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Stanley Tree
post Aug 9 2017, 06:25 AM
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Also note the asterisk means the school was at state this past year- giving you the assumption they should make it again.


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post Aug 9 2017, 06:42 PM
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Dang, I forgot about the 90s. Berkner #22 overall, whoohoo!

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post Aug 10 2017, 12:36 AM
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Now in descending order.
Tier 6

19th place Coppell- Coppell ISD 71 points
2nd place- 2016
4th place- 2015
7th place- 2006
8th place- 2011
8th place- 2017
10th place- 2014
Near misses- '12 (13th)
State Appearances- 18
Top 25s- 8
Top 100 teams- 2 (2016, 2015)

Coppell needs to be added to the Nouveau Riche I made up for the Heath post, and they may be the wealthiest of them. Under coach Dixon, Coppell went from a school that went to state here and there to one of the current powerhouses of Texas decathlon, a school you expect to be in the top 10 at this point with three years in a row. After a five year burst from '97 to '01, they now have been to state every year since 2005. If you were to ask people around the state which schools should be good at decathlon, Coppell would certainly be at the top- an international baccalaureate program and an amazing student body with good teams in UIL would lead you to believe they could succeed. However, with such an academically competitive school, it was rather hard to convince students to work hard for something that is, to many, just a resume builder. Coach Dixon and his assistants have done that very well over the last decade, leading them to one of the nearest misses to winning a title in 2016, and a solidly excellent program. He told me he was toning down their effort last year- and then went ahead and got 5th at the large meet. If that's "toned down", I don't want to know what kicked into gear is. Their 2015 (45th) and 2016 (38th) years easily were two of the 100 best teams of all time. They will continue to rise up this chart barring significant changes.

18th place Deer Park- Deer Park ISD 75 points
2nd place- 1990
4th place- 1991
6th place- 1993
7th place- 1998
10th place- 1992
10th place- 1999
Near misses- '97 (11th)
Total Appearances- 21
Top 25s- 10
Top 100 teams- 2 (1990, 1991)

Deer Park falls into the dual categories of "was excellent in the 90s" and "would have been even better if we had the 80s" with a state title in '89. Other than '94-'96, Deer Park was one of the best programs in the state, consistently challenging for the top 10 and getting there more often than not. A second place in 1990 remains their best team and is listed as the 32nd best ever (where did you get this?! smile.gif ) and their 4th in '91 is the 73rd best. They continued to go to state until 2012 (excepting a few years) and have not returned since. One of those schools you don't realize has a great decathlon history until you start racking up the points and go "oh, crap".



17th Marcus- Lewisville ISD 76 points
4th place- 1999
9th place- 1996
9th place- 1998
9th place- 2003
Near misses- '92 (13th), '93 (13th), '94 (13th), '97 (15th), '00 (15th), '01 (14th), '02 (11th), '06 (11th), '08 (12th), '09 (15th), '11 (15th), '15 (14th)
Total Appearances- 27
Top 25s- 21
Top 100 teams- 1 (1999)

Marcus is one of the most consistent programs in the state, going to every state championship since 1991! They had their peak in the late 90s and early 00s when they were top 10 three times in a row and top 15 eight years in a row. To call that their peak is to say the entire landscape of Marcus is at a consistently higher elevation than most places- they were top 15th as early as 1992 and as recently as 2015. The consistency is pretty amazing, it is just a shame they have not had a few more top 10s and top 5s- then we would be talking about a top 10 team in the state. Easily one of the best programs to not have won a state title.


16th Seven Lakes- Katy ISD 88 points
Champions- 2010
2nd place- 2008
3rd place- 2011
5th place- 2009
8th place- 2012
10th place- 2013
10th place- 2016
Near misses- '15 (15th), '14 (15th)
State appearances- 11
Top 25s- 10
Top 100 teams- 3 (2011, 2010, 2008)

Seven Lakes opened in 2005-06, had a group of only sophomores go to state their first year, had a group of no seniors hit 22nd in 2007, and then won the Medium state championship in 2008- with the very first graduating class it ever had, also having the highest scoring student that year in Stephen Tu. What a ridiculous rise, and they were the first school not named Friendswood to win a Medium state championship. It was a meteoric rise, and along with the rise of Pearland and Rockwall, signaled a shift away from the powers of the mid 2000s. They continued to thrive under Coach Irish, and won their first state title in 2010 with just their third graduating class- with Jonathan Xu leading the way and eventually becoming a back-to-back top scorer. From 2008 until 2013 Seven Lakes was a top 10 team and always had the potential to win the whole thing- if they had varsities. 2011 was actually quite possibly their best team, but was overshadowed by Dobie and Rockwall who had some of the best Texas teams of all time that year. Nowadays they are still liable to make a huge strike, and will certainly be a top ten contender for the time being. They also had the highest scoring Texas varsity of all time in Wrik Chakrabarti in 2016, the first to score over 9,000.



