North Atlanta, Grady among 7 schools that win appeals to change regions for ‘14-15

North Atlanta and Grady were among seven Georgia high schools won appeals Tuesday to move into a different regions beginning with the 2014-15 academic year.

Also granted appeals by the Georgia High School Association to move were Walnut Grove, Adairsville, Southwest Atlanta Christian, Whitefield Academy and a potential new Meriwether County High to open this fall.

Losing appeals were Milton, Salem, Pike County and Portal. Pike County lost its appeal 6-5.

(See the results of the appeals below and the new region alignments here.)

North Atlanta will join Region 7-AAAAA Subregion B and have North Springs and Riverwood as its closest rivals. Grady moves into  6-AAAA, which originally was an all-DeKalb County region.

Whitefield Academy and Southwest Atlanta Christian, private schools known for their basketball, essentially swapped regions, Whitefield to 6-A and SACA to 5-A.

Other schools losing appeals were Thomas County Central, Lee County and Cook. Those schools requested to play in different classifications, citing the isolation rule, which allows GHSA members to play in different classes if travel is deemed too harsh.

The GHSA will ratify reclassification on Jan. 14.

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January 7th, 2014
6:44 pm

This article is misleading. Cook was “placed” into AAAA though we have AAA enrollment. The GHSA pukes forced Cook to play up into AAAA. Our appeal was to play in AAA, where we belong, just like EVERY OTHER high school in the state gets to play in their classification. Cook got screwed because the GHSA allowed 3 schools near us request to play up thereby “isolating” Cook.
I hope the folks that voted against our appeal catch cancer of the butthole, and their hair and teeth fall out.


January 7th, 2014
7:34 pm

Now, now you were you complaining during this current reclassification cycle (Fall 2012- Spring 2014) when with AAA numbers Cook was placed in AA?


January 7th, 2014
8:30 pm

No one at Cook complained about the 2012-2014 classification. It was justified then, and it wasn’t as if Cook dominated anything during that time period. The GHSA is bi-polar and has no procedure for making decisions. Since when does allowing coaches and former coaches make decisions on behalf of other schools. You can’t tell me that people are objective when it comes to helping or hurting teams that may have beat you in the past or pissed you off. I think that is what happened with Cook. The teams in 1-AAA black-balled the Hornets and the teams in 1-AA black-balled the Hornets by contacting their representative on the executive committee. I would love to see a rationale for their 10-2 decision. Also, am I correct in saying that Cook could appeal one more time to the entire Executive Committee?

That Dude Says...

January 7th, 2014
9:02 pm

Pike Co knew it’s new region really only has two playoff spots. Sandy Creek and Carrollton have two of the four spots pretty much locked up every year. That’s why they appealed their new region.

2AAAAAAFan(Formerly 6AAAAAFan)

January 8th, 2014
4:23 am

I know it’s early and we have a long way before the season kicks off again but just looking over Class 6A I think Tucker has a great chance to compete and advance deep into the playoffs in the upcoming season…We’ll see


January 8th, 2014
8:16 am

For what reason did Walnut Grove have to be moved from the region that they always have been in ? Monroe Area, is only about 7 miles, maybe from WG, did they ask to be relocated, NO !! Maybe they thought they could move into a region as to where they could win football games.

Dekalb Co Guy

January 8th, 2014
9:00 am


I think you are right about Walnut Grove, seems maybe their move might have been inspired by wanting to avoid Buford and Monroe Area. The GHSA seems to have been inconsistent in their moves. Pike Co requested a move to the same region most likely to avoid having to play Sandy Creek and Carrollton, yet they were denied.

Grady’s move was logical as they were only requesting to stay in the same region they have always been in. They would have been forced to make 3 or 4 hour plus drives, and could only imagine the travel headaches they would have had trying to get down 75/85 on Friday evenings for games. So letting them stay made sense.

I think North Atlanta should have been denied as well. I gues they are trying to project a different image and dont want to be grouped with the other APS schools (Mays/Carver) or the Dekalb schools. I guess they got tired of being destroyed by the Dekalb teams. I guess they figure if they can schedule Riverwood and N Springs they have a shot at winning a couple more games.


January 8th, 2014
10:48 am

Also, with the Walnut Grove move, they become the 11th team in that region, I agree with Dekalb Guy, it makes no sense to do this and deny the other schools that make more sense. Someone from the Grove must be related to someone at GHSA.


January 8th, 2014
11:53 am

Agree captain and dekalb. Short drive from Monroe, short drive from North Oconee too. Some teams are scared of Buford!!!

Tha Truth

January 8th, 2014
11:58 am

North Atlanta won and lost !!!….They won the appeal to change regions but lost star player Noah Dickerson who has transferred to Montverde Academy in Florida


January 8th, 2014
12:08 pm

I think region2 AAAAAA needs more teams added, perhaps Langston Hughes and/or Newnan/westlake

Dawg Dawg Dawg

January 8th, 2014
1:22 pm

Chapel Hill HS was placed into AAAA and appealed to AAAAA due to travel and cost issues and won the appeal. Now they’ll be playing close schools with natural rivalry potential..Lithia Springs, New Manchester, Villa Rica, & Alexander…

Dekalb Co Guy

January 8th, 2014
3:02 pm

@Dawg Dawg Dawg

Just curious as to why 2 year ago when Chapel Hill had the same opportunity to play up and play those same schools, they chose to stay in AAA where they had to play teams with teams all over the place from atlanta to lagrange to rockmart, but this time they played up out of concerns for travel? Maybe, but could be that they knew they would be put in that Region 5 with Carrollton and Sandy Creek. The Columbus schools and Lagrange also chose to play up as well.


January 8th, 2014
3:31 pm

Dekald Co Guy

Chapel Hill had a different coach when they originally went through realignment 2 years ago. The new coach came on after everything was already in place.

Big Fan

January 8th, 2014
8:23 pm

Will Grady bring the players from all over the place? Well they got busted but Buford plays by the rules and does the same thing. Amazing how that happens. You just gotta play by the rules set forth.


January 8th, 2014
10:39 pm

Just play ball. No matter where you end up, just play ball. There are many reasons why schools do things but in the end, your team must play ball. You will never find the perfect system because of the demographics and geography of the state. Consider all of it as a challenge. Relay this message to your team. Built in adversity, nothing more than a design flaw and we are the designers.

Warrior Fan

January 9th, 2014
4:45 am

The Walnut Grove move makes sense when you look at total travel distance across all sports, with football being the least of the concerns. Football only travels to each school once every other year, so thats not a big deal. Most other sports play home and away each season, so that’s a lot of trips up to White Co, Stephens Co, Hall Co, etc. The total travel distance from Walnut Grove south to the schools in Region 4 is significantly less than the travel times north to the schools in Region 8.

Besides, Walnut Grove’s football team isn’t strong enough yet for it to matter much who we’re playing.


January 9th, 2014
8:23 am

OK, whatever, believe what you may, WF


January 9th, 2014
9:28 pm

Monroe makes the same trip. Less than 10 miles apart!


January 13th, 2014
11:56 pm

So Walnut Grove is coming into the same region as Griffin? Fresh Bear meat!!. Maybe it will be interesting when they play Locust Grove…battle of the groves or whatever. Also, maybe WG will get an even match up against Spalding….Those Jaguars need someone in the region they have a chance against. I just like good football, and plan on seeing a LOT of teams this next season. I say good luck to Walnut Grove.