Classification shifts likely for 23 local high schools

November 10, 2006|By Christian Ewell

Nearly two dozen local schools are expected to change classification for the 2007-08 academic calendar, according to a proposal made yesterday by officials with the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

The proposal - created by the Classification Committee and up for approval in December - would change classifications for 34 schools overall throughout the state.

The MPSSAA's Board of Control will make the decision, which is made every two years and is based on enrollment at the ninth-, 10th- and 11th-grade levels. Afterward, the Classification Committee will divide the schools into regions.

Twelve of the 23 local schools would move up. Most notable is Severna Park and its successful girls programs, which would move up from Class 3A to 4A two years after winning two state championships (cross country and field hockey), taking one individual championship (golf) and appearing in two state finals (lacrosse and softball).

Another program possibly moving up is Westminster, a finalist in 3A football during the 2005-06 academic season, but likely headed to 4A next fall.

Carver A&T would move from 3A to 1A, though the gap between the two classifications is fairly slim - about 160 students.

Carroll County would not have any 3A schools.

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