The Mississippi High School Athletic Association encourages academic scholarship and achievement while promoting extracurricular activities among students. Operated by the state's secondary schools, the organization also plans and directs a variety of competitions.
Despite its name, the Mississippi High School Athletic Association manages academic events as well as athletic competitions. These academically based activities include debate and writing contests. The arts are also included in the Association's provision of services, with music and theater competitions.
The MHSA sponsors clinics to train and monitor a variety of referees, umpires and various other officials. The goal of the organization is to develop increased academic achievement through interscholastic activities.