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Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association

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Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association

The Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (M.I.A.A.) is a boys' sports conference for private high schools generally located in the Baltimore metropolitan area but extending to various other regions, including the state's mostly rural Eastern Shore. The M.I.A.A. has 27 member schools and offers competition in 17 sports. In most sports, it offers multiple levels of competition, including Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Freshmen-Sophomore teams, and the conference is broken down by separate leagues in each. In addition, members are sorted in accordance to continual performance; categories include 'A', 'B', or 'C' Conferences. Teams of the Association (League) may move up or down according to their performance spanning over the course of a year or so to maintain the competition at appropriate levels. Such levels vary for each sport; a school with a "B-Conference" lacrosse team can have an "A-Conference" soccer team: it all depends on the athletic performance of that particular sport.

Seven members of the M.I.A.A. (along with non-MIAA member St. Maria Goretti) also form the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland" in various girls' sports, together with the all-female schools of the same region.



  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo


  • Basketball
  • Ice Hockey
  • Indoor Track
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Wrestling


  • Baseball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field


Formed in 1994, the M.I.A.A., was the successor organization to for boys to the former "Maryland Scholastic Association", formed in 1919, through the leadership of Dr. Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (M.P.S.S.A.A.) which ranks its member schools' teams on the basis of the population of boys and girls in each schools student body. Rather the MSA allowed for those schools which had a "track record" and tradition that outweighed the size of its student body and ranked or classified them according to "power". Conferences were set up as 'A', 'B', and 'C' Conference with occasional yearly movement between levels of play, adjusted at the request of the School. So schools like Dunbar and later Lake Clifton were in the 'A' Conference for basketball, even though their numbers of students were smaller than some other schools. City College, Polytechnic Institute, Edmondson High, Calvert Hall and Loyola High were always ranked in the 'A' Conference for football, while Mount St. Joseph's and Gilman were powerhouses in wrestling, Loyola and Calvert Hall dominated the swimming 'A' Conference as Patterson High, Southern High and City College were always fielding winning teams in soccer. City, Edmondson, and Northern High were successful in track and field while the ones to beat in baseball were Archbishop Curley, Cardinal Gibbons, Patterson High, etc. Championships were rewarded by presentations of polished mohagany wooden plaques with round bronze medallions mounted on them with engraved plates. Later, framed certificates with beautiful script calligraphy, listing the team members were awarded. Some schools' trophy rooms, galleries and glass display cases (such as at Poly, City, Calvert Hall and Loyola) are filled with dozens of these impressive momentoes to almost three-quarters of a century of long-ago athletic competition. The highlighted feature of the MSA and the Baltimore area's sports

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