The following is, to the best of all available information, a breakdown of the winners and losers (and scores and dates, when available) of all games played by high school teams on the WRGB TV series “Little Red Schoolhouse” and “Answers Please.”
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So, to the best of my ability, here are the schedules and opponents and scores for the shows”Little Red Schoolhouse” (1962-1970) and “Answers Please” (1966-1989). I’ve added photographs courtesy of the Schenectady Museum’s archives, and if anybody has more information, please forward it to me and I will update this list.
Little Red Schoolhouse, 1962-63 (host – Dave Krogmann) (aired Sunday 12n, then moved in April to Saturday at 530p)
- February 3, 1963 – Berne-Knox High School def. Corinth High School
- February 10, 1963 – Schalmont Central High School def. Berne-Knox High School
- February 17, 1963 – Schalmont Central High School v. Hudson High School (game ended in a tie)
- February 24, 1963 – Hudson High School def. Schalmont Central High School
- March 3, 1963 – Hudson High School def. Bishop Gibbons High School
- March 10, 1963 – Hudson High School def. Saratoga Springs High School (Hudson High School became first team to retire undefeated)
- March 17, 1963 – Shaker High School def. Albany High School 250-120 (earliest recorded score available)
- March 24, 1963 – Troy High School def. Shaker High School
- March 30, 1963 – Troy High School v. Ravena-Selkirk High School. Show moves to Saturday, 530p
- Colonie High School defeated Troy High School.
Little Red Schoolhouse, 1963-64 (aired mostly Monday nights at 7pm)
- September 23, 1963 – Marylrose Academy defeated Watervliet High School
- September 30, 1963 – Ichabod Crane Central School played against Marylrose Academy
- October 14, 1963 – Margaretville Central defeats Granville Central.
- October 21, 1963 – Clayton A. Bouton Junior-Senior High School faces Margaretville Central.
- November 4, 1963 – Philip Schuyler High School defeated Schuylerville High School.
- November 11, 1963 – Philip Schuyler High School defeated Chatham High School.
- November 18, 1963 – Greenwich High School defeated Philip Schuyler High School 170-140.
- November 25, 1963 – Greenwich High School v. Draper High School.
- March 2, 1964 – Middleboro Central v. Milne High School.
- March 9, 1964 – Canajoharie High School defeated Ballston Spa High School.
- March 16, 1964 – Canajoharie High School defeated Germantown Central High School.
- March 23, 1964 – Canajoharie High School defeated Shenendehowa High School, retired undefeated.
- May 4, 1964 – Mayfield Central School 170, Cobleskill High school 140
- May 11, 1964 – Mayfield Central School v. Stillwater High School
Little Red Schoolhouse, 1964-65
- airing on Monday nights, 7pm
- October 5, 1964: Berne-Knox Central School defeated Brittenkill Central 160-110.
- October 12, 1964: Albany Academy def. Berne-Knox Central 260-190.
- November 2, 1964: Gilboa Central School participated.
- December 7, 1964: Richfield Springs Central School appeared on the show.
- February 1965: Marylrose Academy retired undefeated (three wins), setting a new scoring record (Knickerbocker News, Feb 19, 1965).
- March 8, 1965: Saugerties High School competed on the show.
- April 1965: Greenwich Central School def. Philip Schuyler 220-70, retiring undefeated (three wins and one tie)
- Spring 1965: Andes Central School tied Mayfield High School.
- Spring 1965: Andes Central School defeated Mayfield High School in the rematch.
- Spring 1965: Andes Central School def. St. Mary’s (Hudson). Final episode of the season.
Little Red Schoolhouse,1965-66
- airing on Wednesday nights, 7pm
- Fall 1965: Andes Central School def. Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central in first episode of the season.
- St. Mary’s Institute (Amsterdam) won two weeks in a row.
- November 3, 1965: Germantown Central defeated St. Mary’s Institute (Amsterdam).
- December 1965: South Kortright Central tied Ballston Spa HS.
- January 6, 1966: Andes Central School participated.
- January 28, 1966: Linton High School def. Lynch High School, 230-190.
Answers Please, Summer 1966
- “Answers Please” was designed as an adult version of “Little Red Schoolhouse,” and prepared on June 10, 1966 with a team of department heads from Linton High School, taking on a team of personalities from WRGB and WGY. The set was re-designed, but you can still see that the arrangement of the two teams on two separate levels uses the same format as “Little Red Schoolhouse.”
Little Red Schoolhouse, 1966-67
- October 1966, airing on Monday nights 830p
- October 3, 1966 – New Paltz HS defeats Berne-Knox Central.
