December 31, 1987 |
Neither a semester of college nor a brief fling at fame have spoiled David Florey. The iconoclastic 18-year-old who eclipsed 400 other high school students and scored the highest at the U.S. Academic Decathlon last April is keeping a somewhat low profile as a freshman at UC Berkeley in the noble pursuit of knowledge. Florey made an impact on the country when he and several classmates from John Marshall High School took first place at the decathlon.
April 28, 1987 |
John Marshall High School of Los Angeles triumphed Monday at the U.S. Academic Decathlon, capturing first place and flying home with a weighty batch of medals and $16,000 in scholarships. A high school from the Los Angeles Unified School District had never before won even a state championship in the grueling battle of brains for high school students. David Florey, 17, a Marshall senior with a C average, scored the highest of all the nearly 400 youngsters in the competition.
May 1, 1987 |
David Florey opens the door to his apartment at 3 p.m. and blinks into the sunlight. After being followed by a camera crew all morning, the 17-year-old John Marshall High School senior has taken refuge at home. "I had to get away from school for a while," he says, explaining his disappearance. Florey, a senior, achieved instant stardom when his team from Marshall took first place at the U.S.
April 27, 1987 |
John Marshall High School of Los Angeles took top honors today in the 1987 United States Academic Decathlon. Marshall defeated 37 other six-student teams from around the country in a weekend of competition that included an oral "Super Quiz" and written tests in economics, fine arts, language, literature, science, social science and mathematics. Marshall, an ethnically mixed, Los Feliz-area school, was the first school from outside Texas to win the national competition since 1983.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1987
At typical big-city high schools the campus champions rest on athletic laurels. At Los Angeles' John Marshall High School the current heroes earned their trophies with intellectual victories. The team's winning performance at the U.S. Academic Decathlon proves that it is the best in the city, the state and the nation.
March 12, 1987
With the championship of the Los Angeles Unified School District already under its belt for the second year, Marshall High School's academic decathlon team is to fly to Sacramento today for a statewide battle of brains. The team from the Silver Lake-Los Feliz area school is to compete Saturday with young scholars from 45 other California schools in a series of written and oral tests on topics ranging from Renaissance art to constitutional law.