Tradition, Advocacy, Innovation

UH Debate History

Competitive Highlights

The Policy Debate program revives a longstanding tradition of debate at the University of Houston. Active intercollegiate competition began in 1949.

The team’s history includes a number of highlights:


  • Participation at 22 National Debate Tournaments, the premiere collegiate competition
  • Numerous prizes for Top Individual Speaker at the National Debate Tournament, including the first female to win (’57, Patricia Stallings)
  • Distinguished alumni who have gone on to become regional and national policymakers, including CEOs, judges on the Texas Supreme Court, political candidates, and partners at top law firms

UH Policy Debate Blog

Honors Policy Debate team argue merits of fracking – The Daily Cougar
Jenny Reiss Fracking is neither sustainable nor will it bridge the way towards renewable energy

Any environmental risk is reason enough to calm enthusiasm for...

And we’re off!

The team has departed, with Nader, for GSU. #GoCoogs

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