It appears John Tyler High School will be moving to Class 5A, while Tyler Lee will stay in Class 6A, according to classification numbers released Wednesday by the University Interscholastic League.
The Class 6A cutoff numbers are 2,190 and above, while 5A is between 1,150 and 2,189.
Thus, Robert E. Lee will be one of the smaller 6A schools with 2,222 enrollment, while JT will be one of the bigger 5A schools with 2,153 enrollment.
While there’s still a small chance there will be some changes, JT football coach Ricklan Holmes said he felt it was “98 percent certain” JT will be in Class 5A Division I for the next two school years.
“We have gone back-and-forth for a few years, but football is football and competition is competition,” Holmes said. “It is the same talent and skill level.”
The UIL said the district alignment will be announced in February for 2018 through 2020. For the first time Class 5A will be divided into Division I and Division II districts, just like 4A and below, before the postseason. In the past, Class 5A Division I and II were adjusted after the season for the playoffs.
The following are the numbers released by the UIL.
6A 2190 and above - 253 schools (basketball); 252 schools (football)
5A 1150–2189 - 254 schools (basketball); 253 schools (football)
4A 505–1149 - 191 schools (basketball); 183 schools (football)
3A 225–504 - 232 schools (basketball); 211 schools (football)
2A 105–224 - 198 schools (basketball); 187 schools (football)
1A 104.9 and below - 211 schools (basketball); 142 schools (football)
1A – 5A Football Division I and Division II Numbers
5A Division I 1840–2189 (126 schools)
5A Division II 1150–1839 (127 schools)
4A Division I 790–1149 (93 schools)
4A Division II 505–789 (90 schools)
3A Division I 335–504 (106 schools)
3A Division II 225–334 (105 schools)
2A Division I 161.5–224 (94 schools)
2A Division II 105–161.4 (93 schools)
1A Division I 55.5–104.9 (73 schools)
1A Division II 55 and below (69 schools)
Along with John Tyler, it appears Lufkin will be moving down to 5A as the Lufkin ISD turned in 2,158 enrollment. Also, Longview (2242.5) should stay in 6A with Lee.
The other school in East Texas that could be classified in 5A Division I would be Texas High of Texarkana. The Northeast Texas school has an enrollment of 1,874.
Other East Texas schools moving down include:
Class 4A Division I to 4A Division II - Bullard, 773; Brownsboro, 766; Center, 739; Texarkana Liberty-Eylau, 693.
Class 4A Division II to 3A Division I - Diboll, 498; Atlanta, 478; Tatum, 476; Gladewater, 474.
Class 3A Division I to 3A Division II - Grand Saline, 309; Quitman, 293.
Class 3A Division II to 2A Division I - Como-Pickton, 223; Harleton, 223; Beckville, 208; Garrison, 201.
Class 2A Division I to 2A Division II - Simms James Bowie, 151.
East Texas schools moving up include:
Class 3A Division II to 3A Division I - Crockett, 363; Hooks, 352; West Rusk, 336.
2A Division II to 2A Division I - Timpson, 180; Tenaha, 171.5.
As far as district alignments, Holmes said there are many possibilities.
In 6A, it’s possible Lee and Longview will remain in a district with the Rockwall schools (Rockwall, 2,615; Rockwall-Heath, 2,449) and the Mesquite schools (Mesquite, 2,895; North Mesquite, 2,808; Mesquite Horn, 2,387). Two years ago Lee was with the Garland schools, but Garland ISD has seven 6A schools and it is unlikely the UIL would group REL and Longview with them.
It’s possible JT, Texas High and Lufkin will form a district with some Metroplex schools. Or JT and Texas High could be in a district together and Lufkin goes south.
Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD has three 5A D-I schools in Turner (2,087), Newman Smith (1,996) and Creekview (1,942). Also the Dallas ISD has four 5A D-I schools in Bryan Adams (2,038), Sunset (1,991), Samuel (1,956) and Woodrow Wilson (1,866). Also, Highland Park is at 2,180 and McKinney North is at 2,118.
Conroe has a 5A D-I school in Caney Creek (2,099), while College Station ISD has College Station (2,009).
Class 5A Division II teams in or near the Piney Woods area include: Greenville (1,433), Hallsville (1,461), Jacksonville (1,313), Kaufman (1,207), Lindale (1,154), Longview Pine Tree (1,307), Marshall (1,407), Mount Pleasant (1,515), Nacogdoches (1,756), Sherman (1,937), Sulphur Springs (1,218), Terrell (1,197) and Whitehouse (1,379).
Near East Texas are Forney ISD’s North Forney (1,579) and Forney (1,445). Although technically not East Texas, Corsicana (1,661) and Ennis (1,665) have been grouped with Piney Woods teams in the past.
Preliminary enrollments have been released to increase transparency and provide for additional verification of enrollment figures, the UIL said. These figures were submitted by school districts based on enrollment on Oct. 27. Preliminary enrollment numbers can be found at http://www.uiltexas.org/athletics/conference-cutoffs.
The 2018-20 alignments will be released Feb. 1 for football and basketball. District alignments for other activities will be released in the order of their seasons.