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The National History Bee and Bowl is looking forward to holding its annual Northern California History Bee and Bowl Championships for the 2018-2019 academic year. This tournament will run on our A Set of questions, and will likely be held in the spring. As soon as the exact date and location are known, they will be posted here. This tournament, like all NHBB Varsity and Junior Varsity events, is open to all students, regardless of what state they are from, as long as they have not yet played this set of questions in the 2018-2019 academic year.

This tournament will also feature a Middle School Division in the History Bowl, if at least 4 Middle School teams register. During the Bee portion of the day, middle school students can decide to either compete in the JV Division of the National History Bee or compete in the Middle School International Geography Bee Regional Quiz Tournament (which functions like a History Bee, but with Geography-themed questions). The Geography Quiz Tournament is only open to students in 8th grade and younger; students in grade 6 and younger will play in a separate Elementary Division.

For further information, please email the Tournament Coordinator at the address listed below. Thanks, and we look forward to welcoming you and your team to the tournament later this year!

Note 1: During the lunch break, we will offer the National Qualifying Exams for the US Geography Olympiad / International Geography Bee (one exam serves to qualify students for the National Championships of both competitions) and the US History Bee. Both exams cost $10 and can be signed up for on the day of the tournament; pre-registration is not required. Students planning on taking one exam are recommended not to leave during the lunch break (they can bring a lunch or have a teammate get lunch for them). Students planning on taking both exams should definitely plan on staying at the school for lunch.

Note 2: The schedule as listed below is considered tentative until registration opens, and thereafter, may still be subject to slight changes based on turnout until registration closes, at which point it will be confirmed. Students and teams looking for further guidance on the schedule should contact the Tournament Coordinator.

Report from 2017-2018 Academic Year Tournament

The National History Bee and Bowl held its 2018 Northern California Championships History Bee and Bowl at Valley Christian High School in San Jose, CA on Sunday, March 18.  Congratulations to our champions!

Varsity History Bowl: Team Virgil
Junior Varsity History Bowl: Team Pi-oneers
Middle School History Bowl: Challenger Almaden

Varsity History Bee: Jerry Lin, Team Virgil
Junior Varsity History Bee: Bilal Ron, Gunderson
Middle School History Bee: Shiva Oswal, Team Pi-oneers

Thanks to Mr. Brian Cronquist for coordinating the hosting arrangements at Valley Christian and thank you as well to everyone who assisted with reading and scorekeeping throughout the day.





100 Skyway Dr, San Jose, CA 95111

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Raynell Cooper


  • 8:00
    Doors Open, Check-In Begins
  • 8:30
    Please Arrive By This Time!
  • 8:40
    Opening Meeting
  • 9:15
    History Bowl Round 1
  • 9:55
    History Bowl Round 2
  • 10:35
    History Bowl Round 3
  • 11:15
    History Bee & Geography Quiz Tournament Opening Meeting
  • 11:35
    History Bee & Geography Quiz Tournament Round 1
  • 12:05
    History Bee & Geography Quiz Tournament Round 2
  • 12:35
    History Bee & Geography Quiz Tournament Round 3
  • 1:00
    Lunch / US Geography Olympiad / US History Bee Qualifying Exam
  • 2:05
    History Bowl Round 4
  • 2:45
    History Bowl Round 5
  • 3:25
    History Bee & Geography Quiz Tournament Finals
  • 4:10
    History Bowl Octofinals / JV Quarterfinals / MS Semifinals
  • 4:45
    History Bowl Quarterfinals / JV Semifinals / MS Finals
  • 5:20
    History Bowl Semifinals / JV Finals
  • 5:55
    History Bowl Finals
  • 6:15