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November 24, 2014

Sixteen Mass. High Schools to Compete on WGBH’s High School Quiz Show

Field of 16 includes three former championship teams

BOSTON, Mass. (November 24, 2014) – The tournament field for High School Quiz Show’s sixth season is set. Sixteen teams from across the Commonwealth advanced from a pool of 120 schools to compete in the televised academic tournament produced and broadcast by Boston public broadcaster WGBH and hosted by Billy Costa. The season six field includes three past champions and three schools new to the tournament.

“Congratulations to the 16 schools moving on to compete on High School Quiz Show season six. This competition provides a platform to celebrate the dedication of Massachusetts educators, parents and students to academic excellence,” said WGBH President and CEO Jon Abbott. “WGBH is proud to bring an entertaining spin to the world of high school academics for the sixth year running.” 

WGBH made the official announcement on the High School Quiz Show website today. The schools that will compete for the state title are:


·       Acton-Boxborough High School (season five champion)

·       Advanced Math & Science Academy

·       Arlington High School

·       Belmont High School

·       Boston University Academy (first time in tournament)

·       Central Catholic High School (first time in tournament)

·       Chelmsford High School

·       Framingham High School

·       Hingham High School

·       Lexington High School

·       Longmeadow High School (season one champion)

·       Newton North High School

·       North Quincy High School (season four champion)

·       Oliver Ames High School (first time in tournament)

·       Shrewsbury High School

·       Wellesley High School

High School Quiz Show is a single-elimination, bracketed tournament. The team that wins the tournament is designated as the Massachusetts state champion. The winner of the High School Quiz Show tournament will compete in the third annual Governor’s Cup Challenge – a winner-take-all matchup against the winning school of New Hampshire Public Television’s Granite State Challenge. This year’s Governor’s Cup Challenge will be hosted by WGBH.
High School Quiz Show begins taping at WGBH in January in front of a studio audience. It will premiere Saturday, February 7 at 6pm on WGBH 2.

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. Additional funding is provided by Massachusetts Teachers Association, XFINITY from Comcast, Harvard Summer School Secondary School Program, Bentley University and Subaru of New England.
For more information, visit highschoolquizshow.org or follow the show on Facebook and Twitter.
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