Lathrop High School
|Lathrop High School|
|History||Lathrop has won 10 Alaska state championships since 2000.|
|Team Colors||Purple and gold|
|Head Coach||Chris Benshoof|
|Associate/Other Head Coach(es)|
|State Championships||10: 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2017|
|Regional/County Championships||(?): 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019|
|Highest Finish||16th (4th in Division II): 2010 Nationals|
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 19 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.
Updated as of 2018.
Overall Team: 2007 State - 42,776.9
Total Medals: 2007 State - 55*
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
* This was reported on the old Acadeca website, but is different from what Benshoof said to Kyle(me) , 53 medals.
|Year||Regionals Score||Regionals Rank||State Score||State Rank||Nationals Score||Nationals Rank|