WGBH News and Media Relations


May 8, 2017

Lexington High School Wins Second Consecutive High School Quiz Show State Championship


BOSTON (May 15, 2017) WGBH’s High School Quiz Show awarded Lexington High School the 2017 Season Eight State Champion title on Saturday, May 13. Lexington, the returning champion, won the title in the Boston public broadcaster’s televised academic tournament in 2016. They bested the Newton North team with a final score of 705 to 405.

The championship was followed by the broadcast of the Governor’s Cup Challenge in which Lexington, as High School Quiz Show Massachusetts champion, took on New Hampshire Public Television’s Granite State Challenge champion, Nashua South High School. This is the second year in a row the two schools faced one another for the Governor’s Cup Challenge. Lexington High School came out ahead again to win the Governor’s Cup with a final score of 765 to 225. This year’s Governor’s Cup matchup was hosted by WGBH.

“Congratulations to High School Quiz Show two-time champions, Lexington High School,” said WGBH President and CEO Jon Abbott. “We’re proud that WGBH continues to provide a platform for Massachusetts students to shine, and show a new generation of public media fans just how much fun increasing your knowledge can be.”

Teammates Colin (senior), Nick (sophomore), Krishna (senior) and Stephen (junior) represented their school this season, coached by Social Studies teacher Bill Cole and Chemistry teacher Kari Darling. Their additional teammates were Max and Ravi. (Surnames can be requested through school staff. Contact Emily Balk for more information.)

The Lexington and Newton North teams faced a set of categories named for songs by the late singer, Prince: Take Me With U -  questions about the travel across America; The Beautiful Ones - questions about paintings; Computer Blue - questions about computer science; When Doves Cry - questions about birds in literature; Baby I’m a Star - questions about stars; and Purple Rain – general knowledge questions associated with the late singer/songwriter, Prince.

Hosted by Boston radio and television personality Billy Costa, WGBH’s High School Quiz Show’s eighth season kicked off last November with the “Super Sunday” qualifying event, where 110 Massachusetts high schools took an identical oral quiz at WGBH Studios. Sixteen schools advanced to the televised weekly tournament.

This Lexington victory is the second time High School Quiz Show has had back-to-back champions. Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School also won consecutive championships in Season 2 and Season 3 of the competition.

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, Hood, 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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