The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) is the governing body for girls' junior and senior high school sports in the U.S. state of Iowa. The association promotes and regulates interscholastic sports among its member schools. Though its counterpart for boys sports in Iowa, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, is a full-time member of the National Federation of State High School Associations, the IGHSAU is only an affiliate member. It is headquartered at 5000 Westown Parkway, Suite 150,West Des Moines, Iowa 50266.

Sports currently overseen by the IGHSAU are basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, track and field, tennis, and volleyball.[1]

Sports previously overseen by the IGHSAU were gymnastics, synchronized swimming, and indoor track and field.


Classification guidelinesEdit

For 2011-2012, the 48 largest schools are in 4A, the next 64 in 3A, the next 128 in 2A, and the rest (130) in 1A.
From 2012–present: 5 Classes: Top 40=5A, 2nd tier of 48=4A, 3rd tier of 64=3A, 4th tier of 96=2A, the rest=1A.

State ChampionsEdit

From 1920 until 1984, there was one tournament for teams with 6 players.

IGHSAU State Basketball Champions[2]
Year 6-Player
1920 Correctionville
1921 Audubon
1922 Audubon
1923 Audubon
1924 Audubon
1925 (tie) Aplington; Ida Grove
1926 Hampton
1927 Newhall
1928 Ida Grove
1929 Ida Grove
1930 Perry
1931 Avoca
1932 Parkersburg
1933 Hampton
1934 Wellsburg
1935 Centerville
1936 Centerville
1937 Guthrie Center
1938 West Bend
1939 West Bend
1940 Hansell
1941 Numa
1942 Clutier
1943 Steamboat Rock
1944 Wiota
1945 Wiota
1946 Coon Rapids
1947 Seymour
1948 Kamrar
1949 Wellsburg
1950 Slater
1951 Hansell
1952 Reinbeck
1953 Garnavillo
1954 Garnavillo
1955 Goldfield
1956 Maynard
1957 Garrison
1958 West Central (Maynard)
1959 Gladbrook
1960 Gladbrook
1961 Valley (Elgin)
1962 Van Horne
1963 Guthrie Center
1964 West Monona
1965 South Hamilton
1966 Everly
1967 Mediapolis
1968 Union-Whitten
1969 Montezuma
1970 Montezuma
1971 Farragut
1972 Roland-Story
1973 Mediapolis
1974 Manilla
1975 Lake View-Auburn
1976 Lake View-Auburn
1977 Southeast Polk
1978 Ankeny
1979 Des Moines East
1980 Ankeny
1981 Norwalk
1982 Estherville
1983 Fairfield
1984 Vinton

From 1985-1993, there was a tournament for 5-player teams and one for 6-player teams.

Year 6-Player 5-Player
1985 Fort Dodge Linn-Mar
1986 Sibley-Ocheyedan Marshalltown
1987 Ventura Western Dubuque
1988 Dike Cedar Rapids Washington
1989 Ankeny Muscatine
1990 Atlantic Waterloo Columbus
1991 Emmetsburg Cedar Falls
1992 Osage WDM Dowling
1993 Hubbard-Radcliffe Cedar Rapids Jefferson

From 1994-2012, there were 4 classes, all with 5 players

Year 1A 2A 3A 4A
1994 Treynor Solon Central DeWitt Bettendorf
1995 Winfield-Mt. Union Center Point-Urbana Vinton-Shellsburg Cedar Rapids Washington
1996 Winfield-Mt. Union Sibley-Ocheyedan Carroll WDM Dowling
1997 Lynnville-Sully Solon Carroll Ankeny
1998 Lynnville-Sully Solon Carroll Kuemper WDM Dowling
1999 Lynnville-Sully Audubon Washington Ankeny
2000 Preston North Cedar Washington WDM Dowling
2001 Preston Rock Valley Washington Cedar Falls
2002 Rock Valley Mid-Prairie Perry Ankeny
2003 Rock Valley Underwood Cedar Rapids Xavier Ankeny
2004 Rockwell City-Lytton Underwood Waukon Ankeny
2005 Charter Oak-Ute Grundy Center Cedar Rapids Xavier Ankeny
2006 IKM North Butler Norwalk Des Moines Roosevelt
2007 Graettinger-Terril North Butler Cedar Rapids Xavier Sioux City North
2008 Springville Davenport Assumption Sioux City Bishop Heelan Iowa City
2009 AGWSR IKM-Manning Ballard Sioux City North
2010 Exira Mount Vernon Sioux City Bishop Heelan Linn-Mar
2011 Martensdale-St. Mary's OA-BCIG Davenport Assumption Des Moines East
2012 North Mahaska Western Christian Davenport Assumption Iowa City West

