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Ohio High School Athletic Association
Abbreviation OHSAA
Formation 1907
Legal status Association
Purpose/focus Athletic/Educational
Headquarters 4080 Roselea Pl.
Columbus, OH 43214
Region served Ohio
Official languages English
Commissioner Daniel B. Ross, Ph.D.
Affiliations National Federation of State High School Associations
Staff 20
Website ohsaa.org
Remarks (614) 267-2502

The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) is the governing body of athletic programs for junior and senior high schools in the state of Ohio. The OHSAA governs eligibility of student athletes, resolves disputes, organizes levels of competition by divisional separation of schools according to attendance population, and conducts state championship competitions in all the OHSAA-sanctioned sports.

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Membership

There are approximately 820 member high schools and 850 more schools in the 7th-8th grade division of the OHSAA. Most public and private high schools in Ohio belong to the OHSAA.[1]

Structure

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Districts

The Association is divided into six districts, each with its own District Athletic Board.

The District boards conduct Sectional and District tournaments. The main OHSAA board conducts Regional and State tournaments.[2]

Classifications and Divisions

Member high schools are divided into 3 classifications (A, AA, AAA). Prior to 1989 many sports held tournaments based on these classifications. Since then, each sport individually divides into numbered divisions based on enrollment, taking into account the total number of schools offering that Varsity sport and placing an equal number of schools in each division.

The Classifications (A being the smallest schools, AAA the largest) are still used to fill spots on the District Athletic Boards (2 representatives from each class).

The number of divisions vary based on how many schools offer that sport. Football has the most, with 6 divisions. 5 sports have a single division: Boys' Ice Hockey and Bowling, and Girls' Field Hockey, Bowling, and Gymnastics.

History

The OHSAA is an unincorporated, non-profit organization founded in 1907. Members of the Western Ohio Superintendents Round Table had frequently discussed the need of a central organization for high school athletics. In 1906 they passed a resolution to appoint a committee, headed by George R. Eastman, the first President of the Board of Control.

The first OHSAA sponsored state tournament, in Track and Field, was held on May 23, 1908 at Denison University. Columbus North became the first state champions, finishing ahead of Dayton Steele.[1]

Commissioners since 1925

The original logo of the OHSAA

[3]

  • H.R. Townsend (1925–1944)
  • Harold Emswiler (1944–1958)
  • W.J. McConnell (1958–1963)
  • Paul E. Landis (1963–1969)
  • Harold A. Meyer (1969–1977)
  • George D. Bates (1977–1980)
  • Richard L. Armstrong (1980–1989)
  • Clair Muscaro (1990–2004)
  • Daniel B. Ross, Ph.D. (2004–Present)

Prior to 1925, the Board of Control officers handled duties now associated with the Commissioner.

OHSAA–sponsored sports tournaments

[3]

Boys

Season Sport Tournament Structure # of Divisions 1st Tournament 2009-2010 State Tournament Location
Fall Cross Country District, Regional, & State 3 1928 Scioto Downs, Columbus
Fall Football Regional & State 6 1972 Fawcett Stadium, Canton
(Divisions 1, 4, 5)
Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, Massillon
(Divisions 2, 3, 6)
Fall Golf Sectional, District & State 3 1927 (Spring sport 1927-1974) The Ohio State University Golf Club, Scarlet Course, Columbus
Fall Soccer Sectional, District, Regional & State 3 1976 Crew Stadium, Columbus
Winter Basketball Sectional, District, Regional, & State 4 1923 Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Winter Bowling Sectional, District, & State 1 2007 Shawnee Lanes, Chillicothe
Winter Ice Hockey District & State 1 1978 Nationwide Arena, Columbus
Winter Swimming and Diving Sectional, District, & State 2 1928 Branin Natatorium, Canton
Winter Wrestling Sectional, District, & State 3 1938 Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Spring Baseball Sectional, District, Regional, & State 4 1928 Cooper Stadium, Columbus
Spring Track and Field District, Regional, & State 3 1908 Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Spring Tennis Sectional, District, & State 2** 1922 Stickney Tennis Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus

Girls

Season Sport Tournament Structure # of Divisions 1st Tournament 2009-2010 State Tournament Location
Fall Cross Country District, Regional, & State 3 1978 Scioto Downs, Columbus
Fall Field Hockey State Qualifying & State 1 1979 Upper Arlington High School, Upper Arlington
Fall Golf Sectional, District & State 2 1993 The Ohio State University Golf Club, Gray Course, Columbus
Fall Soccer Sectional, District, Regional & State 2 1985 Crew Stadium, Columbus
Fall Tennis Sectional, District, & State 2** 1977 Stickney Tennis Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus and Hilliard Davidson High School, Hilliard
Fall Volleyball Sectional, District, Regional, & State 4 1975 Ervin J. Nutter Center, Wright State University, Dayton
Winter Basketball Sectional, District, Regional, & State 4 1976 Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Winter Bowling Sectional, District, & State 1 2007 Shawnee Lanes, Chillicothe
Winter Gymnastics Sectional, District, & State 1 1977 Hilliard Bradley High School, Hilliard
Winter Swimming and Diving Sectional, District, & State 2 1977 Branin Natatorium, Canton
Spring Softball Sectional, District, Regional, & State 4 1978 Firestone Stadium, Akron
Spring Track and Field District, Regional, & State 3 1975 Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, The Ohio State University, Columbus
**(Individual/Doubles only, no Team championships)

Past team state champions

Schools with most team titles

[3]

Rank # of
Titles
School City # of
Boys
Titles
# of
Girls
Titles
Year of
First
Title
Year of
Last
Title
1 42 Upper Arlington Upper Arlington 26 16 1937 2010
1 42 St. Xavier Cincinnati 42 X* 1957 2010
3 39 St. Edward Lakewood 39 X* 1978 2009
4 32 Walsh Jesuit Cuyahoga Falls 22 10 1982 2008
5 27 Hawken Gates Mills 5 22 1977 2010
6 26 Canton McKinley Canton 23 3 1937 2006
7 24 Newark Catholic Newark 14 10 1978 2007
7 24 Thomas Worthington Worthington 10 14 1938 2007
7 24 Minster Minster 2 22 1976 2009
7 24 St. Ignatius Cleveland 24 X* 1988 2010
11 23 Beaumont School Cleveland Heights X* 23 1986 2008
12 22 Elder Cincinnati 22 X* 1943 2005
13 20 Columbus Academy Gahanna 12 8 1977 2006
* X = single-sex school

Schools with most team titles in one sport

[3]

Rank # of
Titles
School City Sport First Last
1 31 St. Xavier Cincinnati Boys Swimming 1970 2010
2 25 St. Edward Lakewood Boys Wrestling 1978 2009
3 20 Hawken Gates Mills Girls Swimming 1984 2010
4 17 Upper Arlington Upper Arlington Boys Golf 1941 2006
5 16 Beaumont School Cleveland Heights Girls Track 1986 2008
6 15 Glenville Cleveland Boys Track 1959 2007
7 13 Canton McKinley Canton Boys Swimming 1937 1961
7 13 East Technical Cleveland Boys Track 1920 1955
9 12 Elder Cincinnati Boys Baseball 1943 2005
9 12 Minster Minster Girls Track 1976 2004
9 12 Graham St. Paris Boys Wrestling 1982 2010
12 11 St. Edward Lakewood Boys Ice Hockey 1985 2008
13 10 Maple Heights Maple Heights Boys Wrestling 1956 1974
13 10 Magnificat Rocky River Girls Gymnastics 1990 2003
13 10 St. Ignatius Cleveland Boys Football 1988 2008
13 10 Brecksville-Broadview Heights Broadview Heights Girls Gymnastics 1994 2010

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