KSHSAA releases new classifications
Bonner Springs football, Gardner-Edgerton athletics among main changes
The Kansas State High School Activities Association on Tuesday released its school classifications for the 2011-2012 school year, and local schools were not affected by the changes.
Class 6A ranged in enrollment size from 2,308 (Wichita East) to 1,289 (Leavenworth). Shawnee Mission Northwest stood firm at 1,800 students and Shawnee Mission North has 1,546.
In Class 5A, Wichita West is the largest school at 1,281 students and Winfield is the smallest at 720. Mill Valley’s enrollment of 1,140 puts the Jaguars as the ninth-largest 5A school.
Enrollment in Class 4A ranged from 717 (Pittsburg) to 258 (Haven). Bonner Springs is the second largest 4A school with 709 students, while St. James Academy is the fourth largest with 689 and Basehor-Linwood has 607.
Maranatha Academy stands firmly in the middle of Class 2A with an enrollment of 146. The 2A division ranges from 158 to 99 students.
The only notable changes affecting schools in the Kansas City area was Gardner-Edgerton rising from Class 5A to Class 6A.
Other notable changes were Goddard dropping from 6A to 5A, the new Goddard-Eisenhower High opening in 5A and Winfield rising from 4A to 5A. In addition, Pittsburg and McPherson dropped from 5A to 4A; and Larned and Wichita Collegiate rose from 3A to 4A.
Most of the movement occurred in the smaller classifications. Among the major moves there were Pittsburg-St. Mary’s Colgan jumping from 2A to 3A, Russell falling from 4A to 3A, Salina-Sacred Heart rising from 2A to 3A, Moundridge moving up from 2A to 3A, Olpe rising from 1A to 2A, Kansas City Christian falling from 3A to 2A, and Smith Center dropping from 3A to 2A.
Football has its own set of classifications based on a two-year system designed to lock in district assignments. As a result, enrollment numbers for football are calculated every two years and include only freshmen, sophomores and juniors at each school.
Only one of the local schools was affected by the changes, and a few notable programs were, too. Gardner-Edgerton and Hutchinson will rise from 5A to 6A for football during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years. Goddard and Blue Valley West will drop from 6A to 5A, new school Goddard-Eisenhower will debut in 5A and Blue Valley Southwest will rise from 4A to 5A.
In addition, Bonner Springs will drop from 5A to 4A for football, along with McPherson. Meanwhile, Frontenac, Goodland and Wichita-Collegiate will rise from 3A to 4A.
Class 4A programs that will drop to 3A include Haven, Hiawatha, Holcomb and Russell.