What Does CIF Stand for in High School Sports?

In high school sports, CIF stands for California Interscholastic Federation. It is an academic institution that supervises secondary inter-school sports competitions in California, USA.

The CIF, founded in 1914, is headquartered at 4658 Duckhorn Drive, Sacramento, California. It was established by a small group of school principals who aimed to create guidelines for interscholastic sports activities. Part of the organization's mission statement is to advocate gender equity, quality, character and academic development not only for the students, but for the adults as well. The CIF conducts secondary state championships in basketball, football, volleyball, track and field, wrestling, lacrosse, swimming and diving. Some of the awards given by the CIF include Academic State Champions, Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Model Coach Award.