- October 10, 2016 – Clayton A. Bouton Junior-Senior High School defeats New Paltz High School 190-140.
- October 17, 1966 – Clayton A. Bouton Junior-Senior High School defeats St. Mary’s of Glens Falls.
- October 24, 1966 – Clayton A. Bouton Junior-Senior High School defeats St. Johnsville High School, retires undefeated.
- February 1967, airing on Monday nights 830p
- April 1967, airing on Monday nights 830p
Little Red Schoolhouse, 1967-68
- December 1967, airing on Tuesday nights 730p
- December 5, 1967: Johnstown High School appeared on the show.
- Fort Plain High School played for three weeks and retired undefeated.
- A team from the Fonda-Fultonville School District won on Little Red Schoolhouse; according to this website, they actually started a fund to preserve the Plank Road Schoolhouse and relocate it from possible demolition. The building was moved in 1973 to safer ground; it was restored and repainted, and reopened in 1985 as the “Little Red Schoolhouse Museum.”
- Hudson High school defeated Fort Plain High School in the spring.
- Albany High school participated in this season, losing one game.
- Catholic Central defeated Vincentian Institute (VI players John Ward, John Cangilos, Susan Balon and Margaret Rehfuss. Alternates: Linda Soldo and Paul Boylan)
Little Red Schoolhouse, 1968-69
- November 30, 1968 – Perth Central High School competed on the show.
- This is the last season in which the quiz show was known as “Little Red Schoolhouse.”
Answers Please, 1969-70
- December 1969 – Fort Plain Central School defeated Maple Hill High School; then lost the next week to Voorheesville High School.
- December 28, 1969 – Cobleskill High School def. Mechanicville High School 180-100.
- 1970 – Congregation Agudat Achim played for three weeks on the show and retired undefeated.
- February 14, 1970 – Johnstown High School def. Keveney Academy.
- February 21, 1970 – Johnstown High School def. Coxsackie-Athens High School.
- February 28, 1970 – Hudson Falls Senior High School and Johnstown High School competed on the show.
- March 28, 1970 – Guilderland High School def. Wilbur Lynch High School 280-120.
- May 23, 1970 – Northville Central HS participated on the show.
- Broadalbin Central High school competed on the show.
- This is the first season in which the quiz show is known as “Answers Please.”
Answers Please, 1970-71
- On September 24, 1970, St. Johnsville High School was scheduled to appear on the show; they were unable to appear and were rescheduled for later in the year.
- October 10, 1970: Milne High School and Cherry Valley Central High Scool competed on the show.
- October 1970: Margaretville Central School participated on the show.
- November 19, 1970: Northville High School, having already won previously, faced Cobleskill High School.
- February 13, 1971: Long Lake Central School and Oppenheim-Ephrata Central School participated on the show.
- February 27, 1971: Johnstown High School participated in the show.
- March 27, 1971: Perth Central School participated on the show.
- April 24, 1971: Berlin Central School participated on the show.
- Berne-Knox Central School won two matches, including a tiebreaker.
- May 8, 1971: Newcomb High School def. Berne-Knox Central 180-130.
- May 15, 1971: Newcomb High School competed on this episode.
- May 29, 1971: Averill Park High School competed on the show.
- Draper High School participated on the show (lineup: Linda Walz, Cynthia Coleman, Don Vitch, Fran Pugilese)
Answers Please, 1971-72
- Show may have aired as late as 5pm on Saturdays.
- October 3, 1971 – Bishop Scully HS (Amsterdam) participated on the show.
- October 23, 1971 – Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School and Schoharie High School participated on the show.
- December 11, 1971 – Berlin Central School and Lansingburgh High School participated on the show.
- December-January 1971-72 – Chatham Central High School retired undefeated, including wins over Lansingburgh HS and St. Joseph’s HS (Catskill).
- January 27, 1972 – St. Mary’s (Hoosick Falls) def. Maple Hill High School 135-120.
- February 3, 1972 – St. Mary’s (Hoosick Falls) and Keveney Academy competed on the show.
- March 1972 – Scotia-Glenville High School won three weeks in a row and retired undefeated. Their third win was against St. Patrick’s Central of Catskill on March 26, 1972.
- April 22, 1972 – Mount Greylock Regional High school won their first game.
- April 29, 1972 – Mount Greylock Regional High School faced St. Peter’s High School of Saratoga Springs.
Answers Please, 1972-73 (host was Ed Dague)
- October 20, 1972 – Berne-Knox-Westerlo against Warrensburg Central School.
- December, 1972 – Scotia-Glenville HS won three weeks in a row and retired undefeated.
- December 23, 1972 – Perth Central School def. Chatham Central School.