15th place Lubbock- Lubbock ISD 91 points
Champion- 2002
4th place- 2006
5th place- 1999
5th place- 2003
5th place- 2005
5th place- 2017
6th place- 2004
10th place- 2010
Near misses- '98 (14th), '07 (13th), '09 (14th), '12 (14th), '13 (13th), '14 (13th), '16 (11th)
State appearances- 20
Top 25 appearances- 18
Top 100 teams- 2 (2002, 1999)

Lubbock first showed up on the scene in '97 with a 27th place, and immediately went 14th and then 5th in '99. They then went down a bit in '00, and then didn't even go to state in 2001. They followed that up...BY WINNING THE CHAMPIONSHIP?! WHAT?! As far as I can tell this is the only time in Texas history that a team that did not attend state one year won the whole thing the next year. I don't know how this happened or what happened, but it's miraculous. The bizarre thing is that they were a good program before, which leads me to believe that something strange happened in 2001. At any rate, they became a mainstay in the top 10 throughout the early 2000s, placing in the top six from 2002 until 2006, a very good run that is the meat of what got them this high. After this run, Lubbock didn't go away at all, landing in the top 25 every year between 2007 and 2016 excepting 2008. This past year they had their best year since 2005 when they placed 5th in the state, putting them firmly back in the mix for a state title. Will they continue to reach and attain another championship?




14th placeKeller- Keller ISD 97 points
Champion- 2005
3rd place- 2002
3rd place- 2003
5th place- 1997
10th place- 2007
Near misses- '98 (13th), '06 (13th)
State Appearances- 24
Top 25 appearances- 13
Top 100 teams- 2 (2002, 2003)


Keller peaked at exactly the right time as a program (much like Lubbock) right after the behemoths of Taylor and Dobie declined from their zenithin the late 90s, early 00s, and reaped the rewards with a state championship in 2005. Keller first hit state in 1994 and quickly established themselves as a top program, jumping to 21st in '95 and hitting 5th in '97 with the top scorer at the championship. They were incredibly close in '02 and '03, placing 3rd both years (the '02 year had five teams within 500 points of the championship- ridiculous) and having the top scorer in 2002. They broke through in 2005, clawing out a victory against Friendswood and Plano by around 400 points, and had the highest scorer that year in Chu Song. This year was their peak, which contradicts the trend of the future championships where you had several schools win two in a row or more (Plano, Pearland, Rockwall, Highland Park). Keller dropped to 13th in 2006, came back in in 2007, and have settled into a ranking around the mid-20s to low-30s since 2009. This is not to denigrate the program- they have gone to every state championship since 2004 which is consistency very few programs can attest to, They have 13 top-25 finishes in their time at state, which is hard to find matched.


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Pearland High School '08
2008 Team State champion
2008 Varsity State champion

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Stanley Tree
post Aug 13 2017, 05:34 PM
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Had a bachelor party this weekend so i should have a post up tonight or tomorrow.


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2008 Team State champion
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post Aug 14 2017, 12:42 AM
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post Aug 16 2017, 03:43 AM
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Tier 4- Long-time Elite Programs

13th place: Clements High School- Sugar Land, Fort Bend ISD 117 points
4th place- 1997
5th place- 1993
5th place- 1994
6th place- 1992
7th place- 1996
8th place- 2013
9th place- 2002
9th place- 2015
10th place- 1995
10th place- 2012
Near misses- '00 (11th), '01 (11th), '11 (11th), '14 (11th), '98 (12th), '90 (14th), '99 (14th), '91 (15th)
Total Appearances- 28
Top 25s- 25

