IHSAA Boys Basketball
State Tournament Historical Timeline
1911 The first state tournament is conducted
at Assembly Hall on the
1912 The state basketball tournament,
officially sponsored by the IHSAA for the first time and assisted by the IU
Boosters Club, features 13 teams. The state is divided into four large sections
based on the congressional districts of the day and the winning team from each of
the four sectional sites advances to play for the state championship one week
1913 The district plan is abandoned and a
total of 38 teams enter the state tournament with all games being played in
1914 Seventy-seven teams enter the state
tournament in Bloomington and the unexpected number of entries forces
tournament officials to use four different playing floors in Bloomington and to
schedule 76 games in two days. The Indiana University Men’s Gymnasium, Indiana
University Women’s Gymnasium, Indiana University Auditorium and Bloomington
Armory are all used to host contests. The eventual champion, Wingate, plays two
games on Friday and a grueling four games on Saturday, defeats
1915 First Year for Sectionals – With 155
teams entered, more than double the year before, 14 sectional elimination
tournaments are set up throughout the state. The 14 winners move on to the
state finals in
1916 As the total number of teams entering
(204) continues to climb annually, 16 sectional tourneys were held with the
survivors advancing to
1917 Twenty sectional tourneys were held this year with 255 teams entered.
1917 In what would become an annual tradition
of the boys basketball tournament and, later, in every
IHSAA sport, a mental attitude award is presented for the first time. The Gimbel Prize for Mental Attitude, as it was known, is
awarded to Claude Curtis of
1918 With 301 teams participating, a total of 20 sectional elimination tournaments are played to determine the state finalists.
1919 Twenty-two sectionals were used to
determine the teams that would advance to the state finals. This year, the
state finals tournament was played at
1920 Twenty-six sectionals are scheduled to accommodate the 372 teams that indicate they would enter the state tournament. The state finals return to the Indiana University Men’s Gymnasium.
1921 First Year for Regionals – Another record turnout of 394 teams enter forcing the IHSAA Board of Control to make adjustments in the tournament format. Thirty-two sectionals are played followed one week later by 16 one-game regionals which would determine the state finalist teams. From 1921 through 1935, 16 teams would advance to the state finals tournament. This also was the first year the state finals are played at the Indianapolis Coliseum, where the finals would reside through 1924.
1925 State Finals are played for the first
time at the
1927 First year for 64 sectionals and 16 regionals.
1928 After signing a lease agreement with
1930 Burl Friddle of
1933 Glenn Curtis becomes the first person to coach four teams to the state championship (Lebanon 1918; Martinsville 1924, 1927, 1933).
1936 First year that only four teams advance to state finals. Following 64 sectionals and 16 regionals, four “Semi-final” tournaments are played the weekend before state, featuring four teams at each site, with the lone winner at each advancing to the state finals. This also is the last season in which a center jump takes place after each score.
1938 A total of 787 schools enter the state tournament series to comprise the largest field in history. Burl Friddle, the winning coach of state champion Fort Wayne South Side, becomes the first person to play for a state champion (Franklin 1920) and coach two different schools to the title as well (Washington 1930).
1939 Everett Case joins Glenn Curtis as a
four-time state championship coach but distinguishes himself by doing so at the
same school each time. He guided
1941 At its December 20, 1941 meeting, the
IHSAA Athletic Council does its part to eliminate prejudice in the state by
passing a resolution allowing all public, private, parochial, African-American
or institutional high schools to become full members of the Association
provided they offer and maintain three or four years of high school work and
that they meet the requirements of the Association and subscribe to its rules
and regulations. The rule would go into effect beginning
1943 For the first time, the state finals are played at the new Indianapolis Coliseum (not the same building that hosted 1921-1924) at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The tournament would be staged there through 1945 while Butler Fieldhouse served as a barracks for the United States Air Force and Navy during World War II.
