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Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association

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Abbreviation  MPSSAA
Legal status  Association
Region served  Maryland
Founded  1946
Type  Nonprofit organization
Formation  1946
Purpose  Athletic/Educational
Membership  195 high schools
Staff  5
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Headquarters  Balti, Maryland, United States
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Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA), is the association that oversees public high school sporting contests in the state of Maryland. Organized in 1946, the MPSSAA is made up of public high schools from each of Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City, which joined the association in 1993 when its public high schools withdrew from the Maryland Scholastic Association.


The MPSSAA includes nearly 200 public high schools, with more than 110,000 student-athletes participating in 24 sports. The Maryland State Board of Education establishes the rules and regulations governing Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association athletic programs and functions under the Division of Instruction of the State Department of Education. All qualified public high schools in Maryland who qualify under rules and regulations may become members of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

The purpose of the Association is to promote, direct, and control all interscholastic activities of high school students; to establish, maintain, and enforce regulations to assure that all such activities are part of and contribute toward the comprehensive educational program of the state of Maryland; to work with the state department of education in the development of the program to safeguard the physical, mental, and moral welfare of high school students and protect them from exploitation.

Sponsored Sports

Team Sports

Individual sports

Member High Schools

Due to the state's unique geography, Maryland high school athletics is divided into nine districts by the MPSSAA for purposes of organizing athletic activities and postseason tournaments. MPSSAA member schools compete within geographic regions (jurisdictions) and are divided into leagues across the state. In total, there are five conferences and six counties competing together to form a league, but remaining independent.


The MPSSAA's 197 member schools are arranged by classification to ensure that schools compete on a regular basis with other schools in the geographic area of a similar size. The classifications are 4A (the largest), 3A, 2A, and 1A (the smallest).

  • 4A = Top 25 percent based on enrollment
  • 3A = Next 25 percent based on enrollment
  • 2A = Next 25 percent based on enrollment
  • 1A = Lowest 25 percent based on enrollment
  • District Alignment

  • District 1 – Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, and Washington counties
  • District 2 – Montgomery County
  • District 3 – Prince George's County
  • District 4 – Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary's counties
  • District 5 – Anne Arundel and Howard counties
  • District 6 – Baltimore County
  • District 7 – Cecil and Harford counties
  • District 8 – Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester counties
  • District 9 – Baltimore City
  • Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference

    Harford Christian School

    Anne Arundel County League

  • Annapolis High School
  • Arundel High School
  • Broadneck High School
  • Chesapeake High School, Pasadena
  • Glen Burnie High School
  • Meade Senior High School
  • North County High School
  • Northeast Senior High School
  • Old Mill High School
  • Severna Park High School
  • South River High School
  • Southern High School
  • Baltimore City League

  • Baltimore City College
  • Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
  • Carver Vocational Technical High School
  • Digital Harbor High School
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
  • Edmondson-Westside High School
  • Frederick Douglass Senior High School
  • Forest Park Senior High School
  • Lake Clifton/Eastern High School
  • Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School
  • Northwestern High School
  • Patterson High School
  • Reginald F. Lewis High School
  • Southwestern High School
  • Western High School
  • Baltimore County League

  • Catonsville High School
  • Chesapeake High School
  • Dulaney High School
  • Dundalk High School
  • Eastern Technical High School
  • Franklin High School
  • George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
  • Hereford High School
  • Kenwood High School
  • Lansdowne High School
  • Loch Raven High School
  • Milford Mill Academy
  • Overlea High School
  • Owings Mills High School
  • Parkville High School
  • Patapsco High School
  • Perry Hall High School
  • Pikesville High School
  • Randallstown High School
  • Sparrows Point High School
  • Towson High School
  • Western School of Technology and Environmental Science
  • Woodlawn High School
  • Howard County League

  • Atholton High School
  • Centennial High School
  • Glenelg High School
  • Hammond High School
  • Howard High School
  • Long Reach High School
  • Marriotts Ridge High School
  • Mount Hebron High School
  • Oakland Mills High School
  • Reservoir High School
  • River Hill High School
  • Wilde Lake High School
  • Montgomery County League

  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
  • Montgomery Blair High School
  • James Hubert Blake High School
  • Winston Churchill High School
  • Clarksburg High School
  • Damascus High School
  • Albert Einstein High School
  • Gaithersburg High School
  • Walter Johnson High School
  • John F. Kennedy High School
  • Colonel Zadok A. Magruder High School
  • Richard Montgomery High School
  • Northwest High School
  • Northwood High School
  • Paint Branch High School
  • Poolesville High School
  • Quince Orchard High School
  • Rockville High School
  • Seneca Valley High School
  • Sherwood High School
  • Springbrook High School
  • Watkins Mill High School
  • Wheaton High School
  • Walt Whitman High School
  • Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School
  • Prince George's (PG) County League

  • Bladensburg High School
  • Bowie High School
  • Central High School
  • Crossland High School
  • Frederick Douglass High School
  • DuVal High School
  • Fairmont Heights High School
  • Charles Herbert Flowers High School
  • Friendly High School
  • Gwynn Park High School
  • Henry Alexander Wise Jr., High School
  • High Point High School
  • Largo High School
  • Laurel High School
  • Northwestern High School
  • Oxon Hill High School
  • Parkdale High School
  • Potomac High School
  • Eleanor Roosevelt High School
  • Suitland High School
  • Surrattsville High School
  • Out-of-state teams

  • Musselman High School's Applemen, in Inwood, West Virginia, regularly plays teams in Washington County, even though Musselman is in Berkeley County.
  • Recent Champions (since 1993)

    The following member schools have won state championships since the MPSSAA expanded in 1993:

    Boys Basketball Champions

    Since 1993, Baltimore City League members have won a combined 35 MPSSAA state boys basketball titles. During that time, Prince George's County ranks second among all MPSSAA leagues with 17 state championships. Baltimore County teams have won 10 titles, while Montgomery County League teams have won nine. Teams from the Eastern Shore have won eight state titles over the last 22 seasons, most in the 1A classification. MVAC members have earned three state title wins. Howard County and UCBAC teams boast two state championships each since 1993. The SMAC and Western Maryland-based Allegany have won the final two of the 88 state titles earners in the four classifications over the last 22 seasons. The Anne Arundel County League hasn't won a boys basketball state title since 1990 until 2015 when Meade High School defeated Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in the 4A State title game on March 14, 2015.


    Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Wikipedia

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