Rancho Cucamonga High School
|Rancho Cucamonga High School|
|Team Colors||Purple and Silver|
|Head Coach||John Nath|
|Associate/Other Head Coach(es)|
|Region/County Location||San Bernardino|
|Highest Finish||1 (County), 4 (State)|
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.
|Year||Regionals Score||Score + SQ||Rank||State Score||Score + SQ||Rank|
Rancho’s Top 5 All-Time Highest Individual Scores:
|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|