The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) was founded in 1906 to regulate and administer interscholastic athletic competition in a fair and equitable manner.
The league was founded by a small group of educators who recognized the need to provide a set of eligibility rules and regulations in order to insure a level playing field for interscholastic athletic competition among the schools in Western Pennsylvania. The mission of the WPIAL is to regulate and administer interscholastic athletic competition in a fair and equitable manner while promoting the values of participation in interscholastic athletics as an integral part of a student’s educational experience.
The first impetus for such a League arose as early as 1903 when indeed it was an extraordinary institution that was solely represented by pupils of that school. The lack of scholastic requirements permitted the schools of that day to hire the best players in the vicinity, outfit them in high school uniforms and stack them against each other in grim battles.