Louisiana High School Athletic Association
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) is the agency that regulates and promotes the interscholastic athletic competitions of all high schools in the state of Louisiana.
|Motto||"High School Athletics — The Master Teacher of Values"|
|Headquarters||12720 Old Hammond Highway|
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
|Affiliations||National Federation of State High School Associations|
The LHSAA is governed by an Executive Director and an executive committee, with representatives from each of the association's class divisions. LHSAA member schools include public, private, and parochial schools throughout the state. LHSAA is affiliated with the National Federation of State High School Associations.
As of 1996, LHSAA included 410 member schools and an annual certification of approximately 70,000 student athletes each year. 
LHSAA is divided into nine statewide classes and divisions, based on each school's student enrollment for grades nine through twelve: Classes 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A, and Divisions I, II, III, and IV . Divisions are made up of schools of a private/religious nature; the smallest schools are all either members of Class 1A or Division I. Classes 2A through 5A and Divisions II through IV may include some schools that do not play football, including schools that have all-girl enrollments. Schools with single-gender enrollments have their enrollment numbers doubled for classification purposes. 
LHSAA has twenty-three competitive sports programs, twelve for boys and eleven for girls. The LHSAA sports programs are Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Swimming, Bowling, Tennis, Cross Country, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, Football, Golf, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Wrestling, and Soccer. Starting in 2016, select enrollment schools and non-select enrollment schools will participate in different playoffs in Football, Baseball, Softball, and Basketball.
Before 1935, Louisiana had organized athletic programs for white children only. In 1935 William Gray of Southern University established the Louisiana Interscholastic and Literary Association (LIALO) to provide organization for the African-American students of the state. This organization was absorbed into the LHSAA in 1969 when the federal courts forced Louisiana to integrate the public schools. The LHSAA does not recognize the accomplishments of the negro schools and their students before integration. In 1990, Louisiana became the first state in the nation to include a wheelchair division in its state track and field competition for disabled student athletes.
Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita hit Southern Louisiana at the beginning of the 2005 high school football season. The evacuation of New Orleans and other communities forced dozens of high schools to close for months, and several campuses were damaged or destroyed by flooding and wind damage. The football season was not canceled, but several games were postponed or canceled. Some schools in the disaster area were forced to withdraw from competition. Most public schools in Orleans Parish, St. Bernard Parish, and Plaquemines Parish were so badly damaged that they were forced to cancel their entire school year.
Other disaster-area schools combined to form joint teams in fall of 2005 and spring of 2006. By the 2006 school year, most of the affected LHSAA schools were able to compete under their own school teams.
The Southern Quality Ford Cup is the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's (LHSAA) All Sports Award that recognizes the leading overall athletic program in each of the LHSAA's seven classes. The competition is based on a school's performance in the 23 sports governed by the LHSAA. Any team that finishes in one of the top four places in the state earns points towards a school's quest for the cup. At the end of the academic year, the school that has accumulated the most points in its class is presented with the award.
Commissioners and Executive DirectorsEdit
- T.H. "Muddy" Waters (1953-1971)
- Frank Spruiell (1971-1983)
- Tommy Henry (1983-2008)
- Kenny Henderson (2008-2015)
- Eddie Bonine (2015–present)
- LHSAA. History.
- LHSAA. Classification.
- "Louisiana Interscholastic Athletic and Literary Association" (PDF). Retrieved 29 January 2019.
- "LOUISIANA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, Appellant, v. ST. AUGUSTINE HIGH SCHOOL et al., Appellees". Retrieved 29 January 2019.
- Whirty, Ryan (October 19, 2015). "Efforts underway for recognition of LIALO, a Black athletic association". Retrieved 29 January 2019.