There's a new sheriff in town when the Times kicks the Daily News' butt on a Valley story like this - and on a Saturday night.!
El Camino Real wins Academic Decathlon
The Woodland Hills high school takes the U.S. title for the fifth time, tying a record held by a Texas school.
By Mitchell Landsberg
Times Staff Writer
7:45 PM PDT, April 28, 2007
HONOLULU — El Camino Real High School of Woodland Hills won the National Academic Decathlon for a record-tying fifth time Saturday.
El Camino had come into the competition as a strong favorite, but faced tough challenges from schools in Wisconsin and Illinois that were hoping to crack California's near-lock on success in the decathlon, which measures student strength in an array of academic subjects.
It was the fourth year in a row that a school from Woodland Hills has won the national title. El Camino won in 2004 and 2005, then lost the California state title last year to archrival Taft High, which went on to win the national championship.
Whitney M. Young Magnet High School of Chicago finished second. Waukesha West High School of Waukesha, Wis., was third.
El Camino also won the national title in 1998 and 2001. Only one other high school, J.J. Pierce of Richardson, Texas, has won five national decathlons, and it hasn't won since 1991. California schools have now won 14 national championships since the competition began in 1982.