North Carolina High School Athletic Association

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North Carolina High School Athletic Association
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Abbreviation NCHSAA
Legal status Association
Purpose Athletic/Educational
Headquarters 222 Finley Golf Course Rd.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27515
Region served
North Carolina
Official language
Affiliations National Federation of State High School Associations

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) is the governing organization of high school athletics in North Carolina, United States. The association maintains the official rule books and governs the officiating standards across the state.[1]

The NCHSAA organizes member schools into conferences and oversees the state championships for each of the sanctioned sports. The NCHSAA headquarters is located at 222 Finley Golf Course Road, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The mailing address for the NCHSAA is PO Box 3216, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27515.


The NCHSAA was founded in 1913 by Dr. Louis Round Wilson, a professor at the University of North Carolina. The University served as the primary source of funding and leadership for the Association from 1913 through 1947 before the organization adopted its current model, which provides school administrators with direct influence through the presence of the NCHSAA Board of Directors. The NCHSAA remained affiliated with UNC until 2010 when it became an independent organization.

The first state playoffs were held in the Association's inaugural year in both football and track. Baseball (1914), Basketball (1915), and Tennis (1916) were added over the next three athletic seasons, and the organization has sponsored 16 different sports throughout its history, including: Soccer (1927), Wrestling (1938), Golf (1938), Swimming (1950), Cross Country (1956), Slow-Pitch Softball (1975), Volleyball (1976), Indoor Track (1987), Fast-Pitch Softball (1994) and Lacrosse (2010). Women's athletics were introduced in 1969, and there are currently 13 sports offered for men and 10 for women.[2]


The high schools in the state are organized into four classifications by the size of the student population, identified by 1A, 2A, 3A, & 4A classifications. 4A is made up of the largest schools. The schools are split so that approximately 25% of the schools are in each classification. The classifications are reordered every four years based on updated student population numbers.

Team sports have a separate state championship competition and title for each of the classifications. The only exceptions are cases in which the 1A & 2A classifications are combined, or in football, where each classification is separated into a single "A" and double "A" (AA) classification, with the double "A" classification being made up of larger schools than the single "A".

Each classification has a number of conferences for local play. Some conferences have teams from two different classifications.


NCHSAA sanctions the following sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling.

Many North Carolina schools, particularly in urbanized areas, have programs in field hockey and gymnastics, but these sports are currently not sanctioned by the NCHSAA.


These are the conference alignments starting with the 2017-2018 school year. With minor adjustments to accommodate new schools, these alignments will remain through the 2020-2021 school year.[3]








The NCHSAA Player of the Year Awards are awarded annually to the best male and female high school athletes in North Carolina:[4]

Year Male Female
1985–86 Patrick Lennon, Whiteville HS Pam Doggett, Dudley HS
1986–87 Robert Siler, Jordan-Matthews HS Andrea Stinson, North Mecklenburg HS
1987–88 Chester McGlockton, Whiteville HS LeAnn Kennedy, Trinity HS
1988–89 Ethan Albright, Grimsley HS Danyel Parker, Clinton HS
1989–90 David Inman, Terry Sanford HS Karen Davis, Forbush HS
1990–91 Mike Kendall, Albermarle HS Christy Cagel, Hayesville HS
1991–92 Rusty LaRue, Northwest Guilford HS Wendy Palmer, Person County HS
1992–93 Tyrone Westmoreland, South Iredell HS Holly Hill, Southwest Randolph HS
1993–94 Brian Roseboro, T.W. Andrews HS Jamie Parsons, Millbrook HS
1994–95 Na Brown, Reidsville HS Aedrin Murray, Chatham Central HS
1995–96 Titcus Pettigrew, West Forsyth HS Shea Ralph, Terry Sanford HS
1996–97 Tyrell Godwin, East Bladen HS Jackie Houston, Kings Mountain HS
1997–98 Julius Peppers, Southern Nash HS Clifeteana McKiver, East Duplin HS
1998–99 Nick Maddox, A.L. Brown HS Anna Tharrington, Southern Nash HS
1999–2000 Manny DeShauteurs, Brevard HS Courtney Willis, Terry Sanford HS
2000–01 Derrele Mitchell, R.J. Reynolds HS Molly Pyles, Hendersonville HS
2001–02 A.J. Davis, Northern Davis HS Katrelle Armwood, Durham School of the Arts
2002–03 Drew Williamson, Cummings HS Anna Evans, Lumberton HS
2003–04 Jim Ollis, Polk County HS Eva Baucom, Forest Hills HS
2004–05 Terrell Hudgins, Rocky Mount HS Jesse Sims, West Henderson HS
2005–06 Andres Arroyo, North Mecklenberg HS Megan Zullo, Farmville Central
2006–07 Dee Bost, Concord Gabby Mayo, Southeast Raleigh
2007–08 E.J. Abrams-Ward, Thomasville Janetta Robinson, Pender
2008–09 Tyler Shatley, East Burke Ali Ford, Freedom
2009–10 Kareem Martin, Roanoke Rapids Leah Mackley, Pender
2010–11 Romar Morris, Shelby Courtney Melvin, East Bladen
2011–12 Tevin Hester, Granville Central Lindsay Page Simpson, Franklin
2012–13 TJ Logan, Northern Guilford Hailey Cook, Hendersonville
2013–14 Marquavious Johnson, Knightdale Blake Dodge, West Carteret

Hall of fame[edit]

The North Carolina High School Sports Hall of Fame is the hall of fame for high school athletics in North Carolina. It is administered by the NCHSAA and includes coaches, officials, broadcasters and others who have supported high school athletics in the state. The hall was created in 1987 with Bob Jamieson of Greensboro, Leon Brogden of Wilmington, and Dave Harris of Charlotte as charter members.[5]

As of 2012, 125 members have been inducted.


  1. ^ "NCHSAA Conferences". Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "NCHSAA History". Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  3. ^ 2017 Conferences
  4. ^ "NCHSAA Athletes Of The Year". NCHSAA. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ [1]

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