After much discussion, deliberation, and preparation the MID PENN CONFERENCE opened the gates and began operations in the 1982-1983 school year. Twenty-seven schools; Big Spring, Bishop McDevitt, Boiling Springs, Camp Hill, Carlisle, Cedar Cliff, Central Dauphin, Central Dauphin East, Chambersburg, Cumberland Valley, Delone Catholic, East Pennsboro, Harrisburg, Hershey, Lower Dauphin, Mechanicsburg, Middletown, Milton Hershey, Northern York, Palmyra, Red Land, Shippensburg, Steelton-Highspire, Susquehanna Township, Susquenita, Trinity, and West Perry, from 4 athletic leagues; Blue Mountain, Capital Area, South Central and Tri-Valley, and 7 counties in the P.I.A.A. District III; Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, Perry, and York, became the largest athletic conference in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
During the spring of 1985 Delone Catholic left the conference and in 1992, after 10 years of competition, the MPC added 8 additional schools to the mix; Bermudian Springs, Biglerville, Fairfield, Gettysburg, Greencastle-Antrim, James Buchanan, Scotland, and Waynesboro, bringing its total membership to thirty-four.
During the spring of 2004 three schools indicated their intentions of leaving the Conference. So, while Bermudian Springs, Biglerville, and Fairfield departed, Altoona, Hollidaysburg, and State College were admitted for the purpose of competing in football only in the AAAA classification beginning in the fall of 2004.
At the conclusion of the 2005-2006 school year Hollidaysburg departed from its football only status as did Altoona at the conclusion of the 2008-2009 school year. Also, as a result of state budget problems, The Scotland School for Veterans Children was closed by the Governor at the conclusion of the 2008-2009 school term..
In 2006-2007 the Mid Penn Conference began its 25th year as an athletic conference which was celebrated on Thursday, April 10, 2008 at the Hotel Carlisle off the Harrisburg Pike, Carlisle, PA.
In 2012-2013 the Mifflin County School District and State College were admitted into the Mid Penn Conference for the purpose of competing in the High School Divisions in all sports, while at the end of the 2013-2014 school year Gettysburg and Susquenita left the conference.
In 2018-19 the Mid Penn welcomed back Altoona as an Associate Member in the Commonwealth Division in the sports of Football, Girl’s Basketball, Boys Basketball and Boy’s Volleyball. Baseball, Softball and Girl’s Volleyball memberships were approved to be added in the 2020-21 school year scheduling cycle.
In 2018-19 the Conference also approved Football Associate Memberships for neighboring Tri Valley Schools; Halifax, Juniata, Line Mountain, Newport, Susquenita and Upper Dauphin. James Buchanan along with the six Tri Valley schools will form the Liberty Division and begin competing for a Mid Penn Divisional Championship in 2020-21.
MPC MISSION STATEMENT
Since its formation in 1982, the Mid Penn Conference has directed and organized interscholastic athletic competitions, conducted tournaments, established athletic guidelines, divisional alignments and prescribed eligibility rules for student-athletes in accordance with the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA). The Mid Penn Conference competes in the PIAA and is geographically located in alignment within District 3. The Mid Penn Conference also facilitates and assists its members in maintaining interscholastic athletic programs compatible with the highest standards of education and competitive sports.
The Mid Penn Conference crowns team or individual champions in 22 sports-11 girls’ sports and 11 boys’ sports. They include baseball, b/g basketball, b/g cross country, field hockey, football, b/g golf, b/g lacrosse, b/g soccer, softball, b/g swimming and diving, b/g tennis, b/g track and field, b/g volleyball and wrestling.
The Mid Penn’s mission statement reflects the priorities of the conference. “The purpose of the Mid Penn Conference is to assist and serve its member schools in the maintenance of programs of interscholastic athletics which are compatible with the highest standards of education, integrity, sportsmanship and competitive sports.”
Mid Conference sportsmanship policy reflects the conference’s commitment to the following core principles.
Coaches and student-athletes of a Mid Penn Conference member school, as well as individuals employed by or associated with that school district, including alumni, fans, patrons and boosters, shall conduct themselves with honesty and good sportsmanship. Their behavior shall at all times reflect high standards of honor and dignity that characterize participation in the scholastic setting.
For interscholastic athletics to promote the character and development of participants, to enhance the integrity of education and to promote civility in society, coaches, student-athletes, and all others associated with these athletic programs and events should adhere to such fundamental values as respect, fairness, civility, honesty and responsibility. These values should be manifested not only in athletics participation but also in the broad spectrum of activities affecting the athletics program.
It is the responsibility of each member school to establish policies for sportsmanship and ethical conduct in interscholastic athletics consistent with the educational mission and goals of the school district. Furthermore, member school districts are responsible for educating on a continuing basis all constituencies about these policies.