Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
WIAA


Read More About It

"More Than a Game: The First 100 Years of the WIAA" by Matt Otte


Vocabulary:

athletic association


Interesting Fact:

The meetings to develop the WIAA took place in 1895 as a result of a state track meet held that year. It was the first such event held anywhere in the U.S.


Study Questions:

  • What is the mission of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association?
  • How many high schools today are members of WIAA?
  • What school was the first state champion of any kind recognized under WIAA rules?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about the WIAA:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on December 30:

    1853: The U.S. purchases 45,000 square miles, known as the Gadsden Purchase, from Mexico.
    1903: A fire at the Iroquois Theater in Chicago kills six hundred people.
    1940: California's first freeway opens, connecting Los Angeles to Pasadena.



  • December 30

    December 30, 1896: The nation's first state high school athletic association was formed in Milwaukee, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA).


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