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Shawnee Mission South High School
|Shawnee Mission South High School|
|History||Won State from 1997-1999, and then won fourteen consecutive state titles from 2001-2014.|
|City||Overland Park, Kansas|
|Team Colors||Green, Gold, and White|
|Principal||Dr. Joe Gilhaus|
|Head Coach||Stan Stern|
|Associate/Other Head Coach(es)||None|
|State Championships||17, (1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)|
|Regional/County Championships||Unknown, (1997, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)|
|Highest Finish||18th (Nationals 2005)|
Shawnee Mission South High School is located in the City of Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City.
The SMS Academic Decathlon was started sometime in Summer or Fall 1993 by coach Vivian Cornwell. Cornwell took seven teams to the national level. When she retired in 2005, she was replaced by Stan Stern, who had taught at the middle school level for many years.
During Stern's first year coaching, the team won the Regional competition with a 9 event score of 29,645, roughly 2,000 points better than rival SM Northwest. At the state competition, the team jumped to a 10-event score of 37,395, and widened their margin over Northwest to 5,500 points.
• Holds the record for highest team (42,xxx) and individual(8,0xx) scores at the KAD state competition
• Has one of the longest streaks of Nationals appearances (14)
• Has more 40,000+ scores than any team in Kansas (2)