late eighties and early nineties, earning seventh at State in 1991, marking the highest point the Marshall Rams had performed at State up to that point (and remains their best performance since that time). Marshall remained competitive to qualify for state on several occasions up until 2005.
Struggle and Resurgence
However, by 2012-13, the Rams had fallen on hard times, finishing last among all teams in Region IV. The following year, Ruben Pena became the head coach of the Rams and began a remarkable transformation, taking the team from last to third. In 2014-15, Marshall nearly qualified for state on the backs of Darwin Henderson and Reid Christopher leading the Honors (A) category.
In 2015-16, the Rams team comprised of Courtney Acevedo, Justin Allen, Joshua Garcia, Darwin Henderson, Alyssa Kerr, Dylan Lewis, Victor Saadeh, Alex Trejos, and Laura Vela. This team would go on to secure Marshall's first championship in a quarter-century and earning an automatic berth into the State competition.
The 2016-17 team fell short of winning back-to-back Regional titles, but managed a strong enough score to earn an at-large berth into the State competition.
The 2017-18 team, lead by decathletes Julian Gentry, Jenny Stewart, Collin Ward, Giovanni Carrasco, Ben Updike, Abby Ostmo and Devin Geelhoed led the Rams effort to an emphatic Regional title, winning the Super Quiz with 29/39 and with multiple individual finishes: 1st and 2nd in Varsity (Stewart and Gentry, respectively), 1st and 5th in Scholastic (Ward and Carrasco, respectively) and 1st, 2nd and 4th in Honors respectively (Updike, Geelhoed and Ostmo, respectively). Ben Updike's 8,629 would lead the way for Marshall to win with 44,350.2 points.