Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association

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Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association
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Abbreviation MPSSAA
Formation 1946
Type Volunteer; NPO
Legal status Association
Purpose Athletic/Educational
Headquarters 200 West Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Region served Maryland
Membership 195 high schools
Official language English
Executive Director Edward F. Sparks
Affiliations National Federation of State High School Associations
Staff 5
Website mpssaa.org
Remarks Fax: (410) 333-3111

Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA), is the association that oversees public high school sporting contests in the state of Maryland.[1] Organized in 1946, the MPSSAA is made up of public high schools from each of Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City, which joined the association in 1993 when its public high schools withdrew from the Maryland Scholastic Association.

The MPSSAA includes nearly 200 public high schools, with more than 110,000 student-athletes participating in 24 sports. The Maryland State Board of Education establishes the rules and regulations governing Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association athletic programs and functions under the Division of Instruction of the State Department of Education. All qualified public high schools in Maryland who qualify under rules and regulations may become members of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

The purpose of the Association is to promote, direct, and control all interscholastic activities of high school students; to establish, maintain, and enforce regulations to assure that all such activities are part of and contribute toward the comprehensive educational program of the state of Maryland; to work with the state department of education in the development of the program to safeguard the physical, mental, and moral welfare of high school students and protect them from exploitation.[2]

Administration[edit]

2013-2014 MPSSAA Officers[edit]

Position Name
President Earl Hawkins
Past-President William Beattie
President-Elect Kimberly N. Dolch
Executive Director Edward F. Sparks

Past Presidents[edit]

1947-48....................William Brish
1949-50....................William Brish
1950-51............George Carrington
1951-52............George Carrington
1952-53 ..................Arthur Ramey
1953-54 ......................Ellery Ward
1954-55..............Crescent J. Bride
1955-56 ............Stephan A. Lerda
1956-57................Edward Semler
1957-58 ..............Charles Hudson
1958-59..............Warren R. Evans
1959-60 ..............Robert E. Pence
1960-61 ..............Charles R. Berry
1961-62....Vincent C. Holochwost
1962-63........William J. Callaghan
1963-64..G. Wayne Burgemeister
1964-65..........William E. Dykes Jr.
1965-66......................Jack Willard
1966-67..................Edward Finzel
1967-68..............Harold S. Martin
1968-69..............Crescent J. Bride
1969-70................Warren Squires
1970-71....................Marvin C. Joy
1971-72..........John E. Molesworth
1972-73 ................Robert Melville
1973-74......................Albert Cesky
1974-76 ........................Earl Hersh
1976-78..............Robert M. Foster
1978-80............Mildred H. Murray
1980-82 ..............Robert E. Pence
1982-84..........................Jim Heins
1984-86........................Roy Comer
1986-88............Clarence Johnson
1988-90..................W. Cecil Short
1990-92....................Chuck Brown
1992-94 ..................Patricia Barry
1994-96 ............Ronald J. Belinko
1996-98..............Donald E. Cooke
1998-00..............Mary Etta Reedy
2000-02 ..................Marlene Kelly
2002-04................Robert P. Wade
2004-06..........................Jay Berno
2006-08........................David Byrd
2008-10..................Andrew Roper
2010-12................William Beattie

Member High Schools[edit]

Due to the state's unique geography, Maryland high school athletics is divided into nine districts by the MPSSAA for purposes of organizing athletic activities and postseason tournaments. MPSSAA member schools compete within geographic regions (jurisdictions) and are divided into leagues across the state. In total, there are five conferences and six counties competing together to form a league, but remaining independent.

Classifications[edit]

The MPSSAA's 197 member schools are arranged by classification to ensure that schools compete on a regular basis with other schools in the geographic area of a similar size. The classifications are 4A (the largest), 3A, 2A, and 1A (the smallest).