From 2013–present, there are 5 classes, all with 5 players

Year 1A 2A 3A 4A 5A
2013 Central Lyon Western Christian Davenport Assumption Cedar Rapids Xavier Southeast Polk
2014 Burlington Notre Dame Western Christian MOC–Floyd Valley Harlan Dowling Catholic
2015 Newell-Fonda Unity Christian Nevada Harlan Waukee
2016 Springville Unity Christian Pocahontas Area Mason City Ankeny Centennial
2017 Springville Western Christian Pocahontas Area North Scott West Des Moines Valley


Classification guidelinesEdit

From 2007–2014, 2 classes:

State ChampionsEdit

Year 1A 2A
2007 Red Oak Ottumwa
2008 Louisa-Muscatine Muscatine
2009 Keokuk Ottumwa
2010 Oelwein Muscatine
2011 Dubuque Wahlert Muscatine
2012 Keokuk Ottumwa
2013 Dubuque Wahlert Waterloo West
2014 Keokuk Waterloo West

From 2015–present, 3 classes:

Year 1A 2A 3A
2015 Camanche Keokuk Johnston
2016 Camanche Waterloo East Johnston
2017 Louisa-Muscatine Ottumwa Johnston


Classification guidelinesEdit

State ChampionsEdit

From 1998–2001, one class:

Year Champion
1998 Bettendorf
1999 Wahlert
2000 Wahlert
2001 Urbandale

From 2002–2010, 2 classes:

Year 1A 2A
2002 Assumption, Davenport Wahlert
2003 Assumption, Davenport Valley, West Des Moines
2004 Xavier Iowa City West
2005 Wahlert Valley, West Des Moines
2006 Xavier Valley, West Des Moines
2007 Xavier Valley, West Des Moines
2008 Xavier Valley, West Des Moines
2009 Xavier Cedar Rapids Kennedy
2010 Xavier Valley, West Des Moines

From 2011–present, 3 classes:

Year 1A 2A 3A
2011 Assumption, Davenport Xavier Ankeny
2012 Assumption, Davenport Xavier Cedar Rapids Kennedy
2013 Assumption, Davenport Xavier Ankeny
2014 Assumption, Davenport North Scott Cedar Rapids Kennedy
2015 Bishop Heelan Ankeny Iowa City West
2016 Assumption, Davenport Lewis Central Ankeny Centennial
2017 Assumption, Davenport Lewis Central Ames


Classification guidelinesEdit

State ChampionsEdit

From 1957–1987, one class, summer and fall seasons:

Year Summer champion Fall champion
1957 Cedar Valley Wheatland
1958 Argyle Cedar Valley
1959 Roland West Central, Maynard
1960 Battle Creek Roland
1961 Southeast Warren Roland
1962 Woden-Crystal Lake Southeast Warren
1963 Woden-Crystal Lake Southeast Warren
1964 Hubbard North, West Union
1965 Hubbard South Hamilton
1966 Benton Community South Hamilton
1967 Kingsley-Pierson Kingsley-Pierson
1968 Southeast Warren Kingsley-Pierson
1969 Wapsie Valley Wapsie Valley
1970 Roland-Story Central, Elkader
1971 Roland-Story Adel
1972 NESCO Roland-Story
1973 Clear Creek Clear Creek
1974 Dubuque Senior Clear Creek
1975 Clear Creek South Hamilton
1976 Ottumwa North Polk
1977 Urbandale Urbandale
1978 Ankeny Ankeny
1979 Ankeny Ankeny
1980 Ankeny Charles City
1981 Des Moines East Ankeny
1982 Des Moines Hoover Roland-Story
1983 Cedar Rapids Jefferson Turkey Valley
1984 Davenport West Ankeny
1985 Dubuque Senior Ankeny
1986 Davenport West Ankeny
1987 North Scott Urbandale

From 1988–1993, one class:

Year Champion
1988 Webster City
1989 Muscatine
1990 Valley, West Des Moines
1991 Ankeny
1992 Dowling Catholic
1993 North Scott

From 1994–2003, 3 classes:

Year 1A 2A 3A
1994 Lisbon Carlisle Ankeny
1995 Lisbon Clarke Ottumwa
1996 Lisbon Carlisle Ankeny
1997 Clear Creek-Amana Carlisle Cedar Rapids Jefferson
1998 Woodward-Granger Benton Community Cedar Rapids Jefferson
1999 Alburnett Waukee Des Moines Lincoln
2000 North Polk Waukee Muscatine
2001 Colfax-Mingo Webster City Des Moines Lincoln
2002 Woodbury Central Clear Creek-Amana North Scott
2003 Cardinal Solon Valley, West Des Moines

