Palisades High School, which dominated the academic decathlon competition in the Los Angeles Unified School District during the early 1980s, has recaptured its crown, edging out defending champions El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, it was announced Thursday.
Students from the school in Pacific Palisades captured 44,981 out of a possible 60,000 points, beating El Camino by 779 points. University High School in West Los Angeles came in third.
In the Los Angeles County competition, West High School in Torrance placed first with 42,032 points. Glen A. Wilson High School in Hacienda Heights placed second and Arcadia High came in third.
Bishop Amat of La Puente won a decathlon competition for private schools in Southern California. Servite in Anaheim placed second and Brethren Christian in Cypress placed third.
The first-place winners now proceed to the state competition, which will be held at UC Riverside next March 15-17.