MSHSAA has experienced an evolutionary growth. Attention was first given to the control of abuses and regulation of activities. This emphasis was later to change to the giving of consideration to the formulation of standards to guide interscholastic programs. In 1956, the MSHSAA adopted a long range, comprehensive program to improve high school activities as a means of better educating boys and girls. MSHSAA promotes the value of participation, sportsmanship, team play, and personal excellence to develop citizens who make positive contributions to their community and support the democratic principles of our state and nation.