1945 After awarding the “Gimbel Prize for Mental Attitude” from 1917 to 1943 and the “IHSAA Medal for Mental Attitude” in 1944, the IHSAA Board renames the award “The Arthur L. Trester Medal for Mental Attitude” in honor of the man who served as first commissioner of the Association from 1929 to 1944. Recipients were given a medal each year from 1945 through 1964, hence “The Arthur L. Trester Medal for Mental Attitude.” Beginning in 1965, the award is made in the form of a plaque with a copy of the original medal incorporated on the face of the plaque, hence “The Arthur L. Trester Award for Mental Attitude.”
1946 The state finals tournament returns to
Butler Fieldhouse and continues each year through
1971. The facility would be renamed Hinkle Fieldhouse
in 1966 in honor of
1955 Indianapolis Crispus Attucks, coached by Ray Crowe and led on the floor by Oscar Robertson, becomes the first African-American school to win the state tournament with a 97-74 victory over Gary Roosevelt.
1956 The Tigers of
1956 At its December 15 meeting, the IHSAA Board of Control votes to change the name of the level of the tournament that preceeds the state finals from “semi-finals” to “semi-states” effective with the 1957 state tournament. The name “semi-final” had been used since 1936.
1957 South Bend Central ends Indianapolis Crispus Attucks’ bid to win its third straight title with a 67-55 triumph to become the second ever undefeated champions at 30-0.
1957 Forty-six years later, the IHSAA, led by commissioner L.V. Phillips, officially recognizes Crawfordsville as the first state champion in 1911. The formal recognition comes during the 1957 state finals and changes the numbering of the annual tournaments making the 1957 tournament, the 47th instead of the 46th.
1962 The first state finals with four former
state champions competing – East
1963 Muncie Central, coached by first-year leader Dwight Tallman, captures its record fifth state title with a 65-61 victory over South Bend Central.
1964 Lafayette Jefferson coach Marion Crawley
wins his fourth state championship joining Glenn Curtis and Everett Case after
his Bronchos defeat
1970 Becoming the fourth ever state champion
without a loss at 28-0, East Chicago Roosevelt tops
1971 Matching its cross-town rival’s feat of a
1971 The last of 41 state finals is contested at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
1972 First of three years the state finals were
played at Assembly Hall in
1975 First state finals at Market Square Arena.
1978 Originally scheduled to be played March 25, winter weather and an energy crunch caused by a coal miners strike force a delay of the state finals until April 15. Muncie Central goes on to win its sixth state championship defeating Terre Haute South in overtime, 65-64, three weeks later than originally anticipated.
1979 Muncie Central repeats as state champion
with a 64-60 victory over
1985 The 75th year of the state basketball
1986 Coach Bill Green of
1988 The three-point field goal is introduced to the high school game.
1988 Muncie Central captures its eighth state
championship with a 76-53 victory over
1990 The state finals are moved to the Hoosier
Dome (renamed RCA Dome in 1994) and draws a national high
school record crowd of 41,046 which sees Damon Bailey lead Bedford North
Lawrence to a 63-60 upset of top-ranked
1996 Ben Davis, making its record-setting
fourth consecutive appearance in the state finals, defeats
1996 Following more than two years of research
and meetings by the Class Sports Study Committee, the IHSAA
1996 In a September 17 vote, the first
referendum of a
1997 Bloomington North defeats Delta, 75-54, in the championship game of the final single class state tournament.
1997 As a compromise with opponents to the multiple class tournament format, the IHSAA Executive Committee adopts the “Tournament of Champions” pitting the four state championship teams into their own tournament the following weekend.
1998 The state tournament is separated into
four different classes based on school enrollment as Pike (Class 4A), Indianapolis Cathedral (3A),
1998 Pike (Class 4A) defeats Lafayette Central Catholic (Class A), 87-44, in the championship game of the Tournament of Champions at the RCA Dome.
1999 At its May 3 meeting, the IHSAA Executive Committee votes to eliminate the Tournament of Champions after two years effective with the 2000 state tournament.
2000 State Finals move to Conseco
Fieldhouse in downtown
2003 Cass (26-0) in Class 2A and Pike (29-0) in 4A become the seventh and eighth teams, respectively, in tournament history to finish the season undefeated with their championship game victories.
2003 In leading Cass to a 57-48 victory over