Nimitz AcDec Named Among Top All-Time Teams in State

  • Nimitz AcDec Named Among Top All-Time Teams in State Congratulations to the Nimitz High School academic decathlon team for being named one of the all-time top 50 Academic Decathlon programs in the state of Texas. The Nimitz team received a No. 4 ranking in the report, which uses a point system based on a team’s overall ranking at the state meet. The top 10 teams are as follows:


    1. Taylor HS, Katy ISD
    2. Dobie HS, Pasadena ISD
    3. Friendswood HS, Friendswood ISD
    4. Nimitz HS, Irving ISD
    5. Plano Senior High, Plano ISD
    6. JJ Pearce, Richardson ISD
    7. Pearland HS, Pearland ISD
    8. Garland HS, Garland ISD
    9. Rockwall HS, Rockwall ISD
    10. Highland Park HS, Highland Park ISD


    Below is a breakdown of the Nimitz team’s overall ranking at the state meet through the years. Please note, the rankings do not take into consideration whether a team was at the large school or medium/small school meet, thus the team’s 2004 large school state championship is actually worth the points for second place.


    • 2nd place – 1998, 2004
    • 3rd place – 2007, 2008
    • 4th place – 2000, 2001
    • 5th place – 1991, 1992, 2002, 2006, 2010
    • 6th place – 2003, 2012, 2013
    • 7th place – 1997, 2008, 2009
    • 8th place – 1993, 1999, 2005
    • 9th place – 1995
    • 10th place – 2011


    Here’s what the author of the post, standout academic decathlon student now coach Andrew Hartman, had to say about the Nimitz team:


    Nimitz is the highest ranked school to not win a state title by far. Consistently one of the best programs in Texas, they have been so incredibly close so many times. Nimitz made its first jump into the top 10 in 1991, coming in fifth after being 20th in 1990 and staying in the top 10 for 1992 and 1993. The mid 90s were a bit of a struggle as they bumped in and out of the top 10. However, in 1997 they made it into the top 10 and would make the jump into truly challenging for a title for the first time in 1998 with a defeat to Taylor by less than 200 points. 1999 would see them fall back in the top 10, and then 2000 would see them jump into fourth in one of the highest scoring years ever. 2001 would see them go third, a great team but far behind the final team in the Taylor dynasty.


    After the demise of the Taylor dynasty, Nimitz seemed to have been set up well for that big breakthrough. In 2002, they were fourth in a four-way battle at the top that would see Lubbock beat Nimitz by 518 points. 2003 would see them in fifth, but 2004 was finally their year! They won their first large school state championship over Plano Senior, Garland and Lubbock, who were all within 500 points. They would drop to sixth and fourth in 2005 and 2006, before making another run in 2007, falling short of Plano by 600 points (and Friendswood). 2008 would also see them second in large behind Pearland and behind the medium champion Seven Lakes. The next few years would go fifth, fourth, and eighth before a third in large in 2012, fourth in 2013, fifth in 2014, and fifth in 2015. 2016 would see them squeak into 10th and another sixth place in 2017 happened before their streak of top 10s was broken in 2018 in an unbelievably packed competition.

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