From 2004–2011, 4 classes:

Year 1A 2A 3A 4A
2004 Cardinal Clear Creek-Amana Spirit Lake Dowling Catholic
2005 Alburnett Akron-Westfield Norwalk Valley, West Des Moines
2006 Akron-Westfield North Polk Clear Creek-Amana Des Moines East
2007 Highland Solon West Delaware Valley, West Des Moines
2008 Newell-Fonda North Polk Winterset Valley, West Des Moines
2009 Earlham BCLUW Clear Creek-Amana Johnston
2010 Akron-Westfield BCLUW Carlisle Valley, West Des Moines
2011 Akron-Westfield Regina Clear Creek-Amana Des Moines East

From 2012–present, 5 classes:

Year 1A 2A 3A 4A 5A
2012 Martensdale-St. Marys Treynor Ballard Indianola Ankeny
2013 Akron-Westfield Durant Bondurant-Farrar Dallas Center-Grimes Dowling Catholic
2014 Akron-Westfield Earlham Clarke Dallas Center-Grimes Johnston
2015 AGWSR Iowa City Regina Solon Dallas Center-Grimes Waukee
2016 Kee Van Meter Benton Oskaloosa Johnston


Classification guidelinesEdit

State ChampionsEdit

IGHSAU Tennis Team Champions[1]
Year 1A champion 2A champion
1983 Dubuque Wahlert
1984 Waterloo Columbus
1985 Waterloo Columbus
1986 Waterloo Columbus
1987 Cedar Rapids Washington
1988 Waterloo Columbus
1989 Waterloo Columbus
1990 Cedar Rapids Jefferson
1991 Dubuque Wahlert
1992 Waterloo Columbus
1993 West Des Moines Valley
1994 Decorah West Des Moines Valley
1995 Waterloo Columbus Bettendorf
1996 Souix City Heelan Bettendorf
1997 Camanche Bettendorf
1998 Decorah Bettendorf
1999 Decorah Bettendorf
2000 Decorah Bettendorf
2001 Waterloo Columbus West Des Moines Valley
2002 Waterloo Columbus Urbandale
2003 Decorah Bettendorf
2004 Waterloo Columbus Iowa City West
2005 Waterloo Columbus Iowa City West
2006 Waterloo Columbus Iowa City West
2007 Waterloo Columbus Cedar Rapids Kennedy
2008 Camanche Boone
2009 Dubuque Wahlert Ames
2010 Camanche Ames
2011 Waterloo Columbus Ames
2012 Camanche Ames
2013 Waterloo Columbus Clinton
2014 Waterloo Columbus Cedar Rapids Washington
2015 Waterloo Columbus Des Moines Roosevelt
2016 Waterloo Columbus Cedar Rapids Prairie
2017 Waterloo Columbus Pleasant Valley


Classification guidelinesEdit

For 2011–2012, the 48 largest schools were in 4A, the next 64 in 3A, the next 128 in 2A, and the rest in 1A.
From 2012–present: 5 Classes: Top 40=5A, 2nd tier of 48=4A, 3rd tier of 64=3A, 4th tier of 96=2A, the rest=1A.

State ChampionsEdit

From 1970–1973, one class, winter season play only:

Year Champion
1970 Davenport West
1971 Fort Dodge
1972 Carroll
1973 Mason City

From 1973–1980, one class:

Year Champion
1973 Dubuque Senior
1974 Wahlert
1975 Dubuque Hempstead
1976 Wahlert
1977 Wahlert
1978 Wahlert
1979 Cedar Rapids Kennedy
1980 Dubuque Senior

From 1981–1993, 2 classes:

Year 1A 2A
1981 Mater Dei Davenport Central
1982 Mater Dei Sioux City North
1983 Mater Dei Dubuque Senior
1984 Mount Vernon Fort Dodge
1985 Dike North Scott
1986 Dike Wahlert
1987 Dike Wahlert
1988 Dike Davenport North
1989 Dike Western Christian
1990 Unity Christian Wahlert
1991 Marquette, West Point Wahlert
1992 Lincoln, Stanwood Wahlert
1993 Unity Christian Western Christian

From 1994–2002, 3 classes:

Year 1A 2A 3A
1994 Dike-New Hartford Western Christian Marshalltown
1995 Eldora-New Providence Western Christian Wahlert
1996 Marquette, West Point Unity Christian Wahlert
1997 Dike-New Hartford Unity Christian Davenport North
1998 Eldora-New Providence Western Christian Iowa City High
1999 Tripoli Iowa Falls Bishop Heelan Catholic
2000 Tripoli Unity Christian Wahlert
2001 Tripoli Western Christian Wahlert
2002 Grandview Park Baptist Western Christian Wahlert

