Ohio High School Athletic Association

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Ohio High School Athletic Association
Ohio High School Athletic Association logo.png
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AbbreviationOHSAA
Formation1907
Legal statusAssociation
PurposeAthletic/Educational
Headquarters4080 Roselea Pl.
Columbus, OH 43214
Region served
Ohio
Official language
English
Executive Director
Doug Ute
Affiliations National Federation of State High School Associations
Staff
22
Website ohsaa.org
Remarks(614) 267-2502

The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) is the governing body of athletic programs for junior and senior high schools in the state of Ohio. The OHSAA governs eligibility of student athletes, resolves disputes, organizes levels of competition by divisional separation of schools according to attendance population, and conducts state championship competitions in all the OHSAA-sanctioned sports.

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Membership

There are approximately 820 member high schools and 850 more schools in the 7th-8th grade division of the OHSAA. Most public and private high schools in Ohio belong to the OHSAA. [1]

Structure

Districts

The Association is divided into six districts, each with its own District Athletic Board, including the Central District, East District, Northeast District, Northwest District, Southeast District, and Southwest District.

The District boards conduct Sectional and District tournaments. The main OHSAA board conducts Regional and State tournaments. [2]

Classifications and divisions

Member high schools are divided into three classifications (A, AA, AAA). Prior to 1989 many sports held tournaments based on these classifications. Since then, each sport individually divides into numbered divisions based on enrollment, taking into account the total number of schools offering that varsity sport and placing an equal number of schools in each division.

The classifications (A being the smallest schools, AAA the largest) are still used to fill spots on the six District Athletic Boards (two representatives from each class).

The number of divisions varies based on how many schools offer that sport. Football has the most, with seven divisions (Division I being the largest schools). Three sports have a single division: Boys' Ice Hockey, Girls' Field Hockey, and Gymnastics. [2]

History

OHSAA's 100th Anniversary logo. OHSAA 100 Anniversary logo.png
OHSAA's 100th Anniversary logo.

The OHSAA is an unincorporated, non-profit organization founded in 1907. Members of the Western Ohio Superintendents' Round Table had frequently discussed the need of a central organization for high school athletics. In 1906 they passed a resolution to appoint a committee, headed by George R. Eastman, the first President of the Board of Control.

The first OHSAA-sponsored state tournament, Track and Field, was held on May 23, 1908, at Denison University. Columbus North became the first state champions, finishing ahead of Dayton Steele. [1]

The OHSAA is currently headed by a commissioner. [3] Prior to 1925, the Board of Control officers handled duties now associated with the Commissioner.

In 1979, OHSAA adopted a bylaw prohibiting out-of-state students from competing in OHSAA-sponsored activities. This rule was affirmed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in the 1985 case Alerding v. Ohio High School Athletic Association , regarding St. Xavier High School students from Northern Kentucky.

Commissioners since 1925

OHSAA–sponsored sports tournaments

[3]

Boys

SeasonSportTournament Structure# of Divisions1st Tournament2018-2019 State Tournament Location
Fall Cross Country District, Regional, & State31928 National Trail Raceway, Hebron
Fall Football Regional & State71972 Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton
Fall Golf Sectional, District & State31927
(Spring sport 1927-1974)
The Ohio State University Golf Club, Columbus Scarlet Course (Div I & II)
North Star Golf Resort, Sunbury (Div III)
Fall Soccer Sectional, District, Regional & State31976 Mapfre Stadium, Columbus
Winter Basketball Sectional, District, Regional, & State41923 Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Winter Bowling Sectional, District, & State22007Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, Columbus
Winter Ice Hockey District & State11978 Nationwide Arena, Columbus
Winter Swimming and DivingSectional, District, & State21928C. T. Branin Natatorium, Canton
Winter Wrestling Sectional, District, & State31938 Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Winter Wrestling-Dual MeetRegional & State32013 St. John Arena, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Winter Gymnastics Sectional, District, & State11926-37;1965-93 (discontinued)
Spring Baseball Sectional, District, Regional, & State41928 Canal Park, Akron
Spring Track and Field District, Regional, & State31908 Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Spring Tennis Sectional, District, & State2**1922 Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason
Spring Lacrosse State22017Selby Stadium, Ohio Wesleyan University

Girls

SeasonSportTournament Structure# of Divisions1st Tournament2018-2019 State Tournament Location
Fall Cross Country District, Regional, & State31978 National Trail Raceway, Hebron
Fall Field Hockey State Qualifying & State11979Marv Moorehead Stadium, Upper Arlington High School, Upper Arlington
Fall Golf Sectional, District & State21993 The Ohio State University Golf Club, Gray Course, Columbus
Fall Soccer Sectional, District, Regional & State31985 Mapfre Stadium, Columbus
Fall Tennis Sectional, District, & State2**1976 Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason
Fall Volleyball Sectional, District, Regional, & State41975 Nutter Center, Wright State University, Dayton
Winter Basketball Sectional, District, Regional, & State41976 Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Winter Bowling Sectional, District, & State22007Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, Columbus
Winter Gymnastics Sectional, District, & State11977 Hilliard Bradley High School, Hilliard
Winter Swimming and DivingSectional, District, & State21977C.T. Branin Natatorium, Canton
Spring Softball Sectional, District, Regional, & State41978 Firestone Stadium, Akron
Spring Track and Field District, Regional, & State31975 Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Spring Lacrosse State22017Selby Stadium, Ohio Wesleyan University
**(Individual/Doubles only, no Team championships)

