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Hunter College High School
New York, NY
Club President None
Coaches Caitlin Samuel
State Championships 2008 NAQT
National Championships 2012 NSC, 2016 HSNCT, 2017 HSNCT, 2019 NHBB (JV), 2019 MSNCT
National Appearances HSNCT: 2007, 2008, 2012-2016
PACE NSC: 2008-2016
Program Status Active
School Size 1200

Hunter College High School is a public school located in Manhattan, New York City.


The team was founded in early 2006 by Guy Tabachnick. The team made its first appearance at TJ Fall '06, making the playoffs, and went on to finish 7-3 and tied for 33rd at the 2007 HSNCT. They have been an East Coast powerhouse ever since.

After taking 2nd place at the the 2011 NSC, the team continued to make their imposing presence known throughout the 2011-2012 school year, culminating in the Lily Chen-led team defeating Bellarmine in a one-match final to snag their first national championship at the 2012 NSC. Their B-team finished 17th as the highest-ranked B-team in attendance. At the 2012 HSNCT, they finished tied for 5th. Coincidentally, their B-team also finished 33rd.

At the 2012 National History Bee and Bowl, a subset of the 2012 team roster led by Richard Yu won the National History Bowl title. At the Bee finals held at Mount Vernon, Richard tied for second place. In 2019, Hunter's Junior Varsity History Bowl team got first place at Nationals, then-sophomore Pedro Juan Orduz won the Junior Varsity United States History Bee, and then-senior Daniel Ma won second place in the Varsity International Geography Bee.

Though a large number of the team's players graduated, the team continued to prove itself a worthy adversary in the 2013-2014 school year. Led by Zihan Zheng, it continued to win local tournaments and won 13th place at the 2013 NSC due to the impressive performances of Zihan himself, with help from lit specialist Marianna Zhang and talented generalist Wilton Rao.

The team is currently being led by senior Asher Jaffe and junior Rachel Yang.

Hunter won the 2016 and 2017 HSNCT. Their middle school team won the 2019 MSNCT.


Hunter hosted its first tournament, the 2008 Prison Bowl, on January 19th, 2008. The questions were generally hailed as being of high quality and are available here. Prison Bowl II, a collaboration with Walter Johnson, happened in January 2009, and Prison Bowls III and IV, head-edited by Lily Chen, occurred in the springs of 2010 and 2011 to critical acclaim. Prison Bowl, still traditionally housewritten by members of the Hunter team, continues to be one of the most popular tournaments in quiz bowl.

Hunter has also hosted a novice tournament, often a mirror of SCOP Novice, every fall since 2011.

In January of 2020, Hunter also hosted the New York City Middle School Quiz Bowl Championship, managed by Cerulean Ozarow.

More information on the various tournaments can be found here:

Current Rosters

Asher Jaffe, 2020 (Co-Captain, 2019-2020)
Lee Chow, 2020
Ben Chapman, 2021
Cerulean Ozarow, 2021
Ella Leeds, 2021
Michael Becker, 2021
Pedro Juan Orduz, 2021
Rachel Yang, 2021 (Co-Captain, 2019-2020)
Amanda Li, 2022
Andrew Zeng, 2022
Aruna Das, 2022
Daniel Shneider, 2022
Daniel Yin, 2022
Eric Cao, 2022
Nicholas Wu, 2022
Philip Belin, 2022
Ian Lu, 2023
Jacob Hardin-Bernhardt, 2023
Moxie Strom, 2023
York Niu, 2023
Ann Dai, 2024
Ayan Kohli, 2024
Benson Zhou, 2024
Eamin Ahmed, 2024
Fahian Joy, 2024
Maggie Kwan, 2024
Matthew Kohn, 2024
Nicole Wong, 2024
Simon Cheng, 2024
Tiffany Xue, 2024
Tristan Ge, 2024
William Tang, 2024
Zac Lobel, 2024
Zach Meisel, 2024
Evan Schleck, 2025

Notable Alumni

Guy Tabachnick, 2009 (Captain, 2005-2009)
Tony Cheng, 2009
Maggie Tse, 2009
Lily Chen, 2012 (Captain, 2009-2012)
York Chen, 2012
Paul Moschetti, 2012
David Xu, 2012
Richard Yu, 2012
Wilton Rao, 2013
Zihan Zheng, 2013 (Co-Captain, 2012-2013)
Marianna Zhang, 2014 (Co-Captain 2012-2013, Captain 2013-2014)
Sarah Hamerling, 2015 (Co-Captain, 2014-2015)
Jonathan Lin, 2015
Albert Tai (Co-Captain 2014-2015, Captain 2015-2016)
Luke Tierney, 2017 (Captain 2016-2017)
Chloe Levine, 2018 (Captain 2017-2018)
Abishrant Panday, 2018
Sam Brochin, 2018
Gilad Avrahami, 2018
David Godovich, 2018
Brian Huang, 2018
Ada-Marie Gutierrez, 2018
Alice Lin, 2018
Diane Hwangpo, 2018
Daniel Ma, 2019 (Captain 2018-2019)
Brian Lu, 2019

Team Website

Succession of Titles