Seventy-three years ago on January 26, 1946 representatives from local school systems and the Maryland State Department of Education met at the Enoch Pratt Library in downtown Baltimore to establish the framework for a state high school athletic association to replace the loosely organized "Playground Athletic League".
Dr. Thomas Ferguson, the State Supervisor of Physical Education and Recreation at the time, was the driving force behind the formation of "The Health and Physical Education Association of Maryland Schools" which eventually became the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association that we know today. William Brish, Assistant Superintendant from Prince George's County, became the inaugural President of the newly formed MPSSAA with Herbert Steiner, Baltimore County's Supervisor of Health and Physical Education as his Vice-President. Seventy-three years and 48 Association Presidents later, the planning of those pioneering school representatives has stood the test of time. Today's MPSSAA serves 198 public high schools, over 112,000 student-athletes, and administers 24 State Championships across Maryland!