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Boston Latin School Takes State Title Again on WGBH’s High School Quiz Show

For the second year in a row, Boston Latin School was crowned High School Quiz Show® State Champion, earning the top spot by defeating veteran competitor Belmont High School, with a score of 570 to 355 in the season finale on Saturday, May 16, 2020. In only their second appearance on the televised academic competition from Boston public media producer WGBH, Boston Latin School defeated 16 other Massachusetts High Schools that qualified for the show. 

Hosted by local media personality Billy Costa, High School Quiz Show teams went head-to-head in a single-elimination bracketed tournament. Quickfire questions challenged the competitors to display their knowledge in a wide range of categories, including literature, math, history, current events and science.

Boston Latin School teammates Joseph (junior), Christy (senior), Ethan (junior) and Dante (senior) were coached by history teacher Andy Zou and mathematics teacher Theresa Cojohn. Their alternates were Alice (junior) and Kyler (freshman). (Surnames can be requested through school staff. Contact Emily Balk for more information.)

“Congratulations once again to Boston Latin School for a strong finish on High School Quiz Show Season 11. In only their second year competing, they showed an impressive understanding of the nuances of the game,”” said Executive Producer Hillary Wells. “And, over the course of the entire season, we were inspired by the academic strength and sportsmanship exhibited by students from across the state as they proudly represented their schools.”

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The 17 schools that competed on High School Quiz Show earned the highest scores on a written quiz at WGBH’s “Super Sunday” qualifying event at WGBH studios in Brighton, MA last October. A total of 79 schools from across the state participated in the qualifying event.  Four schools competed on the show for the first time: Salem Academy Charter School, Tantasqua Regional High School, Taunton High School and Waltham High School. 

These are the Massachusetts high schools that competed on High School Quiz Show Season 11: 

  •     Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
  •     Andover High School
  •     Arlington High School
  •     Belmont High School
  •     Boston Latin School
  •     Brookline High School
  •     Lexington High School
  •     Mansfield High School
  •     Needham High School
  •     Salem Academy Charter School
  •     South High Community School (Worcester)
  •     Tantasqua Regional High School (Sturbridge, MA)
  •     Taunton High School
  •     Waltham High School
  •     Wellesley High School
  •     Weston High School
  •     Whitman-Hanson Regional High School

High School Quiz Show is endorsed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and 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, XFINITY from Comcast, Subaru of New England, and Emerson College.

All episodes of High School Quiz Show Season 11 were filmed in late January and early February of 2020 and can be streamed online any time at highschoolquizshow.org and on YouTube. The completed bracket also can be accessed online. 

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

Photo Credit: ©2020 WGBH/Elizabeth Friar