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Updated: 07/22/2013 12:06 PM
Created: 07/22/2013 12:04 PM | Print |  Email
By: Maricella Miranda

Role of the Minnesota State High School League

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Some Minnesota high schools want to make sports teams more evenly matched in the Minnesota State High School League's sports conferences. Learn more about Minnesota State High School League here.

Mission Statement

The Minnesota State High School League provides educational opportunities for students through interscholastic athletic and fine arts programs and provides leadership and support for member schools.


The MSHL was first organized in 1916 as the State High School Athletic Association. Its primary purposes were to promote amateur sports and to establish uniform eligibility rules for interscholastic contests.
In 1929, it broadened its scope by including all interscholastic athletic activities and added speech and debate. At that time, the name was changed to the Minnesota State High School League. Music was added in 1965 and Girls Athletics in 1969.
The League has existed as a nonprofit, voluntary association of the public high schools since its inception. In 1960, it was officially incorporated under the laws of the state of Minnesota as a nonprofit corporation.

  • The First Congress of Schools meeting happened in 1971. Of the 486 total members, 447 had official representation at the meeting. This was the first meeting of the total membership in the 55-year history of the league.
  • The Second Congress of Schools meeting took place in 1972. Representatives from 427 of the 484 member schools participated. More than 900 men and women, boys and girls, school board members, legislators, superintendents, principals, athletic directors, coaches of athletic and non-athletic activities and students actively participated in the action of the congress.
  • The Third Congress of Schools meeting took place in 1987. More than 600 administrators and school board members attended from 296 member schools of the MSHSL.

Purpose of MSHL

  • To provide promote, extend, manage and administer a program of activities for youth of the schools of the state on subsection, section and state levels in the fields of athletics, speech, music and dramatics on a competitive basis, as well as such other curricular and extracurricular activities as may from time to time be sponsored by the schools of Minnesota.
  • To establish uniform and equitable rules for youth in inter-school activities.
  • To elevate standards of sportsmanship and to encourage the growth of responsible citizenship among the students, member schools and their personnel.
  • To protect youth, member schools and their personnel from exploitation by special interest groups.
  • To provide mutual benefit and relief plans for the assistance of school students injured in athletic events or supervised school activities in meeting medical and hospital expenses incurred by reason of such injuries.
  • To serve the best interests of member schools and their students by providing a medium of cooperation and coordination in educational fields of endeavor and a series of related activities on a state-wide basis, which they individually could not achieve or accomplish for their students and which aid and assist the schools in maintaining a constantly improved program.
  • Click here for information about participants in the MSHL.

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