About 425 students from 42 high schools in California will compete today in the state Academic Decathlon, being held this year at Rancho Santiago College's Santa Ana campus.
The 42 high schools are from 40 of the state's 58 counties. Los Angeles County, because of its population, has three teams represented: one from the city unified school district, one from the county and one from private schools in the county.
Foothill High School, from Tustin Unified School District, is representing Orange County. Foothill won the Orange County championship for the second year in a row in the county's own decathlon Nov. 16.
The Academic Decathlons were conceived 17 years ago by Orange County Education Supt. Robert Peterson. The events feature 10 "brainpower" contests pitting high school teams composed equally of A, B and C students.