Awards & Recognition

IHSA All-State Academic Team

The IHSA's top academic honor. Nominees needed to possess a minimum 3.5, have participated in at least two IHSA sponsored activities during each of the last two years, and demonstrated outstanding citizenship.


NFHS Spirit of Sport Award

The NFHS Spirit of Sport Award annually recognizes individuals who exemplify the ideals of the positive spirit of sport that represent the core mission of education-based athletics.


NFHS Heart of the Arts Award

The NFHS Heart of the Arts Award annually recognizes individuals who exemplify the positive ideals of performing arts that represent the core mission of education-based participation in arts & activities.


Do What's Right! Sportsmanship Banner Award

The IHSA awards Sportsmanship Banner Awards to schools who exemplify the ideals of sportsmanship at the state final tournaments in all team sports.


IHSA Team Academic Award

This award will recognize those teams that maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher throughout their respective season.


IHSA Scholastic Recognition Program

The IHSA provides certificates of recognition to all students who meet the criteria, and have excelled in the classroom while participating in IHSA sponsored sports or activities.


IHSA Distinguished Service Award

Individuals with a long history of service to the Illinois High School Association are honored at the Annual IHSA Distinguished Service Award ceremony.


NFHS Hall of Fame

The IHSA is proud to have 25 honorees enshrined in the NFHS National High School Hall of Fame, the highest possible achievement in high school sports and activities.


NFHS Coaches of the Year

The NFHS annually honors State Coaches of the Year in 21 sports and then selects one National Coach of the Year among all of the state honorees.


NFHS Citation Award

The NFHS Citation Awards and the NIAAA Distinguished Service Awards honors individuals for their career contributions.


IHSA Officials of the Year

The NFHS annually honors the top officials in each sport from each state.


IHSA Distinguished Media Service Award

The IHSA annually recognizes media members who have covered high school sports and activities in Illinois for a significant period of time, while maintaining perspective on the amateur events they report on.