History Day

Santa Clara County

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National History Day, is a year-long educational program that encourages students to explore local, state, national, and world history. After selecting a historical topic that relates to an annual theme, students conduct extensive research by using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews. They analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about their topics' significance in history, and create final projects that present their work. These projects can be entered into a series of competitions, from the local to the national level, where they are evaluated by historians and educators.

2022 THEME:

Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, and Consequences

2021 Results

Congratulations to our Elementary Division State Champions!

Congratulations to all of the students, teachers, parents, tutors, and schools who made this year’s Santa Clara County History Day virtual competition a success! Thank you to our diverse team of judges from across Northern California. They are teachers, administrators, historians, librarians, college professors, and parents of former contestants who donated their time and talents to provide feedback and score our students’ work.


Despite the restrictions and challenges of virtual learning, we had 81 students from 15 schools create 43 entries this year! Students participating in this year’s competition attend the following schools:

  • Archbishop Mitty High School

  • BASIS Independent Silicon Valley

  • Bullis Charter School

  • Carlmont High School

  • Castilleja School

  • The Harker School

  • Heritage Academy

  • Homeschool

  • Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School

  • Leonard Herman Intermediate School

  • Monta Vista High School

  • Palo Alto Senior High School

  • Saratoga High School

  • Silicon Valley International School

  • Stratford Middle School


Thank you again to everyone who helped keep History Day in Santa Clara County alive during this challenging year. We hope to see you all in person next year!



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