- January 6, 1973 – Perth Central School def. Galway High School.
- January 13, 1973 – St. Mary’s (Hoosick Falls) def. Perth Central.
- March 24, 1973 – Johnstown High School def. Bishop Gibbons High School 170-35.
- April 1, 1973 – Johnstown High School def. Mont Pleasant, 160-75.
- April 14, 1973 – Johnstown High School def. Hunter-Tannersville High School, 65-60, retires undefeated.
- May 27, 1973 – Wilbur H. Lynch High School def. St. Patrick’s Central (Catskill) 115-50.
- Johnstown HS wins three weeks in a row, including one win over Hunter-Tannersville, and retires undefeated.
- In the Tournament of Champions, Johnstown HS won three weeks, including the Champions Final against Albany HS.
Answers Please, 1973-74
- November 3, 1973 – Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School won two games, and faced St. Anthony High School (Bennington, Vt.) in a third game.
- June 8, 1974 – Mohonasen High School defeated Webutuck High School, 210-150.
- Schoharie Central High School (Laurel Richardson, Rick Herrick, Roger Van DerWorden and Jud Donnelly) lost to Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk.
- Johnstown HS wins three weeks in a row and retires undefeated.
- In the Tournament of Champions, Johnstown HS won three weeks and claimed the Champions Final.
Answers Please, 1974-75
- The February 1975 edition of the Niskayuna High School newspaper, “The Warrior,” noted that the school would be fielding an Answers Please team for the first time in school history.
- The Niskayuna High School team won their first two games, which were the last two games taped for the season.
- Johnstown High School was scheduled to appear on Answers Please, but had to postpone their initial taping date because several of the students that made up the “Answers Please” team were also participating in the school play during the date of taping.
- April 19, 1975 – Johnstown High School lost to Coxsackie-Athens 310-130. The loss is Johnstown’s first in three years.
Answers Please, 1975-76
- Show aired at 4pm on Sundays.
- October 18, 1975 – Niskayuna High School def. Albany Academy, 340-275; combined with their two wins in the last weeks of the 1974-75 season, Niskayuna High School retired undefeated.
- Albany High School (Jim Saturno, Ian Altman, Rika Murray, and Theresa Copeland) appeared on the show for three weeks and retired undefeated.
Answers Please, 1976-77
- December 16, 1976 – Maple Hill High School (Castleton) won three weeks in a row and retired undefeated.
- January 26, 1977 – Cohoes High School def. Warrensburg High School.
- Niskayuna and Guilderland played a four-game series. This may have been a Tournament of Champions final; information came from the Niskayuna High School “Warrior” newspaper.
- Niskayuna and Guilderland tied 100-100.
- Niskayuna defeated Guilderland 160-105.
- Guilderland defeated Niskayuna 130-125.
- Niskayuna defeated Guilderland 170-55.
Answers Please, 1977-78 (host may have been Tracy Egan)
- Hoosac Valley High School won two weeks in a row, including a 170-65 victory over Schalmont High School, but lost the third game.
- Saratoga Catholic High School won three weeks in a row and retired undefeated.
Answers Please, 1978-79
- Hoosac Valley High School won three weeks in a row and retired undefeated.
- Perth Central won two weeks in a row.
- Cooperstown High School defeated Perth Central.
- February 10, 1979 – Webutuck High School and Schalmont High School battled.
- March 17, 1979 – Warrensburg Central School wins.
- March 24, 1979 – Warrensburg Central School participates.
Answers Please, 1980-81 (host – Tim Welch)
- November 20, 1981 – Schoharie High School def. St. Joseph’s (Pittsfield).
- November 29, 1981 – Schoharie High School def. Broadalbin High School.
- February 1981 – Cooperstown High School wins final game, retires undefeated
- March 2, 1981 – Street Academy of Albany defeats Albany Academy 145-105.
- March 9, 1981 – Street Academy of Albany defeats Keveney Academy 185-105.
- March 16, 1981 – Street Academy of Albany defeats St. Mary’s Academy (Hoosick Falls) 150-60, Street Academy of Albany retires undefeated.
- Schalmont HS defeats Hudson HS 135-110. This is the last game of the season.
Answers Please, 1981-82
- Beginning with the 1981-82 season, the Tournament of Champions was revived; any team that wins three weeks in a row is invited to return at the end of the year for the Tournament of Champions. If more than four schools retired undefeated in a season, the four schools with the highest cumulative point totals would participate in the post-season tournament.
- September 1981 – Schalmont defeats Corinth HS 205-30.
- September 1981 – Schalmont defeats Catskill 170-95. Counting their win on the final game of the 1980-81 season, Schalmont is credited with three wins and retires undefeated.
