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L.A. Unified sends record number of schools to state academic decathlon

March 10, 2011 | 10:01 am

A record 11 teams will represent the Los Angeles Unified School District at this weekend’s California Academic Decathlon in Sacramento.

Granada Hills Charter High School, which won the 2011 L.A. Unified academic decathlon, will try to claim the state title.

Also taking part will be 10 high-scoring “wild card” teams: Canoga Park High, El Camino Real High, Franklin High, Garfield High, Marshall High, Palisades Charter High, San Fernando High, Taft High, Van Nuys High and Venice High.

Students compete in 10 categories -- art, economics, essay, interview, language and literature, mathematics, music, science, social science and speech.

All told, 560 students from 65 high schools will participate.

El Camino Real is the defending state and national champion and holds six national titles. Taft High won the state and national championship in 2006.


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