Next Year High School Sport Classifications
April 5, 2018
In Lansing this past week the new classification breaks will see 22 schools move up in class for 2018-19, while 15 schools will move down. Effective with the 2018-19 school year, schools with 885 or more students are in Class A. The enrollment limits for Class B are 398-884, Class C is 194-397, and schools with enrollments of 193 and fewer are Class D. The break between Classes A and B increased four students from 2017-18, the break between Classes B and C decreased eight students, and the break between Classes C and D is nine students fewer than the current school year.
Schools recently were notified of their classification on March 26th and 27th, 2018 by MHSAA Executive Director John E. "Jack" Roberts who stated, schools may not after lower their enrollment figure. However, if revised enrollment figures should be higher and indicate that a school should be playing in a higher division, that school would be moved up.
Schools have the option to play at any higher division for a minimum of two years, however must exercise the option by April 15 for fall sports, August 15 for winter sports and October 15 for spring sports. By the way, divisions and qualifiers for the MHSAA Football Playoffs will be announced on Selection this year on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. Here are the schools that were effected below. Schools in the Telegram reading areas are in bold print.
Moving Up From Class B to Class A. Detroit Mumford, Flint Southwestern, Haslett, Jackson Northwest, New Boston Huron and River Rouge.
Moving Down From Class A to Class B. Battle Creek Harper Creek, Detroit Cody, Farmington Hills Harrison, Hazel Park, and Stevensville Lakeshore.
Moving Up From Class C to Class B. Constantine, Detroit Henry Ford, Detroit Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, Detroit School of Arts, Houghton, Negaunee, Pinconning, and Wixom St. Catherine of Siena.
Moving Down From Class B to Class C. Dearborn Advanced Technology Academy, Ecorse, Harrison and Millington.
Moving Up From Class D to Class C. Bark River-Harris, Big Rapids Crossroads Academy, Hope of Detroit Academy, Mesick, Morenci, Munising, Rogers City, and Wyoming Potter's House Christian.
Moving Down From Class C to Class D. Detroit Southeastern, Mendon, New Buffalo, Pittsford, Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary, and Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central.
New Postseason Eligible Tournament Schools in 2018-19. Dearborn Heights WISE Academy, Pontiac Arts & Technology Academy, and Taylor (created from a merger of Taylor Truman and Taylor Kennedy).