WGBH News and Media Relations


January 9, 2017

WGBH's High School Quiz Show Announces Matchups for Season 8


WGBH releases bracket with team matchups and episode schedule

Series begins taping January 21

BOSTON (January 9, 2017) WGBH has revealed the official matchup bracket for the 2017 High School Quiz Show tournament. The seeded, 16-team, single-elimination tournament is produced and broadcast by WGBH and hosted by Billy Costa. Sixteen teams of Massachusetts high school students advanced from a pool of over 110 schools to compete in the televised academic tournament. The sixteen schools competing on High School Quiz Show earned the highest scores on an identical oral quiz at WGBH’s “Super Sunday” qualifying event at WGBH studios in Brighton, MA. The season eight field includes four past champions and two schools making their first appearance in the tournament.

“We’re excited to welcome both veterans and newcomers to the High School Quiz Show stage,” said High School Quiz Show Executive Producer Hillary Wells. “Congratulations to the Massachusetts high schools that made it to the top 16! We all look forward to seeing your academic knowledge put to the test in the season ahead.”

The 2017 High School Quiz Show team matchups and corresponding episode premiere dates follow. All episodes premiere Saturdays at 6pm on WGBH 2:

·  Lexington High School vs. North Quincy High School                      February 4

·  Brookline High School vs. Needham High School                            February 11    

·  Hingham High School vs. Sacred Heart High School                       February 18

·  Acton-Boxborough High School vs. Somerville High School             February 25

·  Belmont High School vs. Newton North High School                         March 4           

·  Chelmsford High School vs. North Andover High School                  March 11

·  Advanced Math and Science Academy vs. Bromfield School            March 18

·  Dover-Sherborn High School vs. Thayer Academy                            March 25

WGBH will begin taping first-round playoffs the weekend of Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22 in front of a studio audience at WGBH Studios in Brighton. Tickets are free, but an RSVP is required. Media is invited to cover the tapings and should make arrangements with WGBH’s Emily Balk (emily_balk@wgbh.org).

The season will culminate with a Governor’s Cup Challenge, when WGBH’s High School Quiz Show state champion meets New Hampshire Public Television’s (NHPTV) Granite State Challenge winner for the fifth annual interstate quiz show face-off. This season’s Governor’s Cup Challenge will be produced and hosted by WGBH.

Photos of each team are available upon request.

About High School Quiz Show

High School Quiz Show is endorsed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and the Massachusetts PTA. 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. Additional funding is provided by the Museum of Science, XFINITY from Comcast, Harvard Summer School Programs for High School Students, and Subaru of New England.
For more information, visit highschoolquizshow.org or follow the show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About WGBH

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including MasterpieceAntiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, ArthurCurious George, and more than a dozen other primetime, lifestyle and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater BostonBasic Black and High School Quiz Show. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s Local NPR®; 99.5 WCRB Classical Radio Boston; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.



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