GRANADA HILLS (KTLA) -- Talented students from Granada Hills Charter High School took home top honors for the second years in a row at the National Academic Decathlon.

"It's not something that just happens overnight, these kids worked 10 hours a day, gave up vacations and worked Saturdays in order to get ready for the competition," coach Matthew Arnold said.

The team also clinched the highest scores ever in the national competition, winning 54,081 out of 60,000 possible points, officials said.

The nine-member team flew back to Los Angeles Saturday night and shared with KTLA their excitement.

"It was our proudest moment because we've been aiming for that record and we totally blew past it," varsity member Julia Wall said.

The school is only the third in history to win back-to-back titles.

"It's been a lot of hard work to get there," Wall said.

Teams from 31 states competed in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Saturday.

California has won 15 of the 18 past competitions with many of those victories going to L.A. schools.