WGBH News and Media Relations


October 16, 2013

WGBH’s High School Quiz Show Begins Production of New Season

More than 100 high schools registered for “Super Sunday” qualifying event
Volunteers needed
BOSTON, Mass. (October 16, 2013) High School Quiz Show, the Emmy Award- and Parents’ Choice Award-winning program produced and broadcast by WGBH, begins production next month on season five. Production of the benchmark fifth season will kick off with the “Super Sunday” qualifying event, as teams from more than 100 Massachusetts public high schools compete for one of 16 spots in the televised tournament. Hosted by Billy Costa, the statewide academic tournament features students from across the Commonwealth and celebrates academic achievement. Past champions include Longmeadow High School (2009-2010), Hamilton-Wenham High School (2010-2011 and 2011-2012) and North Quincy High School (2012-2013). The new season will premiere in February.
“As a leading local and national producer of educational broadcast and digital content, the entire WGBH family is excited to bring High School Quiz Show back for a fifth season,” said WGBH President and CEO Jon Abbott. “High School Quiz Show is a unique celebration of our students, teachers and parents and the communities they represent.”
As of this week, more than 100 public high schools – approximately one out of three Massachusetts high schools – have registered for the ‘Super Sunday’ entry round for a chance to compete in televised tournament. On Super Sunday, each academic team of four students will take an identical oral quiz of 100 questions, based on Massachusetts curriculum. The top 16 teams will advance to appear on the televised show, a single-elimination, bracketed academic tournament that includes eight qualifying matches, quarterfinals, semifinals and a state championship match. Super Sunday is scheduled for Sunday, November 3. The all-day qualifying event will take place at WGBH Studios in Brighton.
WGBH is recruiting volunteers for Super Sunday to help moderate and score the quiz. Volunteers are asked to make a full-day commitment (8:30am-5pm). Training and lunch will be provided. For more information or to volunteer, contact Jaime Reese by Monday, October 28.
The fifth season will culminate 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.
High School Quiz Show is coming back for a new season that tests the wits and knowledge of Massachusetts’ students. We are proud to have the support and endorsement of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and look forward to another entertaining and educational tournament,” said High School Quiz Show executive producer Hillary Wells.
Questions on High School Quiz Show are aligned with the Massachusetts high school curriculum standards in subjects including literature, history, science, and math, as well as current events and general knowledge. High School Quiz Show is endorsed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. The Princeton Review judges the televised competition and reviews the questions.
WGBH has long been a leader in education. WGBH is 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 the Teachers’ Domain, now PBS LearningMedia. Along with digital resources, WGBH productions such as NOVA, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and FRONTLINE are used regularly in American classrooms and at home to complement lessons and curricula.
Major sponsorship 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 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 Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, 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, High School Quiz Show, and Neighborhood Kitchens. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB Classical New England; 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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