The 2006 state champion Plano Academic Decathlon team represented Texas at the national competition in San Antonio, Texas, placing in second place. The team won 30 medals in subject, overall, and team scores. At the 2005 National Forensic League national tournament, the Plano Senior Speech Team received School of Excellence awards in both the Speech and Debate categories, one of only three schools that year to do so. The team also won the 2005 national title at the Princeton University tournament. At the 2007 National Speech Tournament, Plano students won the sixth place Sweepstakes Trophy. In 2009, the school finished 2nd in the annual National Public Policy Forum debate contest held in New York City and hosted by the law firm Bickel & Brewer.In 2011, the school finished 1st in the same annual National Public Policy Forum debate contest hosted by Bickel & Brewer.
The 1900 Plano football team was the school's first athletic team.
Plano's girls' basketball team, 1914
A small group of Plano boys formed an unofficial football team in 1898. In 1900, the first official high school team was formed. In 1909, Superintendent C. F. Walker complained to the local paper, "Do you sleep well at night when you know your boy is on the streets kicking a football?" Despite his concerns, by 1914 Plano fielded a football team and a men's and women's basketball team. However, the First World War cancelled all athletics, as there were not enough men to field any teams.
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