4-Year Reclassification: Few Changes in Class A

November 12, 2009

The Georgia High School Association has released the reclassification assignments for the next four years, and only a few changes will impact Class A.

However, one of those changes means a major player returns to the small school football wars, as Charlton County moves down from Class AA. The Indians last competed in Class A in 1999, when they won the state title with a win in Lincolnton.

Most familiar names in Class A football stayed in Class A. This includes Washington-Wilkes, which will be the 9th largest school in the Class with 468 students. Lincoln County is 22nd with 431, just ahead of Wesleyan's 429.

Five schools who played in the GISA this year are listed in GHSA Class A: First Presbyterian, George Walton Academy, Pinecrest Academy, Strong Rock Academy, and King's Ridge.

Greene County, thought to be moving down, barely stayed in AA; the Tigers will be the smallest AA school, just 1.5 students over the 525 limit for Class A.

Thomson remains in Class AAA with Grovetown, Burke County and Washington County. Harlem dropped to AA while Evans, Greenbrier, and Lakeside are in AAAA. Evans remains the largest school in the Augusta area with 1,819 students.

Valdosta qualified for Class AAAA, but we expect them to petition to stay in AAAAA. Northside Warner Robins also qualified for AAAA after a 2-year stint racking up wins in AAAAA.

Brookwood High is the largest school with 3,433 students. Woody Gap High, deep in the Chattahoochee National Forest in Suches, is the smallest in the GHSA with 35 students in grades 9-12.

Teams will be assigned to regions after all count and Class appeals are decided.

For the first time in the GHSA, this classification will stand for 4 years, rather than the two year cycle that has been used in the past. Only schools with a change of at least 20% (up or down) in their enrollment can ask to be reclassified after two years.

[GHSA.net: 20-10-14 Classifications]