Alabama High School Athletic Association
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|Type||501(c)(3) - Tax Exemption|
|Headquarters||7325 Halcyon Summit Dr.
Montgomery, AL 36117
|401 senior high schools;
287 junior high schools
|Affiliations||National Federation of State High School Associations|
The AHSAA is a member National Federation of State High School Associations since 1924.
The AHSAA merged with the Alabama Interscholastic Athletic Association in 1968, forming one high school athletic association for the State of Alabama in accordance with a court order relating to athletics. The AIAA had previously governed athletics at segregated African-American schools.
The AHSAA sponsors state championships programs in 12 boys and 12 girls sports: Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Football, Cross Country, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling, and Indoor Track.
While the AHSAA is the primary sanctioning organization for high school sports in Alabama (and the only one allowed for public schools), it is not the only such organization. The Alabama Independent School Association sanctions athletics for approximately 40 private schools throughout the state. Other smaller organizations, such as the Alabama Christian Sports Conference and the Alabama Christian Athletic and Academic Association, sanction sports from smaller Christian schools and home schools, particularly in eight-man football.
The current executive director is Steve Savarese.
The AHSAA sponsors state championship events in various locations across the state of Alabama. Currently, championships are held in the following locations:
- Football ("Super 7") alternates between Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (odd-numbered years) and Jordan–Hare Stadium in Auburn (even-numbered years)
- Basketball - Legacy Arena, Birmingham
- Baseball - Paterson Field & Riverwalk Stadium, Montgomery
- Cross Country - Oakville Indian Mounds, Lawrence County
- Indoor Track and Field - Birmingham Crossplex, Birmingham
- Softball - Lagoon Park, Montgomery
- Soccer - John Hunt Park, Huntsville
- Swimming - Auburn University, Auburn
- Tennis - Decatur, Mobile, and Montgomery
- Outdoor Track and Field - Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham and Gulf Shores
- Volleyball - Birmingham Crossplex, Birmingham
- Wrestling - Von Braun Center, Huntsville
- Cheerleading - Wallace State Community College, Hanceville
The AHSAA was founded in 1921. Charter member schools were:
- Baldwin County
- Barton Academy
- Bessemer City
- Bibb County
- Chambers County
- Charles Henderson
- Chilton County
- Colbert County
- Conecuh County
- Elmore County
- Escambia County
- Fayette County
- Geneva County
- Highland Home
- Lamar County
- Lauderdale County
- Lowndes County
- Marengo County
- Marion County
- Monroe County
- Mortimer Jordan
- Palmetto School
- Pell City
- Phillips (Birmingham)
- Pickens County
- Pike Road
- Shelby County
- Sidney Lanier
- Spring Hill
- St. Clair County
- Winston County
(Italicized schools indicate schools which have closed or are no longer members of the AHSAA.)
- Alabama Independent School Association 2011-2012 Directory, retrieved November 18, 2011.
- "Seventy-Eight High Schools Are Admitted to State Organization. Alabama High School Athletic Association Organized at Birmingham", Montgomery Advertiser, April 16, 1922.