Porter's Corner

Henry Van Arsdale Porter, better known as H. V. Porter, was born in Manito, Illinois and was a high school teacher, coach and principal before joining the IHSA staff in 1928. In addition to being an innovative administrator, Porter enjoyed a special gift for writing essays, poems, and stories. He penned his most famous piece in a 1939 essay entitled "March Madness" that appeared in the IHSA magazine Illinois High School Athlete. Porter is now world renowned for coining the term "March Madness" and his legacy lives on each winter via the IHSA and NCAA basketball tournaments.

In continuing the tradition of H.V.’s love with the written word, the IHSA is proud to offer this space known as Porter’s Corner. Throughout the school year, we will offer content on a wide-range of topics relating to the IHSA mission, featuring writing from current and former IHSA member school principals, coaches, students, administrators, officials, IHSA staff members and other special guests along the way.

Do you have a piece you'd like to submit to Porter's Corner? Contact Matt Troha for more information.

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I’m not quite sure what qualifies a former college basketball coach to assess the state of high school sports, but last week in USA Today’s online edition, the following headline caught my attention: “Former college coach proposes ending high school sports.” Wow! This... Read more
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When the IHSA invited us to write a column explaining the role and mission of the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA), I called upon my long-ago career as a sports editor to try and find a proper analogy for Porter’s Corner. In team sports terms, the IASA is like a center in f... Read more
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As a sports medicine physician, I have seen and been asked about many “hot topics” through the years. None, however, have caught the attention of so many people as that of concussions. From parents of Pop Warner football players all the way up to our own US Congress, a nation continues to be perplex... Read more
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National High School Activities Week provides schools with the opportunity to recognize young people, their coaches and sponsors, and their communities for all their efforts in helping students become better citizens,   “Community Service Participation Day” – Saturday, October 15, 2011 Com... Read more
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Dyett High School is a Class 2A sized IHSA member school in inner city Chicago that recently won the 2011 "Rise Up" extreme high school makeover sponsored by ESPN. It all started in late May when we received a phone call from one of the executive producers of the show telling us that they were in r... Read more
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As the school year begins, it’s a good time for all of us to reflect on the important role officials play in education based interscholastic programs. Most, if not all officials, get involved in high school sports because they love the game and they want to give back to young people. We know for a f... Read more
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"March Madness," the term used to describe the excitement surrounding the Illinois state high school basketball tournaments, first appeared in print in 1939. It was coined by Henry V. Porter, who started his career as a teacher and coach at Athens High School in central Illinois. In 1924, Porter led... Read more