The Southside High School Center for International Studies Forensic Team was established in 1989, and since then, has built a powerful local, state, regional and even national reputation. In 20 years, team members have won numerous State Championships and have qualified 48 students to attend the National Forensic League National Championship Tournament.
Under the direction of Mr. Erickson Bynum, the Southside Forensic Team is now a nationally recognized speech and debate team, excelling in both fields of speech and debate. In June 2009 during the NFL National Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama, Southside Forensics was recognized and honored as a School of Excellence. The team has set high aspirations and goals for the 2011-2012 forensic season, and is currently working and preparing diligently to meet those goals.