A California high school has taken top honors at the 2011 U.S. Academic Decathlon, besting competitors from all over the country and giving the Los Angeles Unified School District a record 12th national title.
Officials say the nine-member team from Granada Hills Charter High School won Saturday by a wide margin, with 52,113.5 points out of a possible 60,000.
Granada Hills Charter beat second-place Dobie High School, from the Houston area, by about 1,700 points.
The big win in Charlotte, N.C., came after days of testing in math, social science, economics and other subjects. Thirty-five high schools participated.