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Welcome to The Big 9 Conference!
The schools of the Big 9 Conference hope that you find this website to be a very useful tool. Click on any of the Schools to the right to view their Activity Calendars.

Click on Conference Calendar above to view the complete Calendar of all Big 9 Conference activities.

The Conference was organized on April 28, 1928 at a meeting in Owatonna. The schools that associated themselves together “to promote athletic interests and good fellowship among the schools” were. . . Albert Lea, Austin, Faribault, Owatonna, Mankato, Red Wing, Rochester and Winona. It was then called as you might guess, the Big Eight.

Until the year 1931 the Conference concerned itself only with athletics as that was the avowed purpose of its organization. In 1931 Superintendent Kirk of Faribault questioned the advisability of continuing the Conference, but on the motion of Rochester Superintendent Sanberg, it was decided to go ahead for another year with an expanded program which would include other matters of interest to the high schools than athletics. One year later the music supervisors and assistant coaches were invited to the meeting. As a result of this innovation the first Music Festival came into being and was held in the spring of 1933 in Austin. Since that time the Festival has been an annual affair with the exception of 1943. The first Speech Festival was held in Rochester in the spring of 1940.

Owatonna, a prime mover in organizing, dropped out in 1934 because it did not choose to abide by round - robin schedules drawn up by the committee. Northfield filled the vacancy in the Big Eight, but in 1939 Owatonna rejoined the ranks making the Conference the BIG NINE.
Rochester Mayo became a member in the 1966-67 school year.
Northfield withdrew from membership in 1968-69.
Red Wing resigned as a member of the Conference effective in the fall of 1982.
In 1986 Mankato East and Mankato West dropped out of football competition but rejoined in 1992.
Rochester Century became a member of the Conference in the 1997-98 school year.

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