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About the Minnesota State High School League

The Minnesota State High School League is a voluntary, nonprofit association of public and private schools with a history of service to Minnesota's high school youth since 1916.

Today, nearly 500 schools are members of the League. Most - about 435 - are actual high schools. The remainder are either special schools or home schools. These member schools provide opportunities for athletics and fine arts competition for more than 200,000 high school students statewide each year.

Member schools annually choose to join the League. The League exists to provide competitive, equitable and uniform opportunities for high school students to learn valuable lessons through participation in athletics and fine arts. The League also provides support for member schools with programs that address sportsmanship, chemical health, scholarship recognition. The League also oversees more than 4,500 registered contest officials and judges. The League provides educational programs for coaches.

The Minnesota State High School League neither solicits nor receives any state funding. Most revenue comes from state tournament ticket sales, broadcast rights, and corporate partnerships, plus some from the sale of tournament merchandise. The League also annually returns hundreds of thousands of dollars to schools which had participants in state tournaments and contests to help offset the costs associated with "Going to State."

Mission Statement

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

We believe thatů
  • Participation in school activity programs is a privilege and not a right.
  • Sportsmanship needs to have a constant presence in all school-based activity programs.
  • Students should have an equal opportunity to participate in all activities offered by their school.
  • Ethical behavior, dignity and respect are non-negotiable.
  • Student participants who choose to be chemically free must be supported.
  • Collaborative relationships with parents enhance a school's opportunity to positively impact student success.
  • Academic priorities must come before participation in athletic or fine arts activities.
  • Positive role models and an active involvement in a student's life by parents and others are critical to student success.
  • High school activity programs are designed for student participants, and adults must serve in a supportive role.
  • The success of the team is more important than individual honors.
  • Compliance with school, community and League rules is essential for all activity participants.
  • Participation in school-sponsored activities must be inclusive, not exclusive.
  • Ethical behavior, fairness, and embracing diversity best serve students and school communities.
More Information

  • About the MSHSL

  • History of the MSHSL

  • Membership Information

  • Contact League Office / Staff

  • League Staff Responsibilities

  • Contact Board of Directors

  • Contact Region Secretaries

  • State Associations


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