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Boston Latin School Wins High School Quiz Show State Championship

BLS wins 10th season of High School Quiz Show

First-time competitor Boston Latin School defeated High School Quiz Show veteran Acton-Boxborough Regional High School for the 2019 title

Boston Latin School earned the title of High School Quiz Show™ State Champion on Saturday, May 11. First-time competitor Boston Latin School earned the top spot among the 16 Massachusetts high school teams that participated in the 10th anniversary season of WGBH’s televised academic tournament. The Boston Latin School team bested eight-time competitor Acton-Boxborough Regional High School for the State Championship title, which culminated with a final score of 475 to 300. Boston Latin School is High School Quiz Show’s first winner from Boston in the series’ 10 year history.

“Congratulations to the Boston Latin School team, our new State Champions, for their outstanding performance on the 10th anniversary season ofHigh School Quiz Show,” said Executive Producer Hillary Wells. “Throughout the season, Aidan, Nick, Christy and Sebastian demonstrated an impressive breadth and depth of knowledge across disciplines. They embody the enthusiasm for academics and the strength of the Massachusetts education system that has been at the core of High School Quiz Show from the very beginning.” 

The season will continue with High School Quiz Show’s second Interstate Invitational, with Boston Latin School representing Massachusetts against the state championship teams from New Hampshire PBS’ Granite State Challenge, High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island and High School Quiz Show: Maine over the course of three episodes. The second Interstate Invitational begins Saturday, May 18, with Boston Latin School facing Rhode Island’s Barrington High School. 

Host Billy Costa congratulates BLS. Boston Latin School teammates Nick (senior), Christy (junior), Aidan (senior) and Sebastian (senior) represented Boston Latin School and were coached by history teachers Andy Zou and Clara Webb. Their alternates were sophomores Claer, Joseph, Sam and Lucas. Surnames can be requested through school staff. Contact Emily Balk for more information.

High School Quiz Show is hosted by Boston media personality Billy Costa. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author Jeff Kinney filled in as host for a number of episodes this season.

The sixteen schools competing on High School Quiz Show earned the highest scores on an oral quiz at WGBH’s “Super Sunday” qualifying event at WGBH studios in Brighton, MA on November 4, 2018. The 10th anniversary season premiered on Saturday, February 2 with Boston Latin School squaring off against two-time State Champion Lexington High School.

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, civics, 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, Massachusetts Teachers Association, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Comcast NBC Universal, Harvard Summer School Programs for High School Students, and Subaru of New England.

For more information, visit highschoolquizshow.org or follow the show on FacebookTwitter 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, ArthurPinkalicious & Peterrific 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.

Photos: ©2019 WGBH/Elizabeth Friar