  • 4A = Top 25 percent based on enrollment
  • 3A = Next 25 percent based on enrollment
  • 2A = Next 25 percent based on enrollment
  • 1A = Lowest 25 percent based on enrollment

District Alignment[edit]

  • District 1 – Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, and Washington counties
  • District 2 – Montgomery County
  • District 3 – Prince George's County
  • District 4 – Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary's counties
  • District 5 – Anne Arundel and Howard counties
  • District 6 – Baltimore County
  • District 7 – Cecil and Harford counties
  • District 8 – Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester counties
  • District 9 – Baltimore City

Conferences[edit]

Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference[edit]

Allegany Garrett
Allegany High School Northern Garrett High School
Mountain Ridge High School Southern Garrett High School
Fort Hill High School

Bayside Conference[edit]

Caroline Dorchester Kent Queen Anne's Somerset Talbot Wicomico Worcester
Colonel Richardson High School Cambridge-South Dorchester High School Kent County High School Kent Island High School Crisfield High School Easton High School James M. Bennett High School Pocomoke High School
North Caroline High School North Dorchester High School Queen Anne's County High School Washington High School St. Michaels High School Mardela High School Snow Hill High School
Parkside High School Stephen Decatur High School
Wicomico High School

Monocacy Valley Athletic League[edit]

Carroll Frederick Washington
Century High School Brunswick High School Boonsboro High School
Francis Scott Key High School Catoctin High School Clear Spring High School
Liberty High School Frederick High School Hancock High School
Manchester Valley High School Governor Thomas Johnson High School North Hagerstown High School
North Carroll High School Linganore High School Smithsburg High School
South Carroll High School Middletown High School South Hagerstown High School
Westminster Senior High School Oakdale High School Williamsport High School
Winters Mill High School Tuscarora High School
Urbana High School
Walkersville High School

Southern Maryland Athletic Conference[edit]

Calvert Charles St. Mary's
Huntingtown High School Henry E. Lackey High School Chopticon High School
Northern High School La Plata High School Great Mills High School
Calvert High School Maurice J. McDonough High School Leonardtown High School
Patuxent High School North Point High School
Thomas Stone High School
Westlake High School

Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference[edit]

Cecil Harford
Elkton High School Aberdeen High School
North East High School Bel Air High School
Perryville High School C. Milton Wright High School
Rising Sun High School Edgewood High School
Fallston High School
Harford Technical High School
Havre De Grace High School
Joppatowne High School
North Harford High School
Patterson Mill High School

Independents[edit]

Anne Arundel County League[edit]

Baltimore City League[edit]

Member schools City and Poly clash at M&T Bank Stadium, in Baltimore, November 2007.

Baltimore County League[edit]

Howard County League[edit]

River Hill's girls compete for a Class 2A girls' basketball state championship in 2009 at UMBC's Retriever Activities Center in Catonsville.

Montgomery County League[edit]

Prince George's (PG) County League[edit]

Out-of-state teams[edit]

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Recent Champions (since 1993)[edit]

The following member schools have won state championships since the MPSSAA expanded in 1993:

Boys Basketball Champions[edit]

Since 1993, Baltimore City League members have won a combined 35 MPSSAA state boys basketball titles. During that time, Prince George's County ranks second among all MPSSAA leagues with 17 state championships. Baltimore County teams have won 10 titles, while Montgomery County League teams have won nine. Teams from the Eastern Shore have won eight state titles over the last 22 seasons, most in the 1A classification. MVAC members have earned three state title wins. Howard County and UCBAC teams boast two state championships each since 1993. The SMAC and Western Maryland-based Allegany have won the final two of the 88 state titles earners in the four classifications over the last 22 seasons. The Anne Arundel County League hasn't won a boys basketball state title since 1990.

Team State titles Years won (since 1993)
Dunbar 15 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Randallstown 5 1995, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007
Lake Clifton

Milford Mill

4 1995, 1999, 2009, 2012

1994, 2010, 2011, 2013

City College

Friendly

Springbrook

T. Johnson

3 2009, 2010, 2014

1998, 2003, 2004

2008, 2009, 2010

1997, 1999, 2004

Northwestern

Potomac

2 1997, 1999

2005, 2014

Aberdeen

Allegany

Cambridge/SD

Central

DuVal

Forestville

Surrattsville

1 2000

1996

1993

1996

1994

1995

1997

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