Updated: GHSA reclass to send Buford, Tucker to higher classes

Buford and Tucker, schools with football teams that are ranked No. 1, will be playing in higher classifications next season.

So will 49 other schools including Calhoun, Cartersvile, Carver-Columbus, St. Pius, Westminster and Woodward Academy.

The Georgia High School Association on Monday placed schools in six classifications for the 2014-15 academic year based on enrollment.

Here are some highlights:

- Buford, which won its 17th state title in 10 years this month (softball), is slated to move to AAAA in 2014. Buford’s football team has won eight state titles since 2001, when the school was in the lowest classification. Buford is favored to win a ninth football championship this year.

- Tucker, which has won state titles in football in 2008 and 2011, will be playing in the highest classification next year for the first time since 1985. The only other DeKalb County school in the highest class with be Lakeside. Stephenson and M.L. King remained in AAAAA.

- Other football powers heading up in class include Jefferson (2012 AA champion) and Calhoun (2011 AA champion). Joining Buford in AAAA will be Carver-Columbus and Cartersville.

- St. Pius, Woodward Academy and Westminster, Atlanta private schools that dominate the all-sports standings, are moving up one class. St. Pius has won three of the past four all-sports Directors Cup awards in Class AAA, while Woodward won the other. Westminster has won four straight in AA. St. Pius will play in AAAA with Woodward and perhaps be rejoined by Marist, a current AAAA member. Westminster will be separated from its Buckhead arch-rival Lovett, which will remain in AA.

- Thirty-four schools will move down in classification unless they choose to remain higher. Those schools include South Atlanta, Therrell, Washington and B.E.S.T. Academy in Atlanta, Morrow, Mount Zion and North Clayton in Clayton County and Southwest DeKalb, Druid Hills and Arabia Mountain in DeKalb County.

Schools have until Dec. 2 to request to play in a higher classification. Marist, for example, typically requests to play in a higher class than Class AA, where its enrollment falls. The GHSA’s reclassification committee will split each classification into eight geographic regions on Dec. 3. Reclassification is scheduled for ratification on Jan. 14.

Here are some GHSA deadlines for the rest of reclass:

Dec. 2 at noon — Deadline for schools to submit their intent to play at a higher classification.

Dec. 3 at 9 am — Meeting of the Reclassification Committee in Thomaston to place schools in regions.

Dec. 13 at noon — Deadline for schools to submit their intent to appeal for a lateral transfer to another region.

Dec. 17 at 9 a.m. — Reclassification Committee will meet in Thomaston to hear appeals for lateral transfers

Jan. 14 at 9 a.m. — The full Executive Committee will meet in Macon to hear final appeals for lateral transfers and to ratify the reclassification plan.

CLASS AAAAAA
Mill Creek 3708
Norcross 3649
Berkmar 3376
Brookwood 3372
Peachtree Ridge 3204
Meadowcreek 3119
Collins Hill 3075
Lowndes 2962
East Coweta 2855
Parkview 2820
North Cobb 2782
Walton 2732
Duluth 2661
Central Gwinnett 2636
Grayson 2631
North Gwinnett 2594
Lambert 2585
Camden County 2573
South Forsyth 2489
Etowah 2440
North Forsyth 2421
South Gwinnett 2405
Campbell 2394
Colquitt County 2346
Archer 2305
Newnan 2292
McEachern 2267
West Forsyth 2257
Roswell 2218
Hillgrove 2177
Shiloh 2177
Cherokee 2154
Pebblebrook 2148
Kennesaw Mountain 2141
Newton 2129
Marietta 2125
Wheeler 2125
Tift County 2099
Alpharetta 2066
Lovejoy 2044
Lassiter 2035
Mountain View 2013
Woodstock 2012
Milton 2010
South Cobb 1998
Osborne 1984
North Paulding 1983
Lakeside, DeKalb 1979
Johns Creek 1974
Valdosta 1968
Harrison 1958
Douglas County 1933
Dacula 1927
Rockdale County 1920
Northview 1903
Centennial 1894
Effingham County 1884
Westlake 1883
Alcovy 1874
Chattahoochee 1850
Evans 1843
Habersham Central 1842
Richmond Hill 1832
Tucker 1832
Pope 1828
Langston Hughes 1808
Lee County 1802
Class AAAAA
Winder-Barrow 1795
Forsyth Central 1791
Allatoona 1790
Coffee 1775
Northgate 1773
Sprayberry 1772
Creekview 1759
Northside, WR 1752
Flowery Branch 1747
Forest Park 1742
Morrow 1737
South Paulding 1723
Woodland (Cartersville) 1720
Mundy’s Mill 1718
Paulding County 1716
Gainesville 1714
Houston County 1712
Bradwell Institute 1709
Greenbrier 1701
Heritage, Conyers 1697
Brunswick 1690
New Manchester 1688
Glynn Academy 1687
McIntosh 1684
Riverwood 1672
Warner Robins 1652
East Paulding 1650
Tri-Cities 1650
Sequoyah 1644
Dalton 1640
Union Grove 1633
Apalachee 1624
Grovetown 1621
Alexander 1618
North Springs 1618
Lanier 1615
Lakeside, Evans 1598
North Atlanta 1596
Ola 1596
Harris County 1584
M.L. King 1571
Hiram 1565
Jones County 1564
Villa Rica 1563
Mays 1562
Dunwoody 1561
Stephenson 1560
Cass 1555
Drew 1555
Rome 1553
River Ridge 1543
Kell 1538
Banneker 1537
Cambridge 1532
Miller Grove 1532
Clarkston 1523
Ware County 1514
Bainbridge 1499
Starr’s Mill 1493
Statesboro 1491
Hardaway 1485
Carver, Atlanta 1483
South Effingham 1476
Clarke Central 1472
Loganville 1467
Druid Hills 1459
Dutchtown 1458
Stockbridge 1446
Cedar Shoals 1445
Creekside 1433
Thomas County Central 1429
Lithia Springs 1416
Salem 1414
Woodland, Henry 1413
CLASS AAAA
Riverdale 1393
Whitewater 1392
Madison County 1374
Wayne County 1374
Arabia Mountain 1363
Griffin 1356
Baldwin 1349
Heritage, Catoosa 1345
Veterans 1344
Eastside 1342
Carrollton 1337
Southeast Whitfield 1336
Mt. Zion, Jonesboro 1333
Grady 1330
LaGrange 1328
Luella 1325
Ridgeland 1325
Northside, Columbus 1324
Fayette County 1322
Troup County 1322
Southwest DeKalb 1320
Jonesboro 1319
Lithonia 1315
Northwest Whitfield 1310
Johnson, Gainesville 1307
Chamblee 1301
Pickens 1293
Columbus 1292
Americus-Sumter 1286
Upson-Lee 1278
Richmond Academy 1277
Walnut Grove 1265
New Hampstead 1261
Perry 1257
Cross Creek 1256
Locust Grove 1255
Chestatee 1243
LaFayette 1239
Spalding 1238
Gilmer 1233
Columbia 1232
Sandy Creek 1207
Shaw 1207
West Laurens 1199
Mary Persons 1190
Chapel Hill 1188
Carver, Columbus 1182
Westover 1181
Cairo 1171
Thomson 1171
Eagle’s Landing 1170
Cross Keys 1150
Burke County 1149
Windsor Forest 1145
Redan 1143
White County 1143
Buford 1141
Stone Mountain 1138
Howard 1137
St. Pius X 1128
Cartersville 1115
Monroe, Albany 1113
Liberty County 1110
North Oconee 1110
Monroe Area 1109
Crisp County 1108
North Hall 1103
Woodward Academy 1103
Stephens County 1099
Pike County 1096
CLASS AAA
Dawson County 1087
Cedartown 1085
Pierce County 1085
Central, Carroll 1079
Haralson County 1069
Central, Macon 1063
West Hall 1061
East Hall 1059
Franklin County 1059
Lumpkin County 1053
Jackson County 1048
Westside, Macon 1046
Rutland 1042
North Murray 1032
Oconee County 1031
Peach County 1025
Henry County 1014
Sonoraville 1014
Jenkins 1012
Cedar Grove 1010
Appling County 1005
Morgan County 998
Calhoun 997
Ringgold 995
Towers 993
Decatur 990
Hephzibah 984
Hart County 975
Blessed Trinity 969
Brantley County 968
Coahulla Creek 963
South Atlanta 962
East Jackson 961
Jackson, Atlanta 960
Dougherty 954
Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 950
Tattnall County 945
Worth County 942
Adairsville 941
Islands 931
Southwest, Macon 930
Hampton (Henry) 925
Cook 917
Albany 912
Beach 909
Beach 909
Rockmart 892
Washington, Atlanta 890
Southeast Bulloch 889
Johnson, Savannah 875
Pepperell 875
Dodge County 872
McNair 869
Banks County 867
Murray County 864
Fannin County 862
Jackson 862
Jefferson 862
Westside, Augusta 861
Therrell 857
Washington County 855
North Clayton 846
Kendrick 841
Callaway 839
Gordon Central 833
Toombs County 831
Westminster 811
Elbert County 810
Douglass 808
Glenn Hills 801
CLASS AA
Berrien 798
Butler 795
Jeff Davis 792
Marist 789
Savannah Arts Academy 787
Spencer 786
Long County 779
Fitzgerald 777
Thomasville 775
Swainsboro 773
Chattooga 769
Union County 754
Jefferson County 751
Vidalia 750
Riverside Military 740
Greater Atlanta Christian 725
Coosa 722
Harlem 719
Jordan 717
Lamar County 713
Oglethorpe County 709
Josey 706
Savannah 700
Groves 696
Hapeville Charter 689
Putnam County 683
Laney 672
Model 666
Bleckley County 665
Rabun County 662
Northeast, Macon 660
Early County 657
Screven County 657
Dade County 648
Benedictine Military 646
Temple 636
Armuchee 634
Lovett 629
East Laurens 628
Dublin 614
Bremen 607
Monticello 603
Coretta Scott King Academy 580
St. Vincent’s Academy 580
Brooks County 579
Heard County 577
Metter 558
Bryan County 545
Bacon County 533
Greene County 524
BEST Academy 518
Crawford County 511
Social Circle 507
Holy Innocents’ 499
Darlington 488
McIntosh County Academy 484
Macon County 483
Pelham 481
Seminole County 477
Chattahoochee County 470
Manchester 467
Atkinson County 465
Gordon Lee 464
Washington-Wilkes 462
Wesleyan 455
Bowdon 442
Pace Academy 438
CLASS A
Irwin County 433
Davidson Magnet 432
Telfair County 431
Trion 425
Commerce 423
Mount de Sales 423
Paideia 420
Mt. Zion, Carroll 419
Taylor County 418
Our Lady of Mercy 413
Wilkinson County 412
Mt. Paran Christian 407
Rabun Gap 403
Eagle’s Landing Christian 403
Rabun Gap Nacoochee 403
Charlton County 398
Terrell County 396
Jenkins County 392
Marion County 391
Hawkinsville 389
Lanier County 387
Savannah Christian Prep 385
Mitchell County 381
Turner County 381
Montgomery County 370
Dooly County 369
Schley County 369
Claxton 368
KIPP Atlanta 366
Towns County 366
Walker School 363
First Presbyterian Day 361
Morris Innovative 358
Johnson, Augusta 353
Greenville 348
Lincoln County 347
Randolph Clay 345
Wilcox County 342
Clinch County 334
Hebron Christian Academy 334
Johnson County 331
Emanuel County Institute 329
Atlanta International School 324
Brookstone 322
Treutlen 318
George Walton Academy 317
Woodville-Tompkins 308
Miller County 302
Hancock Central 301
Stratford Academy 301
Calvary Day 298
Georgia Military Prep 297
Fellowship Christian 292
Providence Christian 292
St. Francis 289
North Cobb Christian 288
DeKalb School of the Arts 287
Athens Academy 286
Mt. Pisgah Christian 284
Pinecrest Academy 275
Prince Avenue Christian 274
Galloway School 269
Landmark Christian 267
Tallulah Falls School 265
Wheeler County 263
Savannah Country Day 256
Aquinas 252
Portal 246
Elite Scholars (Clayton Co.) 242
Mt. Vernon Presbyterian 242
Twiggs County 242
Strong Rock Christian 236
Athens Christian 232
Whitefield Academy 225
Lakeview Academy 224
Echols County 216
Technical Career Magnet 214
Kings Ridge Christian 212
Tattnall Square 207
Glascock County 201
Pacelli 196
Baconton Charter 194
Calhoun County 176
Fulton Science Academy 173
Central, Talbotton 157
Christian Heritage (Dalton) 155
Warren County 141
Stewart County 130
Webster County 120
Yeshiva 107
Ben Franklin Academy 104
Drew Charter 99
Baker County 81
Quitman Co 80
Excel Christian Academy 78
Fulton Leadership Academy 70
Georgia Academy for the Blind 64
Greenforest Christian Academy 61
W.D. Mohammed 54
Taliaferro County 53
Georgia School for the Deaf 52
SW Atlanta Christian Academy 44
Pataula Charter 38
Woody Gap 29

207 comments Add your comment

Cool_Coach1

November 18th, 2013
1:02 pm

Tucker moving into AAAAAA next year…unfortunately they will be one of the smallest schools in the highest classification.

RobFromNorcross

November 18th, 2013
1:16 pm

Coffee and Brunswick dropping from Region 1
Lee County and Effingham County probably added to Region 1

What about Evans? (Augusta) Long way from any other 6A schools

Morrow and Druid Hills dropping from Region 2
Tri-Cities dropping from Region 3

WolfDawg

November 18th, 2013
1:22 pm

Looking forward to the new “Meat” in AAAA..

Yo Cool –

Gotta play ya where they lay ya…

Silver Creek Dawg

November 18th, 2013
1:29 pm

Interesting look at the Savannah schools. WF in AAAA, everybody else is AAA or smaller. Guess they’ll be playing up.

No way Effingham and Richmond Hill join 1-AAAAAA. Travel is WAY too far. Camden is an hour away for RH; everybody is 3 hrs or so. They will join with Evans (about 2 hrs) to form a region is my bet.

Patrick

November 18th, 2013
1:32 pm

Rob Fm Nor, don’t forget about Richmond Hill. Listed in 6A now, pretty good this year, in the playoffs, and not that far from Camden County and Effingham Co.

Patrick

November 18th, 2013
1:39 pm

Can’t even imagine a school with 29 kids (Woody Gap in A) fielding a football team. Even if every player went both ways that would be half the school almost !
SCD, didn’t see your post before mine posted. Guess I was typing. Somewhat related.

Orrr

November 18th, 2013
1:42 pm

@WolfDawg: “Gotta play where they lay ya” . . . Or, choose to play up because your school likes the competition

CoffeeC100

November 18th, 2013
1:43 pm

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Effingham County and Richmond Hill declare travel hardship and wind up in region 3-5A with Coffee, Brunswick, South Effingham, Glynn Academy and the rest of the AAAAA Savannah schools.

Cool_Coach1

November 18th, 2013
1:45 pm

@WolfDawg I found it interesting that there was alomost no talk last week about school size until teams started losing!? I hope everbody gets assigned where they’re “comfortable”.

Augustabred

November 18th, 2013
1:45 pm

I’m sure Evans will file a grievance and stay in 5A. Glenn Hills would probably do the same and drop to AA.

Camden74

November 18th, 2013
1:46 pm

Sorry to see Coffee and Brunswick leave R1, 6A. We were just starting to reignite our old rivalry! Hopefully, they’ll stay on the schedule……. :-)

RobFromNorcross

November 18th, 2013
1:50 pm

They should move Lovejoy to Region 1 and then combine the remnants of Reg 2 and 3.

"THE CANNON RULES"

November 18th, 2013
1:56 pm

@ Cool_Coach1…

EAST did that in 08 & 09 when they moved up as one of the smallest (if not the smallest) school in the highest classification. Worked out OK in 08 going 9 / 3 and 2nd round of the playoffs losing to GRAYSON 17 / 7 but not so good in 09 going 6 / 4 and missing the playoffs! NORTH opened the following year and took several hundred students from EAST so it’s never been an issue since…EAST falls in the middle now of it’s classification. GOOD LUCK!

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!

GO RAIDERS!!!!

Go Raiders ( Mays)

November 18th, 2013
2:06 pm

Carver Atlanta welcome to 5A !!!!!!

Johnny Too Good

November 18th, 2013
2:15 pm

@Silver Creek, nah the Savannah schools have been following their correct placement. Johnson, Savannah, Beach, Coastal, and New Hampstead all played in 3A last year and there has been more success when in their proper classes

Shark

November 18th, 2013
2:19 pm

So how often do teams appeal and get to play down a classification? Seems to me that defeats the purpose of using enrollment to determine classification. Maybe we should just let teams pick and choose their class based on their perceived quality of athletics. Or maybe base class on playoff appearances in all sports. 0-3 move down, 3-9 same, 10+ move up one. The cream would rise to the top after about 2 cycles….

yo

November 18th, 2013
2:22 pm

Hey Buford. Please note you have the right to petition to play up in 6A and show us up here how football is really played. We know how bad you are just dying to prove you are the BEST team in all classifications. Come get us Bully Buford.

AVikingFan

November 18th, 2013
2:26 pm

I think we will see an attempt to sub-divide region 1-AAAAAA before we would see 9 Regions, in response to Silver Creek Dawg’s above comment. Camden, Richmond Hill, Evans, Effingham County, and Coffee (?) in one subregion and Tift, Lee, Colquitt, Lowndes and Valdosta in the other.

AVikingFan

November 18th, 2013
2:29 pm

A team can choose to play “up” but not “down”. A team can however, appeal to the GHSA as a hardship and ask to be allowed to play “down” because of excessive travel. It has been granted in the past but on very rare occasions.

AVikingFan

November 18th, 2013
2:32 pm

Yea yea Buford, bows your time. Play “up” and ask to be in 7-AAAAAA. Show the world what you got (or don’t have)!

AVikingFan

November 18th, 2013
2:33 pm

“NOW’S” your time

Camden74

November 18th, 2013
2:35 pm

There is NO WAY the former 2A bullies will petition to move up! They don’t have it in them!!!! :-)

PiusDad

November 18th, 2013
2:44 pm

Hopefully Marist petitions for 4A again, would love to renew that rivalry!

Watching

November 18th, 2013
2:47 pm

On the GHSA website listing there is a proposed Meriwether County school- its projected FTE # 815 is also the sum of Manchester 467 and Greenville’s 348…. the AJC omitted this proposed school in its listing.

Tiger4Life

November 18th, 2013
2:48 pm

Mill Creek is double the size of the bottom 8 school 0_0 I think that’s kind of crazy…
But I do know..
We will compete no matter who is lined up in front of us
We will never quit no matter the score
We stay relentless on defense and continuously hit people in the mouth
We will still have play makers in open space on offense

WE ARE TUCKER
Run With Us or Run From Us

Tiger4Life

November 18th, 2013
2:52 pm

I wouldn’t be worried until the playoffs, Tucker will play in the same cupcake region that Stephenson and MLK ran for the last 6 Years.

TuckerD

November 18th, 2013
2:56 pm

Tiger4Life – We will show THEM that we can play in the highest classification, Lovejoy, Gwinnet Co. and South GA.

WE ARE TUCKER!!!

PiusDad

November 18th, 2013
2:56 pm

Better yet, would love to see BT opt up as well and we could have a region with Pius, BT, Marist, and Woodward. That would be great competition

As it Stands

November 18th, 2013
2:58 pm

Am I the only one that noticed that Lovejoy & Tucker might be playing in the same region???

hamilton

November 18th, 2013
3:05 pm

Assuming Marist plays up, AAAA in Fulton/DeKalb Co will be awesome- SPX, Marist, SWD, WA, Chamblee, Coulmbia, Cross Keys – a battle ROYALE. I can hardly wait.

gomez3000

November 18th, 2013
3:05 pm

Tucker in Region 2? Yuck. They are closer to all the schools in Region 8 than Region 2.

I mean Parkview is next door to Tucker. Berkmar, Brookwood, Shiloh and even Central Gwinnett are closer than anyone in Region 2.

J

November 18th, 2013
3:05 pm

Am I the only one that believes Tucker should stay down!

captain

November 18th, 2013
3:06 pm

According to the numbers from AJC a couple of weeks ago, it had Monroe Area with AAA numbers (1056) it’s going to be interesting to see what teams the GHSA has 8AAAA for the next 2 years.

TuckerD

November 18th, 2013
3:06 pm

As it Stands – No you are not the only one that noticed…Would like to play some Gwinnett and South GA Schools too

TuckerD

November 18th, 2013
3:07 pm

J – why should we stay down???

hamilton

November 18th, 2013
3:08 pm

And Grady! Oh yeah!

TuckerD

November 18th, 2013
3:15 pm

gomez3000 – i agree with you we should be playing those Gwinnet Co. Schools and schedule a South GA Team and Stephenson and/or MLK to showcase the top teams in the County

gomez3000

November 18th, 2013
3:16 pm

@Hamilton – I doubt that Cross Keys would play anyone from that region in football. They need to stick with who they schedule now. Now in soccer, maybe.

RobFromNorcross

November 18th, 2013
3:18 pm

They should consider moving Habersham to 6-AAAAAA with the Forsyth schools

trojan power

November 18th, 2013
3:18 pm

Its official. AAAA will be the strongest classification in the state. You already have Perennial powers like Sandy Creek, Carrollton, Marist, Griffin. Now u add Buford, Carver Columbus, St Pius, Cartersville. Wow!! Its gone be like the SEC. Bufords reign Stops Now!! Welcome all newcomers! Better get your game up!!

Football Guru

November 18th, 2013
3:19 pm

VERY INTERESTING! Tucker moving up to 6A: Could possibly be placed in Region 7 with Norcross, North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge, and Mill Creek OR be in Region 8 with Archer, Grayson, Parkview, and Brookwood. Also, the move up for Buford will make them play the likes of Carrollton, Burke County, and SANDY CREEK in the playoffs!!! Another interesting move is Lee County going up to 6A….it adds another South Georgia team to High Mileage Region 1

Football Guru

November 18th, 2013
3:21 pm

@RobfromNorcross Habersham should be moved to Region 6

trojan power

November 18th, 2013
3:21 pm

Really? So your gonna have Carver-Columbus, Sandy Creek and Carrollton. In the same region. CRAZY!!!!

itsonlywrite

November 18th, 2013
3:22 pm

wowsers… cant wait to see Sandy Creek vs Buford. I feel for Tucker, its gonna be a different ball game for them. But I think they can hang though.

#ELEPHANTNATION

TuckerD

November 18th, 2013
3:31 pm

itsonlywrite – were going to be just fine, we will leave down in 5A fighting for leftovers.

gomez3000

November 18th, 2013
3:35 pm

@TuckerD – If by some miracle Tucker ended up in Region 8 the Gwinnett schools would not want to travel to Adams Stadium. Tucker would probably play at Halford for home games.

It’s a moot point though as I bet they put Lakeside and Tucker in Region 2 since Druid Hills is leaving that region. That is not what I would choose, but I’m just a lowly taxpayer who pays for the buses and gas. Oh, and South Gwinnett High is closer to Tucker too.

Todd Holcomb

November 18th, 2013
3:36 pm

”A team can choose to play “up” but not “down”. A team can however, appeal to the GHSA as a hardship and ask to be allowed to play “down” because of excessive travel. It has been granted in the past but on very rare occasions.”

That’s basically true, although technically, a school cannot ask for a hardship to play down. The reclass committee must make that decision on its own while coming up with regions. If the committee sees an isolated school during that process and sees a natural fit in the lower class, the committee can make that call.

R31768 Pack

November 18th, 2013
3:44 pm

Wow, I feel for Lee County (1802) vs. Mill Creek (3708). As a Colquitt fan, I hope we always play in the highest classification regardless of the number but it appears that the gap is very wide in 6A. GHSA has got a problem building. I have never played the numbers card but this may be too much. Lee County had an above average football team this year but I don’t see them having a chance in 6A.

A Fan

November 18th, 2013
3:44 pm

Hate to see N.P. moving up but at least E.P. will still have Allatoona to can. :-) Sorry, couldn’t resist.

Todd Holcomb

November 18th, 2013
3:45 pm

Thanks, Watching. It looks like the GHSA has made some other minor adjustments since we downloaded their morning numbers. Here is what the GHSA has -

http://www.ghsa.net/sites/default/files/documents/reclassification/2014-16_Reclassification_Classes.pdf