Harriton High School
|Member of SO since||circa 1991|
|Best finish, regionals||1st, 1995-2006, 2011-2013, 2015, 2017-2018|
|Best finish, state||1st, 1994-1995, 1998-2013, 2015-2017|
|Best finish, nationals||1st, 1995, 2001, 2005|
Harriton High School started competing in Science Olympiad around 1991 in Southeast Pennsylvania. The Harriton Science Olympiad team, under head coach Brian Gauvin, is one of the most successful teams at the school. Harriton prides itself on its open system in which anyone can join the team and each tournament's competing team is determined by the 15 people on the team who will serve the team best given the circumstances (i.e. ability and scheduling). The team is rather large especially given the small size of the school (currently about 1250) with between 25-40 or so people on the team each year. The team has a welcoming, team-focused mentality, as reflected by the fact that all those on the team, competing or not, are encouraged to come to all competitions. This mentality is also reflected in the team's tradition of going to an invitational with a single team comprised of only freshmen and sophomores.
As of 2017, Harriton had placed first in the Pennsylvania state Science Olympiad competition 21 times (1994-1995, 1998-2013, 2015-2017) and won the national Science Olympiad title in 1995, 2001, and 2005. The Harriton team consistently scores in the top ten at the national competition, having done so for the last 24 years (1994-2017). Most recently, Harriton placed 2nd at the 2017 National Tournament at Wright State, and 1st at the 2017 Pennsylvania State Competition. Their streak of 16 straight Pennsylvania state titles from 1998-2013 was the longest of any Pennsylvania activity or sport.
|2011||2nd (171)||3rd/5th (202/237)||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2013||5th (182)||-||-||6th/10th (223/330)||-||-||-||-|
|2014||5th (190)||-||-||5th (?)||-||-||-||-|
|2015||-||5th (257)||-||-||3rd/4th (119/135)||-||-||-|
|2016||-||5th (266)||-||-||2nd/3rd (105/131)||3rd (193)||-||-|
|2017||-||1st (125)||-||-||-||3rd (191)||4th (198)||2nd/3rd (187/189)|
|2018||-||4th (203)||-||-||-||3rd (228)||-||4th/5th (235/242)|
- In years marked with a * more points were awarded for better places.