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Information on Minnesota State Agencies, Boards, Task Forces, and Commissions

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State High School League

Also known as:
Minnesota State High School League
Active dates:1916-

Supervises and regulates interscholastic athletics, and musical, dramatic, and other contests between pupils of Minnesota high schools.


The Minnesota State High School League was first organized in 1916 as the State High School Athletic Association. Its primary purposes were (1) to promote amateur sports and (2) 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.

A high school that is a school under section 120A.22, subdivision 4, may be a member of the league. The league is made up of high schools whose governing boards have delegated their control of extracurricular activities, as described in section 123B.49, subdivision 4, to the league. The delegation is made when the governing board files a certificate of delegation with the commissioner of education.

In 2023, the Legislature increased membership of the governing board from 20 to 22.


As of 2023, the board is composed of 22 members. Sixteen members are selected according to the league's constitution, four members are appointed by the governor, and two members are appointed from among the membership of the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals.

Entries for this agency in the Annual Compilation and Statistical Report of Multi-Member Agencies Report: 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988.

Note: This report provides membership details as well as meeting information and a summary of the group's activities.

Agency heads:

Chairman of the committee that formed the State High School League: Harry C. Bell, 1916-1927

Executive Directors: Otto Smith, 1928-1942; Harold Peterson, 1942-1958; Beverly Hill, 1959-1970; Murrae Freng, 1970-1985; Orv Bies, 1985-1988; David Stead, 1988-?; Erich Martens, ?-present

News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 1985-2016.
Record last updated: 05/25/2023

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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