Welcome to the official website of the HCHS Quiz Bowl Team! Our school is located in Manhattan in New York City.

We practice in room 416Wednesdays during Activities and 5th and Tuesdays and Fridays 3:00-5:00 PM (you can pop in and leave whenever you need to). Please feel free to drop by and join us! 

What is Quiz Bowl?

Quiz Bowl (also spelled "quizbowl") is an academic competition played in high school and college (although middle school students at Hunter are welcome to join). It is similar to the popular TV game show Jeopardy! in that questions are read to competitors, who then buzz in to answer, but it differs in that quiz bowl questions are much more difficult and better-written than Jeopardy! clues, and cover mostly academic subjects, with very little trivia.

In a game of quiz bowl, two schools are each represented by a team of four players. The moderator or reader, begins to read a question, known as a tossup. Tossups in formats played at Hunter are in a style known as "pyramidal". Pyramidal tossups are generally several sentences long, beginning with a lead-in composed of very difficult clues, and working down, with decreasing difficulty, until the giveaway, or the easiest clue. This format rewards players with deeper knowledge of the topic in question. Read More....

Why should I join Hunter Quiz Bowl?

Quiz bowl, unlike most other sports and extra-curriculars available at Hunter, exposes players to a much wider knowledge base than regular classes would, greatly benefiting players academically.

Hunter's quiz bowl team is one of the top teams in the nation. We attend many regional and national tournaments throughout the year, both in the vicinity of New York (Long Island, New Jersey, Columbia University, Princeton, etc.) and all across the nation (Chicago, Washington, DC, Harvard, Yale, etc.), usually bringing 3-4 teams, so new players can get plenty of experience. In addition, we host an annual house-written tournament in the spring, with questions written and edited by the team, and an annual novice tournament in the fall.

We make use of technology in innovative ways, including IRC to hold online practices, Smartboards to 
keep score, and laptops to read questions and look up information during regular practices, and collaborating with quiz bowl players at other schools to write and edit tournament questions via Google Docs.

Sign Up!

You can sign up for the Hunter Quiz Bowl Team via our website. All grades are welcome.

See these links for more information:

Congrats to our A team for finishing 2nd at Livingston High School's March Madness

Congrats to our middle school A and B teams at their first ever MSNCT! 
A team finished tied 19th and B team placed 91st in a field of 128 teams. Congrats also to Sam Brochin on the A team for winning an All-Star award.

Photo cred to Colin McNamara

Our A team wins the 2012 PACE National Scholastics Championship! Congrats to Lily Chen, the recipient of the 2012 Ben Cooper Young Ambassador Award!