Lathrop High School

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Lathrop High School
Lathrop High School logo
School Founded 1955
Team Established ?
History Lathrop has won 10 Alaska state championships since 2000.
City Fairbanks, Alaska
Team Colors Purple and gold
Principal Robert Meade
Head Coach Chris Benshoof
Associate/Other Head Coach(es)
National Championships None
State Championships 10: 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2017
Regional/County Championships (?): 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016
Region/County Location Fairbanks
Highest Finish 16th (4th in Division II): 2010 Nationals
School Website {{{website}}}

School Profile[edit]

Lathrop High School is the oldest school in Fairbanks, Alaska, and serves the eastern part of the Fairbanks area. It is named after Alaskan businessman Austin E. "Cap" Lathrop (1865-1950). It first became strong in Academic Decathlon in the 1999-2000 season, and has been one of the top teams in the state since then, winning 10 state titles in the past 18 years (as of 2018). The coach is Chris Benshoof, a 2001 Lathrop graduate and a math teacher at Lathrop. Lathrop achieved its highest scores ever during the 2007 season, but was narrowly defeated by West Valley High School at both regionals and state. It was again defeated by West Valley at both regionals and state in 2008, but came back to win regionals and state by a wide margin in 2009. At 2009 nationals, Patricia Gerdes placed 3rd in Division II Honors, earning Lathrop's first individual overall medal. Lathrop won the Alaska state competition again in 2010. At nationals, Patricia Gerdes placed 2nd in Division II Scholastic with 8,247.8 points, the highest score ever achieved by a Lathrop Decathlete up until that point. The 2018 State Competition saw Lathrop senior Grace Martin break Lathrop's overall record with a score of 8,351.0. Jeremiah Malenfant also notably broke Lathrop's record for first time competitor with a score of 7,801.9. Since 2010, Lathrop has traded off wins with its cross-town rival West Valley High School, consistently being one of the top teams in the state. It placed first or second every year from 2000 to 2014, and from 2016-2018.

Record Board[edit]

Updated as of 2018.

Overall Team: 2007 State - 42,776.9

Overall Honors: Grace Martin, 2018 State - 8,351.0

Overall Scholastic: Patricia Gerdes, 2010 Nationals - 8,247.8

Overall Varsity: Meghan Packee, 2008 State - 7,447.7

Overall First-time Competitior: Jeremiah Malenfant, 2018 State - 7,801.9

Performance Chart[edit]

Year Regionals Score Regionals Rank State Score State Rank Nationals Score Nationals Rank
2018 ~36,000 1 41,987.1 2 DNC DNC
2017 Unknown 1 38,856.9 1 38,558.4 18
2016 34,448.9 1 36,470.5 2 DNC DNC
2015 34,867.9 2 38,784.0 3 DNC DNC
2014 34,180 2 38,786.2 1 36,483.0 27
2013 33,034.7 1 36,154.6 2 DNC DNC
2012 33,915 2 38,025.7 1 37,732.2 18
2011 ~34,700 1 36,853.7 2 DNC DNC
2010 36,461.2 1 38,470.7 1 38,371.1 16
2009 33,760.1 1 37,251.9 1 36,724.1 23
2008 35,440.6 2 38,676.5 2 DNC DNC
2007 39,452.5 2 42,776.9 2 DNC DNC
2006 37,181.0 1 37,967.4 1 36,586.5 23
2005 37,528.0 1 37,895.1 2 DNC DNC
2004 2 40,687.3 1 39,887.6 17
2003 1 38,136.6 1 38,008.7 17