State Stories

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IHSA Office

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Before we make our way around the state to highlight your facilities, we thought we would start by showing you our office. At its core, it is not all that different from your average office building, but there are certainly some very unique historic elements that any fan of high school sports or activities will appreciate.

Welcome to the IHSA office
  

The IHSA Mission Statement adorns the wall in the office entry


Don was a teacher, coach and official before becoming an IHSA administrator. He passed away after a battle with cancer in 2011
  

An incredible mural chronicling the history of girl’s high school sports in Illinois


The IHSA trophy case featuring memorabilia from all over the state


Honoring Ola, one of the pioneers of girl's high school athletics in Illinois; The IHSA is proud of its partnership with the Illinois Athletic Directors Association
  

Illinois' NFHS National High School Hall of Fame honorees on display in the IHSA Board Room
  

A year's worth of state final programs from the IHSA Desktop Publishing Dept.; Complete with green screen, this converted conference room serves as the studio where IHSA rules videos are made
  

It's always March Madness in here!


Gatorade is in the IHSA State Finals!; Boxes ready to begin shipping balls to State Series sites
  

The IHSA annually compiled a book with all of its communications from each school year until the advent of the web. The editions below begin with the 1928-29 school year; Years of archives in each orange binder
  

Before computers, IHSA State Series assignments were determined with a map, push pins and rubber bands; You don't need a suit to have a great Add A. Tude
      

The IHSA Store; A gift from Secretary of State Jesse White
  

"Rolling the peas" is an IHSA tradition that dates back over 50 years, as numbers are drawn to determine postseason matchups (
Click to see example). The original pea bottle is currently on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.; Inside the IHSA archive room