Past team state champions

Schools with most team titles

[3]

Rank# of
Titles
SchoolCity# of
Boys'
Titles
# of
Girls'
Titles
Year of
First
Title
Year of
Last
Title
161 St. Edward Lakewood61X*19782021
161 St. Xavier Cincinnati61X*19572021
350 Upper Arlington Upper Arlington262419372019
441 Hawken Gates Mills73419772021
540 St. Ignatius Cleveland40X*19882020
639 Walsh Jesuit Cuyahoga Falls221719822016
737 Minster Minster73019762019
832 St. Vincent – St. Mary Akron211119272018
931 Graham St. Paris31019302021
931 Columbus Academy Gahanna191219772020
1130 Thomas Worthington Worthington121819382017
1229 St. Francis DeSales Columbus22719712019
1328 Brecksville-Broadview Heights Broadview Heights52319812021
1328 Coldwater Coldwater181019832021
1527 Canton McKinley Canton23419372010
1527 Newark Catholic Newark171019782016
1725 Archbishop Alter Kettering151019782019
1824 Archbishop Moeller Cincinnati24X*19722019
1824 East Tech Cleveland23119202002
1824 Beaumont School Cleveland HeightsX*2419862012
2122 Elder Cincinnati22X*19432005

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* X = single-gender school

Schools with most team titles in one sport

[3]

Rank# of
Titles
SchoolCitySportFirstLast
142 St. Xavier CincinnatiBoys' Swimming19702021
234 St. Edward LakewoodWrestling19782021
331 Hawken Gates MillsGirls' Swimming19842021
422 Graham St. ParisWrestling19822021
521 Brecksville-Broadview Heights Broadview Heights Girls' Gymnastics 19942021
617 Upper Arlington Upper ArlingtonBoys' Golf19412006
716 Beaumont School Cleveland HeightsGirls' Track19862008
716 Glenville ClevelandBoys' Track19592014
913 Canton McKinley CantonBoys' Swimming19371961
913 East Technical ClevelandBoys' Track19201955
913 Minster MinsterGirls' Track19762018
913 Minster MinsterGirls' Cross Country19822019
1312 Columbus Academy GahannaField Hockey19942019
1312 Elder CincinnatiBaseball19432005
1312 Upper Arlington Upper ArlingtonGirls' Swimming20032017
1611 St. Edward LakewoodIce Hockey19852008
1611 Marion Local Maria SteinFootball20002019
1611 St. Ignatius ClevelandFootball19882011
1611 Columbus Academy GahannaBoys' Golf19832020
2010 Maple Heights Maple HeightsWrestling19561974
2010 Magnificat Rocky RiverGirls' Gymnastics19902003
2010 Walsh Jesuit Cuyahoga FallsGirls' Soccer20002016
2010 Dunbar DaytonBoys' Track19482017
2010 St. Ignatius ClevelandSoccer20042020
2010 Woodridge PeninsulaBoys' Cross Country20062020
2010 Mount Notre Dame CincinnatiGirls' Volleyball19952020

Schools with most consecutive team titles in one sport

[3]

  • active streak
Season Sport School # of Consecutive State Titles Years
Fall Boys' Cross Country Caldwell 81985-92
Fall Girls' Cross Country Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 52009-13
Fall Field Hockey Gahanna Columbus Academy 31999-2001
Fall Field Hockey Thomas Worthington 32015-17
Fall Football Cleveland St. Ignatius 51991-95
Fall Boys' Golf Gates Mills Gilmour Academy 41991-94
Fall Boys' Golf Gahanna Columbus Academy 42017-20
Fall Girls' Golf Dublin Jerome 52011-15
Fall Boys' Soccer Cincinnati Summit Country Day 42015-18
Fall Girls' Soccer Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 52012-16
Fall Volleyball Cincinnati St Ursula Academy 61993-98
Winter Boys' Basketball Cincinnati North College Hill 32005-07
Winter Boys' Basketball Columbus Wehrle31988-90
Winter Boys' Basketball Dayton Dunbar 22006-2007
Winter Girls' Basketball Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown 52009-2013
Winter Boys' Bowling Springfield Kenton Ridge 22009-10
Winter Girls' Bowling Coldwater 22012-13
Winter Boys' Gymnastics Cleveland East Tech 51933-37
Winter Girls' Gymnastics Brecksville-Broadview Heights 16*2004-19
Winter Ice Hockey Cleveland St. Ignatius 4*2016-19
WinterBoys' Swimming and Diving Cincinnati St. Xavier 121970–81, *2009–20
WinterGirls' Swimming and Diving Gates Mills Hawken 22*1999–2020
Winter Wrestling-Individual St. Paris Graham 19*2001-19
Winter Wrestling-Dual Team St. Paris Graham 7*2013-19
Spring Baseball Newark Catholic 32002-04
Spring Baseball Cincinnati Elder 31958-60
Spring Girls' Lacrosse Upper Arlington 3*2017-19
Spring Softball North Canton Hoover 42011-14
Spring Softball Springfield 41992-95
Spring Boys' Track and Field Cleveland East Tech 61939-44
Spring Girls' Track and Field Cleveland Heights Beaumont 71986-92

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References

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