WGBH News and Media Relations


May 19, 2014

High School Quiz Show Moves Into State Championship Match

Students from Acton-Boxborough High School and Lexington High School face off for the Championship title, Saturday, May 24

The Governor’s Cup Challenge will follow immediately after, pitting the winners of High School Quiz Show against the winners of NHPTV’s Granite State Challenge


BOSTON, Mass. (May 19, 2014) – High School Quiz Show, WGBH’s award-winning academic tournament, heads into the season five championship match this week. Students from Acton-Boxborough Regional High School will go head-to-head against students from Lexington High School after defeating 14 other qualifying teams from Massachusetts public high schools.

The episode will air Saturday, May 24 at 6pm on WGBH 2 and again on Sunday, May 25 at 5pm on WGBH 2.

Both academic teams are veterans of High School Quiz Show. Acton-Boxborough made it to the quarterfinals on seasons three and four, and for the first time advanced to the next round this season. Lexington advanced to the semifinals of seasons three and four, ultimately falling to North Quincy in last year’s championship.

Hosted by Billy Costa, High School Quiz Show is produced and broadcast by WGBH. The fifth season of the program, which premiered February 8, concludes on Saturday, May 24 with the Governor’s Cup Challenge when WGBH’s High School Quiz Show state champion team meets New Hampshire Public Television’s Granite State Challenge winner for the second annual interstate quiz show face-off. This season’s Governor’s Cup Challenge will be hosted by New Hampshire Public Television.

Viewers also can play along with the broadcast in real time against the contestants/teams and other audience members on their laptop, tablet or smartphone at highschoolquizshow.org/playlive.

High School Quiz Show is part of WGBH’s long-standing commitment to serving the Commonwealth’s educational efforts. In addition to its public broadcast commitment, WGBH serves as Massachusetts’ digital media partner on two ambitious federally-supported Race to the Top initiatives aimed at reshaping learning for the 21st century. In 2002, WGBH created Teachers’ Domain, which is cited as the foundation for what is now PBS LearningMedia, a national broadband service for teachers and students.

High School Quiz Show is endorsed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and the Massachusetts PTA. The Princeton Review judges the televised competition and reviews the program’s questions. Questions on the show are aligned with the Massachusetts high school curriculum standards in subjects that include literature, history, science and math, as well as current events and general knowledge. Major funding for High School Quiz Show is provided by Safety Insurance and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Massachusetts Teachers Association, XFINITY from Comcast, Harvard Summer School Secondary School Program, Bentley University, Subaru of New England and the WGBH Children’s Educational Media Fund.

For more information, visit highschoolquizshow.org and follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Credit for attached photo: ©2014 WGBH/Lisa Abitbol

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