Olympian High in the Sweetwater Union High School District has won the
San Diego County Academic Decathlon championship for the second
Olympian was crowned February 17 at the 29th annual Decathlon awards
banquet at the Sheraton Hotel Mission Valley. Finishing second and third
were Olympian’s South County rivals, Hilltop and Sweetwater High
Schools, completing a sweep of the top three spots by schools from the
Sweetwater Union High School District.
Top Finishers in the 2011 San Diego County Academic Decathlon
1. Olympian High, Sweetwater Union High District
2. Hilltop High, Sweetwater Union High District
3. Sweetwater High, Sweetwater UHSD
4. Fallbrook High, Fallbrook Union HSD
5. Academy of Our Lady of Peace, parochial
6. Southwest High, Sweetwater UHSD
7. San Ysidro High, Sweetwater UHSD
8. Bonita Vista High, Sweetwater UHSD
9. Mar Vista High, Sweetwater UHSD
10. Otay Ranch High, Sweetwater UHSD
Parents and teammates cheered enthusiastically as the Olympian students
were honored at the February 17 banquet. Olympian, which is located in
Chula Vista, has now won the Decathlon in each of the two years the
school has entered the competition.
In all, more than 145 students from 19 local high schools took part in
the February 5 competition, which coincidentally was conducted at
Olympian. This year’s Decathlon topic was the Great Depression.
“After the loss of six great seniors last year, our team proved that
they truly are overachievers,” said Olympian’s coach, Ken Boulton. “This
year the challenge was greater with eight underclassmen, but our team
earned the honor this evening, it wasn’t given to them.” Boulton is the
most successful coach in local Decathlon history, having led Southwest
High to five consecutive wins and before starting his new streak at
For the second time in the competition’s history, with the tremendous
support of local business and community leaders, SDCOE was able to honor
students, coaches and family members with an awards banquet and
ceremony befitting their academic successes and dedication.
The awards ceremony was made possible due to the generous contributions
of the following sponsors: Mission Federal Credit Union, Bridgepoint
Education, Computers 2 San Diego Kids, Ecology Auto Parts, Otay Land
Company, Corky McMillin Companies, and South Bay Expressway. The
Decathlon’s long-time sponsor, Mission Federal Credit Union, is
celebrating 50 years of support for the San Diego educational community.