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High School Bowl is WNMU-TV’s most popular local production. Since 1977, teams from area high schools have been going head-to-head in a battle of knowledge. Four person teams answer questions about history, science, literature, geography, art, music, math, and many more subjects. 40 teams from across the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin compete in an annual 39-game single-elimination tournament with an 8-game “Play-in Round.”

High School Bowl is produced by Mike Lakenen and hosted by Jim Koski.

Broadcast Schedule

Saturdays at 8/7c on WNMU-TV PBS, repeating Mondays at 3/2c.

Also available Mondays at 1/12c and 8/7c on WNMU-MLC (broadcast channel 13.4).

Watch full episodes of High School Bowl online and with the PBS Video app. 

Season 43 Downloads

Printable 2021-22 High School Bowl Broadcast Schedule

2021-22 High School Bowl Tournament Poster

High School Bowl Game Photos
Game photos are generally available for download about one week after the game airs, beginning in November.

Season 43 Underwriters

Janice Mills of Escanaba

The Donald & Audrey Anderson Foundation

Production funding is also provided by 17 Upper Peninsula Credit Unions:
TruNorth Federal, Marquette Community Federal, Tahquamenon Area, Soo Co-op, Peninsula Federal, Gogebic County Federal, Northern United Federal, Embers, Michigan Tech Employees Federal, Great Lakes First Federal, Baraga Community Federal, Iron Mountain/Kingsford Community Federal, Integra First Federal, Chippewa County, DeTour Drummond Community, Limestone Federal and Northern Lights Community Federal

Petrucelli and Waara, Attorneys at Law

Johnson Controls

In partnership with The Regional Educational Service Agencies & Intermediate School Districts of the Upper Peninsula

Latest News

High School Bowl Returns to WNMU-TV!

High School Bowl Season 43 begins Saturday, November 6 at 8/7c. We have a few changes, including an updated set and a brand new team entering the competition.


Every year, Northern Michigan University awards $2,500 and $1,500 in scholarships to the first and second place teams, respectively. Additionally, one outstanding senior is awarded the Dave Goldsmith Scholarship.

Houghton High School Senior George Manson was named as this year's recipient. George appeared on High School Bowl for four seasons and was instrumental in leading the Houghton Gremlins to the 2020 finals. George will receive $1500 to use towards his college education.

Purchase High School Bowl Copies

Copies of programs from recent seasons are available for $19.95. Call 800-227-9668, or 227-1300 during regular business hours (8 am-5 pm ET weekdays) and order by phone with your credit card. Please let us know the school name and broadcast date of the program you want to purchase when you call. Or download our video order form. (Programs prior to 2008-09 season are not available.)