IHSA Comments On Separating Private, Public Schools

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Published on June 26 2014 2:04 pm
Last Updated on June 26 2014 2:04 pm
Written by Millie Lange

IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman issued the following statement after a Dispatch-Argus story quoted West Suburban Conference administrators confirming they will likely submit a proposal to separate private and public schools for IHSA State Series  events:

“IHSA member schools have the ability to exercise their right to submit by-law proposals and we encourage them to act accordingly. On a personal level, I would hate to see a separation between our public and private schools. I believe both our membership and our State Series tournaments are stronger under their current unified format.

The size and diversity of our membership creates unique challenges and I respect a school's desire to use our legislative process to create change when they believe it is needed. However, the IHSA has managed to thrive for decades with public and private schools competing together in the State Series, and I personally do not believe that has to change now.”