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The Indiana Schools Speech and Debate Association began in 1928 as the Indiana State Debating League. In 1943 the name was changed to the Indiana High School Forensics Association when Speech events were added to the season of competitions.

In 2021 member schools voted to change the name of the organization to the Indiana Schools Speech & Debate Association. Membership is open to any Middle or High School in the state of Indiana.


Our Mission

Strengthening the voices of Indiana students through speech and debate education

Our Objectives

  • Advocate for for Speech and Debate education for ALL Indiana students

  • Create tournament experiences to encourage personal growth for all participants

  • Prepare students to be effective life long communicators

  • Provide high quality coach education and professional development