Bishop’s School team wins 2012 high school mock trial competition


The Bishop’s School bested 18 other San Diego County high schools to win the sixth annual San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition on Feb. 11.

A team from Scripps Ranch High School took second place. La Jolla Country Day took fourth place and La Jolla High School came in fifth.

The competition, which places high school students in a simulated courtroom setting where they assume the roles of lawyers and witnesses in a hypothetical case, took place at the County Courthouse in downtown San Diego.

The Bishop’s School team will go on to represent San Diego County at the California Mock Trial Finals in March 23-25.

The other teams represented Cathedral Catholic High School, Christian High School, Dehesa Charter High School, Del Norte High School, Escondido Charter High School, Mount Carmel High School Otay Ranch High School, Our Lady of Peace, Patrick Henry High School, San Diego High School-ARTS, San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts, Steele Canyon Charter High School, Torrey Pines High School, University City High School and Westview High School.

“This year’s group distinguished itself by its sportsmanship, team spirit

and dedicated approach to learning the case,” said the team’s coach,

Richard del Rio, chair of the Bishop’s History and Social Sciences

Department. At Bishop’s students sign up to take Advanced Placement U.S.

Government and Politics and the mock trial competition is the major class

project. They practice one day per week in class and also on Saturday

mornings beginning in October.