Clements is the best program that many people consider to not be at the level of "elite" programs. They are rarely talked about in the same vein as some of the teams they are above, such as Lubbock or Coppell. The reasons are clear with the numbers- they have never reached the top 3, their best years were in the 90s, and they haven't won. To not consider Clements as one of the great Texas decathlon schools would be wrong. Their closest year came in 1987 when they were defeated by Dulles by 23 points. This is rough when you consider that these two schools are not only in the same district but are massive academic rivals. At the time, there were only three high schools in the district (Willowridge being the other), a number that has ballooned to 11. This is the closest margin of victory in state history and one of the smallest at any competition. The 80s would add a lot to Clements' totals, and possibly push them into the top 10. Another crazy thing to look at is the gap between top 10 results- 1992 and 2015! They have been great for a very long time, and have been in the top 25 in all but three years which is pure madness. I don't think all but a few teams can claim that number (if any- we shall see). The consistency did not reach the top level, as they never claimed the whole thing, but they sure as heck deserve accolades. This last year saw new coaches take over, which naturally led to a decline and their worst year since the beginning of this time period. Next year will tell if they can return back to their normal place- in the top 10.


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2008 Team State champion
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post Aug 19 2017, 02:42 PM
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12th place: Plano East High School- Plano, Plano ISD 123 points
Champions- 1993
5th place- 1990
7th place- 1994
7th place- 2001
7th place- 2008
8th place- 1992
10th place- 1991
10th place- 2002
Close calls- '95 (12th), '96 (13th), '97 (14th), '99 (15th), '00 (14th), '03 (13th), '07 (12th), '16 (13th)
State Appearances- 28
Top 25s- 22

Plano East was a behemoth of the 90s and early 2000s, consistently placing inside the top 15 except for once in 1998. They were a top ten team from '90 until '93 when they capped it off with their first and only state championship and national championship- one of only two schools not named JJ Pearce, Dobie, or Taylor to do that from Texas (Lake Highlands the other). Coming off the high, they dropped into the teens until a small resurgence in the early 2000s put them back into the top ten. Since then, East has consistently been a top 25 team except a three-year period from '10 to '12, and recently have risen again, placing 7th two years ago and in the top 25 each of the last five years. The 80s only netted a 6th place for them in '89 so far with the data we have, but you have to expect they will continue to score points over the coming years, especially considering they have never failed to make state in this time period. Despite an amazing history and record, and having one of the greatest teams in Texas history, they are not the highest ranked team in their district. That does not negate their incredible performances and consistency year in and year out.


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2008 Team State champion
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post Oct 2 2017, 12:08 AM
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11th place- Oliver Wendell Holmes High School- San Antonio, Northside ISD, 140 points

Champions- 1994
3rd place- 2006
4th place- 2005
5th place- 1995
5th place- 1998
6th place- 1997
6th place- 1999
7th place- 2000
9th place- 2007
10th place- 1996
10th place- 2004
Close calls- '93 (14th), '01 (12th), '08 (15th)
State appearances- 22
Top 25s- 17

Holmes is the most successful out of San Antonio by a large margin, and is a program that saw a very prolonged era of success from 1993 until 2007. In these 15 years, they placed in the top ten 11 times, and won the state championship in 1994. This seems to have been a quick rise from middle of the pack in the early 90s, and they sustained a level of success in the years to come. Another impressive feat is that their two best years came 12 years apart, with a 3rd place in 2004 as their second best year to date. Holmes' role as the spoiler for the teams from Dallas and Houston put them and Lubbock as the two best schools outside of the major metropolitan areas of Texas, and their success seemed to motivate future success for other programs in the district and city- Alamo Heights, Warren, O'Connor, etc. all found success as well, though none of them reached the heights of Holmes. In recent years they did not attend state between 2012 and 2015, and have returned to the state championship in 2016 and '17. While they have yet to reach the peak of earlier years, something tells me they will find a way to improve in the coming years.


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post Nov 17 2017, 11:10 AM
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What happened here, Andrew? I'd love to see this one fleshed out. These are two pretty legendary programs just outside the top ten...
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post Nov 17 2017, 11:22 AM
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QUOTE (JSC @ Nov 17 2017, 11:10 AM) *
What happened here, Andrew? I'd love to see this one fleshed out. These are two pretty legendary programs just outside the top ten...


School happened smile.gif I have the data still just need time. Maybe over Thanksgiving I'll get through the next five and finish the last five as a christmas gift. The time I need to do this is much harder to come by as an adult.


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