Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The National Federation of State High School Associations serves its members, related professional organizations and students by providing leadership for the administration of education-based interscholastic activities, which support academic achievement, good citizenship and equitable opportunity.

We Believe

  • Participation in education-based interscholastic athletics and performing arts programs:
  • • Enriches each student’s educational experience.
  • • Promotes student academic achievement.
  • • Develops good citizenship and healthy lifestyles.
  • • Fosters involvement of a diverse population.
  • • Promotes positive school/community relations.
  • • Is a privilege.
  • The NFHS

  • • Promotes and protects the defining values of education-based interscholastic activity programs in collaboration with its member state associations.
  • • Serves as the recognized national authority on education-based interscholastic activity programs.
  • • Serves as the pre-eminent authority on competition rules for education-based interscholastic activity programs.
  • • Promotes fair play and seeks to minimize risk for student participants through the adoption of national competition rules and delivery of programs and services.
  • • Delivers quality educational programs to serve the changing needs of state associations, school administrators, coaches, officials, students and parents.
  • • Provides professional development opportunities for NFHS member state association staff.
  • • Promotes cooperation among state associations to advance their individual and collective well-being.