Our Schools

Our Schools

We serve Los Angeles

LAMDL partners with over 30 schools in Los Angeles to grow debate, adding more every year.

Students in urban public schools have little more than a fifty percent chance of graduating from high school. Urban debate keeps these students in school. It teaches them that, with effort, they can succeed, and it ignites their passion for learning. The results are dramatic. Urban debaters are 3.1 times more likely to graduate than non-debaters. Ninety-percent of urban debaters graduate on time, compared to only seventy-five percent of similar students who do not debate.

LAUSD is a significant partner with LAMDL. In addition to the logistical and organizational support that it provides, LAUSD also contributes one-third of the funds needed to run the debate league.

Outstanding Coach Award

All of our coaches put in outstanding work to make sure the programs at their school thrive. They have the most direct engagement with our students and we recognize one at each tournament.

Joy Yoneda

Harbor Teacher Preparatory Academy

Heather Goehring

Fremont High School

Paul Johnson

Port of Los Angeles High School


  • Abraham Lincoln High School
Coaches: Melissa Lizarraga & Earl McGillen
  • Alliance Stern Math and Science School
Lynda DeAnda & Yvonne Gutierrez
  • Assurance Academy
  • Bravo Medical Magnet High School
Gricel Diaz & Elvia Espinoza
  • CHAMPS Charter High School
Chris Ciampa
  • David Starr Jordan High School
  • Downtown Magnets High School
Arielle DePaolo & Hong Chao
  • LA Leadership Academy
Jon Juarez
  • New Designs Charter High School - University Park
Said Dibinga
  • New Designs Charter High School - Watts
  • Port of LA High School
Ellen Chase
  • PUC Cals Charter High School
Janis Flores & Alexander Stevens
  • PUC eCals Charter High School
Justin Parco
  • Roybal Learning Center
Ethan Faulkner & Juan Liebana
  • Elizabeth Learning Center
Dean Howell
  • Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy
Joy Yoneda
  • Humanities & Arts Academy
Lauren Willard
  • Huntington Park High School
  • Fremont High School
Heather Goehring
  • STEAM Legacy High School
Thalia Catano & Moon Kim
  • South East High School
Melissa Steddom
  • South Gate High School
Laura Mikasa
  • Susan M Dorsey High School
  • University Prep Value School
Whitney Upshaw & Isabel Clay
  • Valor Academy High School
Kaitlin Curry & Ben Katcher
  • Washington Preparatory High School
  • And more!

“Debate has increased the motivation and engagement of my most apathetic students; they love the competitive nature of debate and eagerly delve into texts that they otherwise typically avoid.”

Van Anh ToTeacher at Crenshaw High School