November 12, 2014

Reclassification/Realignment for Fall 2015 through Spring 2017

by Carey Meitzler

First and foremost, this is not official (not from Mississippi High School Activities Association).

The enrollment numbers are from the MHSAA (link to numbers on MHSAA site).

For those unfamiliar with how the cutoff works, the top 32 are Class 6A and 33-64 are 5A.

Here is a link to the current alignments (current football divisions)

The view below makes a lot of sense if you put a map in front of you. 

Jackson Provine drops from 6A to 5A. 

Since Jackson Wingfield is already in Region 3, it would be logical to place Provine in the same

Region.  Lanier and Provine are only a few miles apart, so you could move Provine into Lanier's

spot and put Lanier in the South.  Either way, to keep the numbers in each Region even, one of the

two should go into Region 3.

The longest trip in this region as of today is Wayne County traveling to Natchez which according to

Google Maps is 175 miles.

If Provine (or Lanier) goes into Region 3, then move Pearl River Central into one of the openings

created when East Central drops to 4A and George County moves up to 6A.   

Hattiesburg, currently 6A, is moving to 5A and could take the other opening.

Done, right?

As ESPN's Lee Corso would say "not so fast my friend".

Pearl and Callaway, currently in Class 5A Region 2 are moving up to Class 6A.

Grenada, currently in Class 6A Region 1, is moving down to Class 5A.

You could put Pearl in Class 6A Region 3 to replace Provine. 

Callaway could take Greenville's spot in Class 6A Region 2 and then move

Greenville to Region 1 to replace Grenada which would put Greenville closer

to its opponents than they are today.

Again, I stress that this is not official from the MHSAA; only my point of view on what the

numbers and geographics would allow one to do for the realignment.

School
Enrollment
      Class
Region
Count
WEST JONES HIGH SCHOOL
792
5A
3
1
BROOKHAVEN HIGH SCHOOL
804
5A
3
2
WINGFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
821
5A
3
3
LAUREL HIGH SCHOOL
828
5A
3
4
SOUTH JONES HIGH SCHOOL
839
5A
3
5
NATCHEZ HIGH SCHOOL
901
5A
3
6
WAYNE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
983
5A
3
7
PROVINE HIGH SCHOOL
1086
5A
3
8
STONE HIGH SCHOOL
779
5A
4
1
GAUTIER HIGH SCHOOL
829
5A
4
2
PEARL RIVER CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
846
5A
4
3
LONG BEACH SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
883
5A
4
4
PICAYUNE MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
981
5A
4
5
WEST HARRISON HIGH SCHOOL
1017
5A
4
6
HATTIESBURG HIGH SCHOOL
1043
5A
4
7
PASCAGOULA HIGH SCHOOL
1080
5A
4
8
HOLMES COUNTY CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
765
5A
north
NEW HOPE HIGH SCHOOL
786
5A
north
LANIER HIGH SCHOOL
790
5A
north
CANTON PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL
820
5A
north
RIDGELAND HIGH SCHOOL
845
5A
north
NESHOBA CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
895
5A
north
WEST POINT HIGH SCHOOL
918
5A
north
VICKSBURG HIGH SCHOOL
1019
5A
north
CLARKSDALE HIGH SCHOOL
789
5A
north
LEWISBURG HIGH SCHOOL
884
5A
north
CENTER HILL HIGH SCHOOL
931
5A
north
GERMANTOWN HIGH SCHOOL
936
5A
north
LAKE CORMORANT HIGH
939
5A
north
SALTILLO HIGH SCHOOL
958
5A
north
OXFORD HIGH SCHOOL
1074
5A
north
GRENADA HIGH
1079
5A
north