Knowledge Bowl

Knowledge Bowl

Each year high school students throughout the Olympic ESD region participate in three regional Knowledge Bowl competitions.  Knowledge Bowl is an academic competition where each team has the opportunity to answer 250 questions in a variety of categories.

Once a team has buzzed in they have 15 seconds to respond with the correct answer to receive a point. Those teams winning their division at the final competition will advance to the state tournament.

For more information about OESD 114's Knowledge Bowl

Please contact Sarah Freitas.

Sarah Freitas
Olympic ESD 114 Knowledge Bowl Coordinator

The "Traveling" Trophy

The team who receives the most overall points in the final Knowledge Bowl competition of each season wins the right to take the "traveling trophy" back to their school for the year. This tradition dates back to the first season of Knowledge Bowl in the 1980-1981 school year. The winning team's school and the names of team members are engraved for posterity.

During the 2007-2008 Knowledge Bowl season, a new base was added to the trophy. It was crafted by students in Port Townsend High School's carpentry class, taught by Jim Guthrie, who was also Port Townsend High School's Knowledge Bowl coach at the time.

The History of Trophy Winners

Click the accordion below to see past winners.

Unfortunately, due to restrictions on gatherings, there has been no official Knowledge Bowl competitions for the 2020-2021 Knowledge Bowl season. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Freitas at

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do the questions used in the competitions come from?

Each year, new pristine questions are purchased for use in our regional Knowledge Bowl Competitions. These questions are purchased from Academic Hallmarks. Visit their website to find out more about the questions we use and test your own knowledge!

Where can I get new equipment, or get my equipment repaired?

Equipment used in our regional Knowledge Bowl competitions can be purchased from and repaired by V & V Systems. Click here to go to V & V Systems website or click here for a printable contact sheet.

Mark Welch also has bar-repairing skills and has graciously offered to repair bars for other Olympic ESD 114 region schools. His contact information can be found on the Coaches contact sheet.

Where are Olympic ESD 114 regional competitions held?

Our regional competitions are held at Olympic ESD 114 (competition 1) and at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend (competitions 2 and 3). We use several buildings at Fort Worden, including 204, the Schoolhouse, the Seminar building, the USO, Building 306, and the Park Office. (Once, we even used the Chapel!)

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Nifty Knowledge Bowl Stuff
Free Practice Questions and Resources

Other ESD Knowledge Bowl Pages
Please Note: All links go to to external websites. Some links have also been removed due to being no longer valid.

Other Academic Competitions

Past Knowledge Bowl Seasons

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