A total of 97 schools won one or more of the 127 team Finals championships awarded by the Michigan High School Athletic Association during the 2011-12 school year. Four schools – Grosse Pointe South, Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice, Marquette and Houghton – tied for the high with four championships apiece.
A total of 18 schools won multiple titles, including Birmingham Seaholm, which won in Division 2 girls tennis and is the primary school in the Birmingham United co-op program that won in Division 1 girls lacrosse. In addition to those schools that won four championships, four more won three titles: Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood, St. Ignace, Detroit Country Day and Ishpeming Westwood.
One-third of this year’s champions – 43 of the 127 – were repeat winners from 2010-11. Of those multiple winners, 19 claimed titles for at least the third straight season. The Lake Leelanau St. Mary boys golf team’s Lower Peninsula Division 4 title was its school’s first MHSAA championship in any sport.
Sixteen of the MHSAA's 28 championship tournaments are unified, involving teams from the Upper and Lower Peninsulas, while separate competition to determine titlists in both Peninsulas is conducted in remaining sports.
Click for a sport-by-sport listing of MHSAA champions for 2011-12.
PHOTO: The Birmingham United girls lacrosse team celebrated its Division 1 championship earlier this month at Rockford High School.