The WIAA sponsored boys volleyball as a tournament sport from 1948 to 1982. It was dropped in 1983 because of the low number of participating schools.
In 1991, boys volleyball again received WIAA recognition as a sponsored sport, but the championship tournament series did not resume again until 2000.
Madison West won the first championship held in Madison in 1948. Since then, the tournament has been held in numerous locations including Waukesha, Wisconsin Dells, Portage, Wauwatosa, Antigo, Kaukauna, Whitefish Bay, Neenah and Oshkosh. In 2008, the State Tournament moved from Waukesha West High School, where it had been held since 2000, to Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee.
Waukesha has compiled the most championships with nine before that district divided into separate high schools. Those nine all came during an 11-year period from 1951 to 1961.
Kaukauna has won eight championships, all of them after 1967 when volleyball was changed from an activity that had been squeezed between winter and spring sports to a fall sport.
Since the return of the Tournament Series, Marquette has won the championship six times (2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011). Other winners since the tournament resumed are Catholic Memorial in 2000 and 2010, Pius XI in 2001, Racine Horlick in 2003, Wauwatosa East in 2006, New Berlin Eisenhower/West in 2009 and Appleton North in 2012.
Kaukauna and Waukesha, before it split into separate schools, have appeared in the most State tournaments with 17. Wisconsin High of Madison has appeared in 11 tournaments, and Marquette is next with 11.
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