La Jolla High School dominated the battle of the brains, winning the
2011 San Diego County Academic League Championship with a 101-60 victory
over Torrey Pines High.
“I’m real proud of these kids,” said La Jolla High Principal Dana
Shelburne. “They’re dedicated, they extremely hard-working, and they’re
The match was televised live on the County Office of Education’s ITV Ch.
16. and will be replayed May 7 at 10 a.m., May 8 at 2 p.m., and May 12
at 7 p.m. For a more comprehensive list of these programs as well as the
rest of the Academic League 2011 re-air schedule go to www.sdcoe.tv.
“We had a very tough league competition,” said Aaron Quesnell, La Jolla
High Coach. “This year we found ourselves playing more aggressively
which really helped us win the competition.”
Prior to the championship, Torrey Pines topped, Santana High in one
semi-final match, and La Jolla beat, Eastlake High to set the stage for
the title match.
“All of the kids, are great kids,” said Shelburne. “Really bright, and they’re going to go on and do great things.”
All four semi-finalist schools competed over the course of eight
consecutive weeks to earn a place in the Final Four. Questions in the
popular competition come from math, science, history and literature.
Using the fast-paced format of toss-up questions and immediate answers,
Academic League not only matches extremely bright students, but forces
them to compete against the clock as well.
“I am very proud of my team,” said Quesnell. “They deal with all of the
pressure very well. They didn’t fold, stayed aggressive and they’re game
was flawless. I couldn’t have asked for more.”
Former County Teacher of the Year Mark Heinze served as moderator and
former radio and television professional Clark Anthony as announcer.