Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association

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The Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (M.I.A.A.) is a boys' sports conference for private high schools generally located in the Baltimore metropolitan area but extending to various other regions, including the state's mostly rural Eastern Shore. The M.I.A.A. has 27 member schools and offers competition in 17 sports. In most sports, it offers multiple levels of competition, including Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Freshmen-Sophomore teams, and the conference is broken down by separate leagues in each. In addition, members are sorted in accordance to continual performance; categories include 'A', 'B', or 'C' Conferences. Teams of the Association (League) may move up or down according to their performance spanning over the course of a year or so to maintain the competition at appropriate levels. Such levels vary for each sport; a school with a "B-Conference" lacrosse team can have an "A-Conference" soccer team: it all depends on the athletic performance of that particular sport.

Seven members of the M.I.A.A. (along with non-MIAA member St. Maria Goretti) also form the Baltimore Catholic League in boys basketball. In addition, many of the same schools compete in the simultaneously organized, all-female "Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland" in various girls' sports, together with the all-female schools of the same region.

History[edit]

Formed in 1994, the M.I.A.A., was the successor organization to for boys to the former "Maryland Scholastic Association", formed in 1919, through the leadership of Dr. Phillip H. Edwards, then a coach and later Principal of the Baltimore City College high school (third oldest public high school in America - Founded 1839) and joined later in a formation meeting by several other prominent principals, coaches and athletic directors in that World War I era. The M.S.A., which was composed of the competing public high schools of the City of Baltimore in the Baltimore City Public Schools along with the various Roman Catholic (archdiocesan and various religious orders) and other religious schools (from other denominations and traditions), along with independent private schools with a secular background in the entire Baltimore metropolitan area, composed of Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Harford County, Carroll County, and Howard County. Occasionally exhibition games would be played with public and private schools from other counties in Maryland as they were founded, such as Frederick County along with the Washington, D.C. suburbs of the Montgomery and Prince George's Counties and the separate athletic league in the District of Columbia. It was inspired by the hope that all economic classes, educational backgrounds and religious traditions would be able to compete together on the field, in the arena or stadium or in the pool. For over eighty years that Association realized and grew with those hopes and philosophies. In 1956, two years after the "Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas" Supreme Court decision (which resulted in the immediate integration of Baltimore City's schools that Fall of 1954), racial integration in the old M.S.A. occurred by including the several formerly "colored" schools in Baltimore City (Frederick Douglass High School (Baltimore, Maryland)|Frederick Douglass High School]] and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Baltimore, Maryland)|Paul Laurence Dunbar Community High School) with very little problems and controversy because of the prominent progressive mature leadership exerted by the schoolmasters, principals, athletic directors and coaches and finally student athletes in the old M.S.A. This League was organized just as its later successor Association would be unlike the competing state-wide Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (M.P.S.S.A.A.) which ranks its member schools' teams on the basis of the population of boys and girls in each schools student body. Rather the MSA allowed for those schools which had a "track record" and tradition that outweighed the size of its student body and ranked or classified them according to "power". Conferences were set up as 'A', 'B', and 'C' Conference with occasional yearly movement between levels of play, adjusted at the request of the School. So schools like Dunbar and later Lake Clifton were in the 'A' Conference for basketball, even though their numbers of students were smaller than some other schools. City College, Polytechnic Institute, Edmondson High, Calvert Hall and Loyola High were always ranked in the 'A' Conference for football, while Mount St. Joseph's and Gilman were powerhouses in wrestling, Loyola and Calvert Hall dominated the swimming 'A' Conference as Patterson High, Southern High and City College were always fielding winning teams in soccer. City, Edmondson, and Northern High were successful in track and field while the ones to beat in baseball were Archbishop Curley, Cardinal Gibbons, Patterson High, etc. Championships were rewarded by presentations of polished mohagany wooden plaques with round bronze medallions mounted on them with engraved plates. Later, framed certificates with beautiful script calligraphy, listing the team members were awarded. Some schools' trophy rooms, galleries and glass display cases (such as at Poly, City, Calvert Hall and Loyola) are filled with dozens of these impressive momentoes to almost three-quarters of a century of long-ago athletic competition. The highlighted feature of the MSA and the Baltimore area's sports scene were the championships covered heavily by the three local newspapers, radio stations and then four TV stations sports announcers. Special attention was paid with the Thanksgiving Day "double-header" at old Memorial Stadium, re-constructed 1950 on 33rd Street, where the Colts and Orioles played, (with its' earlier version "Municipal Stadium", built 1922, with a Greek/Roman columnade across the front). Here was played the annual "Calvert Hall-Loyola Game" match-up of Catholic schools at usually 10 am and the afternoon "City-Poly Game" of public high schools at 2 pm, each attracting media and TV/radio coverage plus sometimes as much as 30,000 people in attendance, especially in the pre-"Super Bowl" days. City-Poly's series rivalry is among the oldest among any public high schools, private schools, colleges or universities in the nation, dating back to 1889, with "Calvert Hall-Loyola" following from its roots around 1920

Sports[edit]

"FALL"

  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

"WINTER"

  • Basketball
  • Ice Hockey
  • Indoor Track
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Wrestling

"SPRING"

  • Baseball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field

Member schools[edit]

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