Calendar 2014-2015

Schools may volunteer to host on a particular date by sending an email to All events are in the High School Public Debate Program (HSPDP) format, except as noted. It is also possile for a high school to select any league invitational date and volunteer to host.

  • Sunday, October 12, HSPDP League Invitational 1 – Claremont McKenna College
  • Sunday, November 9, HSPDP League Invitational 2 – Claremont McKenna College
  • Sunday, December 7, HSPDP League Invitational 3 – The Webb Schools
  • Thursday-Monday, January 8-12, Pan American Debating Championship – Claremont McKenna College
  • Saturday, February 7, HSPDP League Invitational 4 – Compton High School
  • Saturday, February 28, HSPDP League Invitational 5 – St. Margaret’s Episcopal School
  • Saturday, April 11, HSPDP League Invitational 6 – Upland High School
  • Saturday-Sunday, April 25-26, US High Schools International Debate Championships  – Claremont McKenna College
  • Sunday, May 3, HSPDP Championship, Claremont McKenna College



Congratulations to all students participating in tournament competition in 2013-14. Thanks to all teachers, coaches, judges, and volunteers (especially parent volunteers) for their contributions to tournament and program administration, academic achievement, and hospitality.

The 2013-2014 HSPDP Championship was held at Claremont McKenna College, April 2014. Congratulations to the 2014 HSPDP Champion – Polytechnic School. Additional congratulations to Upland High School, this year’s runner-up. Of course, congratulations are also extended to Harvard-Westlake School, the winner of the 2013 US-WSDC National Championship. The Marlborough School finished second and Upland High School placed third.


*1 On Saturday-Sunday, April 25-26, the International Public Debate Program ­ IPDP (Claremont¹s international high school debate program) will sponsor 2 international-format debate tournaments, a “US International Debate Championship Weekend.² Both events will be held at Claremont McKenna. On Saturday, there will be a 4-round tournament in the World Schools debate format. On Saturday, there will be a 4-round tournament in the British Parliamentary debate format. Schools may enter either or both competitions; there will be separate awards for each tournament, as well as overall awards for success at the combined championship. The World Schools tournament will feature 2 pre-announced and 2 impromptu rounds; the British Parliamentary tournament will feature 4 impromptu debates.

*2 The Pan American Debating Organization voted for the USA/Claremont McKenna College to host the 2015 Pan American Debating Championship. I am working on details to host the tournament and it would be held January 8-12, 2015. National delegation teams would attend the event but I would like to have HSPDP high schools ¹sponsor¹ international teams that will be attending the event. Schools could have public debates (for community, school and middle school audiences), conduct secondary school debate workshops, take students to area social and cultural events, etc. Depending on the number of registered international participants, it may be possible to add some USA school teams to the tournament. The Pan American Debating Championship is one of the few bilingual tournaments in the world, offering full tournaments in Spanish and English. Teachers, parents, and judge volunteers would be more than welcome to judge at the Pan American. competition. It is an outstanding debate competition.



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 33 other followers

%d bloggers like this: