By MURPHY FAIR
Although new district alignments and assignments have not yet been made for the next four years, high school football fans can now get a pretty good idea of what they will look like for the next four years, beginning with the 2013-2014 school year.
T.S.S.A.A., the state’s governing body for high school sports, has recently posted new enrollment figures for its member schools.
With these numbers now public knowledge, here are some interesting tidbits and facts regarding enrollment:
1. Blackman High School has the largest enrollment in the state – 2,381 students.
2. Memphis Academy of Health Sciences has the smallest enrollment of any football playing school in the state – 99 students.
3. The seven Class AAA high schools in Rutherford County (including the new Stewart’s Creek High School, scheduled to open next fall) will have a combined projected enrollment of 13,837 students. That number exceeds the entire county population of 16 different Tennessee counties.
Along with the enrollment numbers, information that details how schools will be divided into districts and regions was also disclosed.
The 336 football playing schools will first be divided into two groups – Division I and Division II.
The remaining “private schools” that have elected to remain in Division I with public schools will have their enrollment figures multiplied by 1.8. Schools such as Friendship Christian, for example, the state’s defending 2A state champion, has an enrollment of 217 students. Applying the 1.8 multiplier gives Friendship Christian a new enrollment number of 391 and moves the Commanders from 1A to 2A in football. Four additional dates will play a major role in the process. They are:
October 17 – T.S.S.A.A. sends letters to all school administrators, letting them know they have the opportunity to move to a higher classification.
October 24 – Schools that desire to move up in classification have until this date to notify T.S.S.A.A. of that decision.
October 25 – T.S.S.A.A. staff will make district/region assignments suggestions in all sports and send those suggestions to Board of Control members, as well as all member schools. These district assignment suggestions will also be posted on the T.S.S.A.A. website.
November 15 – The Board of Control will meet at the Doubletree Hotel in Murfreesboro at 9 a.m. At this meeting, the districts and regions will be set for the next four years.