Harriton High School

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Harriton High School At a Glance
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
Website Team Website


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.

Results History

Year National Points State Points Regional Points
1991 - - 2nd
1992 - -
1993 14th 58* 2nd
1994 2nd 336* 1st 3rd
1995 1st 1st 1st
1996 9th 250* 2nd 1st
1997 6th 258* 2nd 1st
1998 8th 562* 1st 1st
1999 3rd 648* 1st 1st
2000 7th 624* 1st 1st
2001 1st 214 1st 1st
2002 2nd 222 1st 90 1st
2003 3rd 287 1st 126 1st
2004 3rd 314 1st 1st
2005 1st 217 1st 112 1st
2006 9th 368 1st 128 1st 92
2007 8th 390 1st 74 2nd
2008 5th 318 1st 109 2nd 114
2009 4th 247 1st 65 2nd 80
2010 8th 304 1st 76 2nd 112
2011 8th 310 1st 66 1st 76
2012 6th 314 1st 68 1st 73
2013 2nd 246 1st 81 1st 50
2014 3rd 299 2nd 133 2nd 93
2015 8th 340 1st 82 1st 75
2016 2nd 235 1st 79 2nd 102
2017 2nd 211 1st 39 1st 49
2018 1st 44

Invitational Results

Year Athens Conestoga Solon Wright State Cornell MIT Princeton Penn
2007 1st - - - - - - -
2008 3rd - - - - - - -
2009 2nd - - - - - - -
2010 3rd 1st/4th - - - - - -
2011 2nd (171) 3rd/5th (202/237) - - - - - -
2012 8th - 1st (197) - - - - -
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.