Role of the Minnesota State High School League

Updated: 07/22/2013 12:06 PM By: Maricella Miranda

Photo: MGN Online
Photo: MGN Online

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.

Purpose of MSHL