WGBH News and Media Relations


October 27, 2015

140 Mass. High Schools to Compete in WGBH’s High School Quiz Show “Super Sunday”

Local academic teams vie for 16 spots in the televised test of knowledge

(Boston, MA)On Sunday, November 15, 140 high schools from across Massachusetts  will compete for a chance to participate on season seven of High School Quiz Show, the Emmy Award- and Parents’ Choice Award-winning program. High School Quiz Show is produced and broadcast by WGBH and hosted by Billy Costa. During “Super Sunday,” each academic team of four students will convene at WGBH Studios in Brighton to take an identical oral quiz of 100 questions based on the Massachusetts curriculum and current events.

Of the 140 teams registered to compete on “Super Sunday” this year, 27 schools are participating for the first time.

“We are proud to welcome an ever-increasing number of schools to participate in the seventh season of High School Quiz Show,” said Executive Producer Hillary Wells. “WGBH continues to provide a platform for Massachusetts’ high school academic stars who year after year inspire us with their motivation, enthusiasm and commitment, as well as their seemingly insatiable thirst for knowledge.”

The top 16 teams will advance to compete in the televised, single-elimination, bracketed academic tournament that will determine a state champion. The season will culminate with a Governor’s Cup Challenge, when WGBH’s High School Quiz Show state champion team meets New Hampshire Public Television’s (NHPTV) Granite State Challenge winner for the fourth annual interstate quiz show face-off. This season’s Governor’s Cup Challenge will be hosted by NHPTV.

This season, High School Quiz Show will celebrate its 100th episode with a special alumni edition, featuring former competitors recruited from past seasons, to air on Saturday, February 20 at 6pm on WGBH 2.
High School Quiz Show begins taping at WGBH in January in front of a studio audience. The seventh season will premiere Saturday, February 6 at 6pm on WGBH 2.

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 Massachusetts Teachers Association, XFINITY from Comcast, Harvard Summer School Secondary School Program, and Subaru of New England. 

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

About WGBH

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including MasterpieceAntiques RoadshowFrontlineNova, American ExperienceArthurCurious 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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