- October 1981 – Hoosac Valley High School loses their first game of the season. It is the first time Hoosac Valley has competed on Answers Please without winning at least one game.
- Averill Park High School won one week, then lost in their second week.
- Taconic Hills High School wins three weeks in a row and retires undefeated.
- Johnstown HS wins three weeks in a row and retires undefeated.
- May 1982 – In the semi-finals of the Tournament of Champions, Taconic Hills defeats Johnstown 145-105. They later face Schalmont for the season championship.
Answers Please, 1982-83
- Oct 23 1982 – Berne-Knox-Westerlo and Heatly High School tied, 65-65.
- Oct 30 1982 – Berne-Knox-Westerlo defeats Heatly High School.
- November 1982 – Roxbury High School defeated Berne-Knox-Westerlo; however, a protest was filed regarding the correct answer to one of the questions, and the game was later declared a tie.
- November 1982 – Roxbury High School and Berne-Knox-Westerlo faced each other
- 1982-83 season – Tamarac High School won three times in a row and retired undefeated.
- May 29, 1983 – Webutuck HS defeated Cairo-Durham HS, 120-75.
Answers Please, 1983-84
- Aired at Saturday, 1130 am.
- Schalmont HS defeated Jefferson HS.
- Schalmont HS defeated South Glens Falls HS.
- Schalmont HS defeated Middleburg HS and retired undefeated.
- Taconic Hills HS played three weeks, winning two and losing one (team members Obi Imegwu, Patrick O’Neil, Kelly Laing and Tom Werner).
Answers Please, 1984-85 (host is John Wagner; Tim Welch hosts when Guilderland High School is on the program, as Wagner is a Guilderland HS faculty member)
- Cherry Valley High School appears on the show.
- Albany Academy appears on the show.
- Berlin Central wins their first game.
- Mohonasen defeated Berlin Central.
Answers Please, 1985-86 (Aired Sunday, 12n)
- December 1985 – Ballston Spa High School appeared on the show.
- Guilderland Central High School won three weeks in a row and retired undefeated.
- Coxsackie-Athens High School played at least two weeks on the show, facing Keveny Academy and Cooperstown High School.
- Taconic Hills HS won three weeks in a row and retired undefeated (team was Tom Werner, Amy Arnholter, Tricia Kammerer and Bill Laing)
- In the postseason, Coxsackie-Athens High School defeated St. Joseph’s High School in the semifinals.
- In the postseason, Taconic Hills HS won the championship.
Beginning with this season, WRGB made a slight change to the format of the show; teams were now expected to have two boys and two girls as their four-person squad; as well as one boy and one girl for alternates. In a May 22, 1986 letter to the Schenectady Gazette, the faculty advisor for the team at Hoosac Valley High School in Adams, Mass. took issue with WRGB’s decision that each four-person team must be made up of two boys and two girls. The argument made was that WRGB wanted to make sure there was no discrimination on the basis of gender; however, the faculty advisor wanted to put the best team together, regardless of gender. “Hoosac Valley High School selects its starting team by means of a testing system, whereby the highest scores determine the team members. Therefore, our teams are rarely composed of two boys and two girls. This is a violation of Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, as well as Chapter 622 of the Massachusetts General Laws … We at Hoosac Valley strongly protest this policy, and urge that it be abolished.”
Answers Please, 1986-87 (host is John Wagner)
- November 24, 1986 – Niskayuna HS defeats Albany HS 180-125.
- Colonie High School won three weeks in a row and retired undefeated.
Answers Please, 1987-88
- December 3, 1987 – Berne-Knox-Westerlo defeated Saratoga Spa Central 145-130.
- May 7, 1988 – Schuylerville High school defeated Academy of the Holy Names 170-100.
- May 14, 1988 – Schuylerville High school defeated Schalmont High School.
- May 21, 1988 – Schuylerville High School battled Christian Brothers Academy.
Answers Please, 1988-89 (host is Jim Brennan)
- Aired Saturdays, often switching timeslots from 11:30am to 12:00 noon. This was the show’s final season.
- October 22, 1988 – Maple Hill High school defeated Greenwich Central High School.
- October 29, 1988 – Maple Hill won their second game of the season.
- November 5, 1988 – Webutuck High School defeated Maple Hill High School.
- November 12, 1988 – Webutuck High school defeated Edmeston High School.
- November 19, 1988 – Granville HS defeated Webutuck High.
- Amsterdam High School wins in consecutive weeks against Johnstown HS and Averill Park HS.
- February 28, 1989 – Amsterdam HS 150, Hoosac Valley HS 15. Amsterdam wins three weeks in a row and retires undefeated.