Long Beach native and Poly High School alum Brandon Deutsch has been on a tear on “Jeopardy!” this week, winning the show Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and racking up a three-day winning total of $70,026 in the process.
Deutsch has been on “Jeopardy!” at an interesting time in the show’s history. “Jeopardy!” has been on the air for 37 years and is the most-awarded game show in Emmy history. The show rose to iconic status in American culture during the nearly 8,000-episode tenure of host Alex Trebek, also known locally as a former Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity race contestant. After Trebek’s death last year, the show has been in search of a new host, and is continuing this spring with guest hosts.
Deutsch has won all three episodes hosted so far by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Both Rodgers and Deutsch are UC Berkeley grads, a fact that’s been played up by both on the show this week.
According to “Jeopardy!” analytics site The Jeopardy Fan, Deutsch has been excelling due to his strategy as much as his knowledge, as the site notes he’s 4/4 on Daily Doubles and 3/3 on Final Jeopardy clues.
Deutsch was a member of Poly’s prestigious PACE Academy, a leading academic magnet in the city since its founding 50 years ago. While a student at Poly, Deutsch founded the school’s Donate Life Club as a way of encouraging organ donation, and helped decorate the Rose Parade float for the organization his senior year.
Fellow Poly PACE alum Drew Buggs, a college basketball player at the University of Missouri, noted that Deutsch’s success wasn’t a surprise to anyone who had class with him.
“Bro had all the answers in class at Poly when the teacher would ask this is not surprising,” Buggs tweeted.
“Jeopardy!” airs weeknights at 7 p.m. and Deutsch will try to continue his run of victories this evening.
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