Rancho Cucamonga High School

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Rancho Cucamonga High School

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School Founded 1991
Team Established 1992
City Rancho Cucamonga
Team Colors Purple and Silver
Principal Cary Willborn
Head Coach John Nath
Associate/Other Head Coach(es)
National Championships
State Championships
Regional/County Championships 2019
Region/County Location San Bernardino
Highest Finish 1 (County), 4 (State)
School Website https://rchs-cjuhsd-ca.schoolloop.com

Team History[edit]

Rancho Cucamonga High School is located in Rancho Cucamonga, California, in the western end of the Inland Empire in San Bernardino County. Since its inception, Rancho Cucamonga High School has fielded an academic decathlon team for the San Bernardino County competition. Its initial coaches were Karen Gerdes and John Nath. At that time the Academic Decathlon was a club, and students who wished to participate had to meet after school and on weekends. Starting slowly, Rancho’s varsity Academic Decathlon team eventually developed into a force to be reckoned with, vaulting into the top five in the region for 21 of its 27 years of competition. Its initial team consisted of Sabrina Bow, Scott Shipley, Andy Wang, Manijha Kadir, Michael Mallari, Chanee Pruett, Amanda Gray, and Nicole Stevens. Those students began a legacy that continues to the present. Since the 1999 – 2000 year of competition, Rancho Cucamonga High School’s Team Purple has consistently placed in the top five in the region, spending 14 of its competing seasons in the top three. Recently, they have also qualified to and competed at the State Championships several times.

After two years of placing 2nd at the San Bernardino County competition, Rancho Cucamonga High School supplanted Chaffey High School as the county champions. As of the 2018-19 season, Team Purple consisted of Cameron Steger, Aaron Steger, Vastal Jain, David Sudhakar, Chloe Salveson, Vivek Patel, Zoe Salveson, Julia Knowles, and Ernesto Pulido.

Performance Chart[edit]

Performance Chart
Year Regionals Score Score + SQ Rank State Score Score + SQ Rank
2019 48,498.5 53,608.5 1 47,806.0 53,336.0 4
2018 47,264.3 52,164.3 2 48,177.7 52,377.7 9
2017 45,195 49,545 2 43,244.5 23
2016 40,056 43,656 3 39,737.5 44,312.5 43
2015 5
2014 40,612 3
2013 40,649.3 43,949.3 3 38,802.4 41,427.4 34
2012 37,985 2 38,515.2 37

School Records[edit]

Rancho’s Top 5 All-Time Highest Individual Scores:

Place Student Category School Year Level Score
1 Jorge Villazon Honors Rancho Cucamonga 2017 Regionals 8,790.?
2 Aaron Steger Honors Rancho Cucamonga 2019 Regionals 8,788.6
3 Dale Lu Honors Rancho Cucamonga 2018 State 8,628.1
4 Dale Lu Honors Rancho Cucamonga 2018 Regionals 8,624.9
5 David Sudhakar Scholastic Rancho Cucamonga 2018 State 8,619.9