North Dakota High School Activities Association
Legal statusAssociation
Headquarters350 2nd ST NW
Valley City, North Dakota 58072 USA
Region servedNorth Dakota
Membership171 high schools
Executive DirectorMatthew Fetsch
AffiliationsNational Federation of State High School Associations
Remarks(701) 845-3953

The North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA) is the governing body for the U.S. state of North Dakota's high-school athletics and fine arts. The current executive director of the NDHSAA is Matthew Fetsch and the headquarters are located in Valley City, North Dakota.

History[edit | edit source]

In the fall of 1907 Superintendent G.W. Hanna of Valley City and invited representatives of a few other schools to a meeting in Valley City, North Dakota to discuss standardizing high school athletics in the state.[1] A second meeting, called by Principal H.L. Rockwood of Valley City for the adoption of a constitution was held in Grand Forks on January 1 and 2, 1908 and would lead to the creation of the North Dakota High School League.[1] 29 schools attended this meeting, but only four schools (Valley City, Jamestown, Grafton and Grand Forks) became charter members.[1] Casselton and Hankinson joined later that school year.[1] There was a steady growth in membership with 80 schools belonging by 1921 and 103 out of 162 classified high schools by 1925. Superintendent G.W. Hanna served as president for a first year and a half, and was succeeded by Superintendent A.G. Crane of Jamestown after the 1908-09 school year.[1]

Basketball[edit | edit source]

From 1914 to 1932 all North Dakota High School Activities Association member high schools played basketball under a single classification. three small school during this period won state titles: Tower City in 1915, Michigan in 1917, and Petersburg in 1919. In 1922, a number of schools from small towns organized the Consolidated League for the purpose of competing for a state championship with schools of similar enrollments. This league continued to operate through 1950. In 1933, the schools still competing under the sponsorship of the NDHSAA were divided up into Class A and Class B and, in 1948, the Class C division was created by the NDHSAA. The Consolidated League joined the Class C in 1950 and that combined organization remained in operation through 1963. Currently all high school basketball teams compete in either Class B or Class A.

Sports offered[edit | edit source]

Boys' Sports

  • baseball
  • basketball
  • cross country
  • football
  • 9 man football
  • golf
  • hockey
  • soccer
  • swimming & diving
  • tennis
  • track & field
  • wrestling

Girls' Sports

  • basketball
  • cheerleading
  • cross country
  • a golf
  • b golf
  • gymnastics
  • hockey
  • soccer
  • softball
  • swimming & diving
  • tennis
  • track & field
  • volleyball

Activities[edit | edit source]

  • Journalism
  • Music
    • All-State Band
    • All-State Chorus
    • All-State Jazz Band
    • All-State Orchestra
  • Region Music
  • Speech
    • Debate & Individual Events
    • One-Act Play & Technical Theatre
    • Oral Interpretation
    • Student Council
  • Visual Arts

Notable Alumni[edit | edit source]

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External links[edit | edit source]

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