Programs

Debate and Forensics

"The best part of the debate experience is that you are having so much fun, you forget how much you're learning."
                    — Hershel Mehta (MBA '10, Stanford University '14)


The MBA Debate and Forensic Program is one of the oldest and most respected programs in the nation.  Tournament travel offers MBA students the chance to meet and interact with top students from across the country.  The competitive challenges and close cooperation with teammates keep our students excited and challenged.
 
MBA Debaters have claimed championships at major national speech and debate tournaments, including: Emory University, The Glenbrooks of Chicago, St. Mark's School of Texas, Greenhill School of Dallas, University of California at Berkeley, University of Michigan, and many others.  In 1999 and 2020, MBA claimed the national championships at the Tournament of Champions in Lexington, KY.  In 2019, MBA won the National Debate Coaches Association national championship. MBA has also been awarded the prestigious David P. Baker Cup in recognition of being ranked the #1 team in the country during the 2016-2017, 2018-2019, and 2019-2020 competitive seasons.  In 2005, MBA made history by being the first school to take both 1st and 2nd place at the National Forensics League National Tournament.  MBA students have won the 1st Year National Championship many times, including most recently in 2015, 2016, and 2021.
 
MBA Debate is guided by four full-time teachers and coaches. Mr. Josh Clark serves as Director of Debate and Forensics.  Our talented coaching staff includes Mr. Kevin Hamrick, Mr. Austen Yorko, and Mr. Terrell Taylor.
 
In January of each year, MBA hosts the prestigious Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum, an elite invitational event that brings together the top competitors from across the nation.

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Joshua Clark

    Mr. Josh Clark 

    Director of Debate
    California State University/Fullerton - BA
    At MBA since 2013
  • Photo of Kevin Hamrick

    Mr. Kevin Hamrick 

    Debate, AP US Government & Politics, AP Comparative Government & Politics, Young Democrats
    Vanderbilt University - BA
    Wake Forest University - MA
    Northwestern University
    At MBA since 2008
  • Photo of Austen Yorko

    Mr. Austen Yorko 

    Debate
    Trinity University - B.A.
    At MBA since 2017
  • Photo of Terrell Taylor

    Mr. Terrell Taylor 

    Debate
    University of Mary Washington - BA
    Georgetown University - MA
    Vanderbilt University - MA
    At MBA since 2021
    • Ben Rosenthal (’17) and Andrew Kaplan (’17) finished 2016-17 as the #1 team in the country

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