In an effort to determine the validity of my hypothesis about peak years I’ve scanned through high school data as I get my hands on it . . . turns out it is not so straight forward to get high schools to share their information. It has been even more difficult to get organizations like National Merit to share anything – despite being a member!
At this point I have one 20 year cycle for one high school. While the initial results are not spectacular, measuring the percentage of super stars in the class (total super stars divided by total class size) was more telling, but nothing outrageously off the charts. One class did do a bit better than the others . . . it was a pretty awesome class though I may be biased.