The Brain Team is Ithaca High School’s nationally-ranked Quizbowl team, a diverse group of young men and women that compete in academic quiz competitions locally, regionally, and nationally. Questions can be on all topics: science, literature, history, fine arts, philosophy, mythology, social sciences, current events, and even pop culture (affectionately referred to as “trash”). Teams from Ithaca regularly rank very high at tournaments and have appeared at national competitions every year since the team’s founding in 2002.
- 2/23/19 – In an unofficial appearance, the Ithaca A team takes 2nd place at MIT’s Spring Tournament, losing in a forced game three of an advantaged final. On the same day, updated Morlan Rankings place Ithaca as 11th team in the nation.
- 2/15/19 – After setting a new all-time NAQT record for highest sustained PPG over a tournament at 2019’s Geneva Invitational, the team was named NAQT Team of the Week.
- 2/6/19 – The most recent Morlan Rankings put Ithaca as top team in NYS; 15th in country
- 1/25/19 – The official Midseason Rankings places Ithaca as top team in NYS; 14th in country
At the 2018 NAQT High School National Academic Tournament, the team of three juniors and one sophomore made it to the Sunday playoffs with a 6-4 record. They won their first match but then lost their second, finishing officially tied for 51st. At previous appearances at HSNCT, the team finished tied for 5th in 2017, 116th in 2015, tied for 53rd in 2014, and 100th in 2013. At the 2018 PACE National Scholastic Championship, the team made it into the top playoff bracket, but unfortunately went winless from there and finished ranked 28th out of 96 teams. The team’s accomplishments over the entire 2017/2018 season led them to be statistically ranked 68th in the entire nation, and third in New York.
If you’re unfamiliar with Quizbowl and would like to know more about it, please check out our What is Quizbowl? page. For updates on the 2018/2019 season, please visit our Tournament Recaps page. For resources for current (or new/interested!) players, check out our Player Resources page. For a list of upcoming tournaments we are scheduled to or are considering attending, check the calendar below or the Upcoming Tournaments page. For live updates at tournaments and to get a taste for what these talented students know, follow our Twitter feed @IHSBrainTeam and the Quizbowl Fact of the Day (#QBFOD)Tweets by @ihsbrainteam