On Wednesday night, the Mississippi High School Activities Association addresses one of its member schools leaving the organization.
St. Joseph (Greenville), along with Cathedral and St. Aloysius, became a member of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Wednesday. The move was made in response to a recent ruling by the MHSAA that upholds a ban on out-of-state students participating in athletics at private and parochial schools.
MHSAA executive director Don Hinton told The Clarion-Ledger Wednesday morning that he had first heard of the news of the schools’ departure when he was informed by our phone call and other inquiries from the media.
By late Wednesday afternoon, an MHSAA spokesperson said that St. Joseph (Greenville) was the only school the organization had been contacted by. The MHSAA has not spoken with representatives from Cathedral, St. Aloysius or the Diocese of Jackson.
The following statement was released by the MHSAA in regards to St. Joe’s departure.
The Mississippi High School Activities Association received official notification today from one member school: St. Joseph Catholic School in Greenville has resigned its membership from the MHSAA. We were aware last week this could be a possibility after the MHSAA Executive Committee voted to enforce in its entirety Article 3.1.7 of the MHSAA Handbook, which allows eligibility only for students who reside in Mississippi. St. Joseph has been a valued member of the MHSAA for many years. We appreciate its long history of contributions to our association. We also recognize each school must find the best fit for its athletic and activities programs. The Executive Committee consists of 15 school administrators from across the state. The committee members felt limiting participation in MHSAA athletics and activities to students who reside in Mississippi was a matter of fairness and consistency for all of our public, parochial and private schools.