Idaho High School Activities Association

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Idaho High School
Activities Association
Map of USA highlighting Idaho.png
Abbreviation IHSAA
Formation 1925; 89 years ago (1925)
Legal status
Association
Purpose Athletic / Educational
Headquarters 8011 Ustick Road
Location Boise, Idaho
Coordinates 43°38′01″N 116°16′57″W / 43.6337°N 116.2826°W / 43.6337; -116.2826Coordinates: 43°38′01″N 116°16′57″W / 43.6337°N 116.2826°W / 43.6337; -116.2826
Region served
Idaho
Official language
English
Executive Director
Ty Jones
Assistant Director
Julie Hammons
Affiliations National Federation of State High School Associations
Website idhsaa.org

The Idaho High School Activities Association (IHSAA) oversees high school athletics and activities in the state of Idaho. Idaho high schools are classified in five categories, based on enrollment, for league competition and state playoffs and championships. Schools primarily compete within their own classification for regular season play, but are allowed to play other schools one classification above or below them in most sports.[1]

Classification[edit]

IHSAA classifications are based on four-year enrollments (grades 9–12). [2]
The classifications for the state's 156 high schools for 2012–14 are: [3]

Classification Enrollment
(gr. 9–12)
Average per
class year
Member
schools
5A 1280 + 320 + 19
4A  640–1279 160–319 24
3A 320–639  80–159 21
2A 160–319 40–79 24
1A, Div. I  100–159 25–39 27
1A, Div. II   0–99  0–25 39
Total 156
District map

Historic classifications[edit]

Years 5A 4A  3A  2A 1A (I) 1A (II)
2008– 5A 4A 3A 2A 1A (I) 1A (II)
2001–2008 5A 4A 3A 2A 1A (FB: I, II)
2000–2001 A-1 (I) A-1 (II) A-2 A-3 A-4
1984–2000 A-1 (FB: I, II) A-2 A-3 A-4
1963–1984 A-1 A-2 A-3 A-4
1957–1963 AAA AA A
1937–1957 A B
1917–1937 single classification
  • A-1 was divided into two divisions for football in fall 1984, all sports in fall 2000 [4]
  • 1A was two divisions for football only; two divisions for volleyball and basketball in fall 2008.

Districts[edit]

  • I - North
  • II - North-Central
  • III - Southwest
  • IV - South-Central
  • V - Southeast
  • VI - East (northeast)

The six districts correspond to those used by the state's transportation department.[5]

5A Conferences[edit]

Idaho population density map.

High Country Conference (5A) - (east)

Inland Empire League (5A) - (north)

Southern Idaho Conference (5A) - (southwest)

Currently District III only, the Southern Idaho Conference (SIC)
formerly included teams from Districts IV, V, and VI.[6][7][8][9][10]

4A Conferences[edit]

Elevation map of Idaho

Great Basin (East) Conference - (southeast)

Great Basin (West) Conference - (south central)

Inland Empire League (4A) - (north)

Southern Idaho Conference (4A) - (southwest)

3A Conferences[edit]

Intermountain League - (north)

Mountain Rivers Conference - (east)

Sawtooth Central Conference - (south central)

Snake River Valley Conference - (southwest)

Southeastern Idaho Conference - (southeast)

2A Conferences[edit]

Canyon Conference - (south central)

Central Idaho League - (north central)

Nuclear Conference - (east)

Southeastern Idaho Conference - (southeast)

Western Idaho Conference - (southwest)

1A Conferences[edit]

Long Pin Conference - (southwest)

Magic Valley Conference - (south central)

North Side Conference - (south central)


North Star Conference - (north)

Rocky Mountain Conference - (central)

Western Idaho Conference - (southwest)


White Pine League - (north central)

Neighboring states[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IHSAA". IHSAA. Retrieved February 1, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Class figures, 2012–14". IHSAA. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ "General alignment". IHSAA. June 20, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ "State's A-1 schools to split". Spokesman-Review. September 23, 1999. p. C6. 
  5. ^ "Board of Directors". Idaho Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Burley withdraws from Southern Idaho Conference". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. November 26, 1938. p. 9. 
  7. ^ Emerson, Paul (July 21, 1973). "Chances slim SIC will accept Bengals". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 15. 
  8. ^ "Plan for A-1 football playoffs recommended". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. November 22, 1978. p. 1B. 
  9. ^ "SIC disbands; Boise schools look north". Lewiston Morning Tribune. November 15, 1979. p. 1B. 
  10. ^ "New prep league formed". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. November 21, 1979. p. 3C. 

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