From 2003–2011, 4 classes:

Year 1A 2A 3A 4A
2003 Tripoli Western Christian Wahlert Dubuque Hempstead
2004 Tripoli Western Christian Wahlert Ankeny
2005 Tripoli Aplington-Parkersburg Wahlert Ankeny
2006 Wapsie Valley Western Christian Bishop Heelan Catholic Iowa City High
2007 Wapsie Valley Western Christian Bishop Heelan Catholic Johnston
2008 Tripoli Western Christian Marion Ankeny
2009 Tripoli Mount Vernon Waverly-Shell Rock Ankeny
2010 Tripoli Western Christian Mount Vernon Iowa City West
2011 Tripoli Dike-New Hartford Waverly-Shell Rock Iowa City West

From 2012–present, 5 classes: Top 40=5A, 2nd tier of 48=4A, 3rd tier of 64=3A, 4th tier of 96=2A, the rest=1A.

Year 1A 2A 3A 4A 5A
2012 Tripoli Dike-New Hartford MOC-Floyd Valley Charles City Bettendorf
2013 Janesville Dike-New Hartford MOC-Floyd Valley Harlan Bettendorf
2014 Holy Trinity Catholic Dike-New Hartford Solon Harlan Ankeny Centennial
2015 Janesville Western Christian Nevada West Delaware Ankeny Centennial
2016 Janesville Western Christian Dike-New Hartford Dubuque Wahlert Ankeny Centennial
2017 Janesville Dike-New Hartford Columbus Catholic Dubuque Wahlert[3] Cedar Falls

Defunct sportsEdit

Three sports were previously overseen by the IGHSAU. These three sports were: gymnastics, synchronized swimming, and indoor track and field.


Classification guidelinesEdit

Gymnastics was an IGHSAU sponsored sport from 1968–1988.

State ChampionsEdit

From 1968–1988, one class:

Year Champion
1968 Sioux City Central
1969 Cedar Rapids Washington
1970 Cedar Rapids Washington
1971 Ames; Des Moines Roosevelt
1972 Des Moines Roosevelt
1973 Des Moines Roosevelt
1974 Des Moines Roosevelt
1975 Des Moines Roosevelt
1976 Cedar Rapids Washington
1977 Cedar Rapids Washington
1978 Ames
1979 Cedar Rapids Washington
1980 Clinton
1981 Clinton
1982 Clinton
1983 Linn-Mar
1984 Clinton
1985 Linn-Mar
1986 Linn-Mar
1987 Clinton
1988 Linn-Mar

Synchronized SwimmingEdit

Classification guidelinesEdit

Synchronized Swimming was an IGHSAU sponsored sport from 1970–1981.

State ChampionsEdit

From 1970–1981, one class:

Year Champion
1970 Davenport West
1971 Davenport Central
1972 Davenport Central
1973 Davenport Central
1974 Davenport Central
1975 Davenport Central
1976 Davenport Central
1977 Davenport Central
1978 Davenport Central
1979 Valley, West Des Moines
1980 Valley, West Des Moines
1981 Valley, West Des Moines

Indoor Track & FieldEdit

Classification guidelinesEdit

Indoor Track & Field was an IGHSAU sponsored sport from 1965–1997.

State ChampionsEdit

From 1965–1997, one class:

Year Champion
1965 Belle Plaine
1966 Belle Plaine
1967 Rolfe
1968 Adel
1969 Manilla
1970 B-G-M
1971 Manilla
1972 Collins; Manilla
1973 Hampton
1974 Collins
1975 Woodbine
1976 Woodbine
1977 Indianola
1978 Tri-County
1979 Indianola
1980 Indianola
1981 Cedar Rapids Jefferson
1982 Davenport West
1983 Pleasant Valley
1984 Pleasant Valley
1985 Pleasant Valley
1986 Pleasant Valley
1987 Camanche
1988 Camanche
1989 Ames
1990 Ames
1991 Pleasant Valley
1992 Pleasant Valley
1993 Indianola
1994 Indianola
1995 Cedar Falls; Indianola
1996 Davenport North; CR Prairie; Ankeny
1997 Pleasant Valley

IGHSAU Executive DirectorsEdit

Term span Name
1947–54 R.H. (Rod) Chisholm
1954–2002 Dr. E. Wayne Cooley
2002–08 Troy Dannen
2008–16 Mike Dick
2016–present Jean Berger


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