About the National History Bowl

The National History Bowl is a buzzer-based history quiz competition for teams of students throughout the USA. More information about the National History Bee, including participation in the 2020-2021 academic year, can be found at historybowl.com/events/history-bowl.

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National History Bowl


All times listed are Eastern Standard Time

Saturday 12/05 4:30pm – 9:30pm Rounds 1-5
Sunday 12/06 11:00am – 2:00pm Rounds 6-8
Sunday 12/06 2:00pm – 4:00 pm Rounds 9-10
Sunday 12/13 1:30pm – 4:30pm Playoff Rounds 11-13
Sunday 12/13 5:00pm – 7:00pm Playoff Rounds 14-15

2020 Final Results

Varsity Champion – Adlai Stevenson HS, Lincolnshire, IL

JV Champion – Team MB A, Silver Spring, MD


Download the PDF below for a complete set of the rules for the Varsity and JV National History Bowl.

Rules (PDF Format)

Playoff Qualification

Varsity (36 teams): Each team will play 10 rounds of round-robin preliminary matches. The top 12 teams will play in playoffs (Sunday 12/13), with three rounds of re-bracketed round-robin play followed by placement matches for the top four teams.

Junior Varsity (48 teams): Each team will play 5 rounds of round-robin preliminary matches, and will then be re-bracketed into 6 pools of 4 (for the lower-bracket teams to play Rounds 6-8) or 4 pools of 6 (for the upper bracket teams to play Rounds 6-10). The top 8 teams will play in placement matches on Sunday 12/13 using a two-stage draft.

2019 Champions

  • Varsity Division: Beavercreek High School, Beavercreek (Ohio)
  • Junior Varsity Division: Hunter College High School, New York (New York)

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