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”). No strangers to championship brackets at regular season tournament, teams from Ithaca have appeared at national competitions every year since the team’s founding in 2002.
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At the 2019 NAQT High School National Academic Championship Tournament, Ithaca’s team of three seniors and one junior set a new team record by going 8-2 in the preliminary matches, being one of only a handful of teams to qualify for the playoffs in only their first seven Saturday rounds. On Sunday, they made it all the way to the quarterfinals before finally finishing their run with a 13-4 record and a 5th place trophy, matching their run in 2017. At other appearances at HSNCT, the program finished 113th in 2021, tied for 51st in 2018, 116th in 2015, tied for 53rd in 2014, and 100th in 2013. At the 2021 PACE National Scholastic Championship, the Ithaca A team, missing its key Science player for much of the tournament, finished 55th with a 4-9 record in the field of 80.
In February, 2019, Ithaca High School was selected as NAQT’s Team of the Week for breaking the all-time record for highest sustained Points Per Game over an entire tournament of 632.22 over nine rounds, set at the 2019 Geneva Invitational, a record they still hold. Three matches at this tournament are in the top 50 of all-time highest points earned in a single game.
Unfamiliar with Quizbowl and would like to know more about it, please check out our What is Quizbowl? page. For updates on the 2021/20202 season, please visit our Tournament Recaps page. For resources for current (or new/interested!) players, check out our Player Resources page. A list of upcoming tournaments we are scheduled to or are considering attending can be found on the calendar below or the Upcoming Tournaments page. And 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)