Robert E. Lee is the lone East Texas team in high school’s highest classification.
The release Monday morning of the University Interscholastic League’s cutoff numbers for reclassification and realignment put the “new” 6A cutoff at 2,100 and above.
Lee turned in 2,547 enrollment figures, while John Tyler (2,000.5), Longview (2,066) and even Lufkin (2,088) make up the old 4A, which is now Class 5A.
Rod Kaspar, Tyler ISD athletic director, said this was about what he had expected.
“They went up (a little more) in 6A, but it still sounds about right, and (2,100 and above) is a good number,” Kaspar said.
Kaspar envisions the possibility of John Tyler, Longview (2,063), Lufkin (2,088), Whitehouse (1,405), Nacogdoches (1,645) and Jacksonville (1,210) in the same district.
“That could be a great district if that is the way the UIL wants to go,” Kaspar said. “Longview could also go north with Hallsville, Marshall and that group, so it will be interesting how the UIL separates the schools.”
Lee is a free agent as the lone 6A, and Kaspar said the Red Raiders could go with its usual district foes in Mesquite, Rockwall and two other schools to replace Longview and Rockwall-Heath, which do not have the numbers to be in the top division. He added Lee could also join the Garland ISD district.
“I think we could be competitive in both district (scenarios),” Kaspar said.
The numbers breakdown for classifications is: 6A (2,100 and above), 5A (1,060-2,099), 4A (465-1,059), 3A (220-464), 2A (105-219) and 1A (104.9 and below).
Most area schools will remain in the same group they were already in, albeit with a different classification letter. The UIL elected to change the numbers of each classification, thus 5A is now 6A, 4A is now 5A, 3A is now 4A, 2A is now 3A and 1A is now 2A. Six-man football is now Class 1A.
Lindale and Mineola have bounced back and forth through classifications the last few years. One team will stay put and the other will go down.
Lindale turned in 1,132, which means the Eagles will not go down. Lindale will remain 4A, which is now the new Class 5A.
Mineola, however, turned in 447, which drops it down to 2A, which is the new Class 3A. Tatum moves up to the new 4A with 518.
Another school that is moving down is Hawkins, which turned in 218, and that puts it in the new Class 2A (old Class 1A).
The Class 1A through 4A Division I and II numbers include: 1A Division I ( 55–104.9); 1A Division II (54 and below); 2A Division I (158–219); 2A Division II (105–157); 3A Division I (315–464); 3A Division II (220–314); 4A Division I (686–1,059); 4A Division II (465–685).
Kilgore (1,026) will be one of the bigger schools in the new Class 4A.
Dallas Highland Park will be part of the new 6A. Highland Park turned in a snapshot enrollment number of 2,106 students. Highland Park will be moving up a classification for the first time since moving down from Class 5A to 4A in 1988.
This is the first time the UIL has released the cutoff marks before the actual realignment in February.
The complete new district realignments will be released in the first week of February.
Phil Hicks contributed to this story.
East Texas Schools
Snapshot Enrollment (Oct. 25)
Order of enrollment
Robert E. Lee (2,547)
John Tyler (2,000.5)
Texas High (1,981)
Mount Pleasant (1,453)
Pine Tree (1,227)
Sulphur Springs (1,126)
Chapel Hill (972)
Pleasant Grove (623)
Spring Hill (482)
Mount Vernon (429)
Palestine Westwood (424)
White Oak (393)
New Boston (392)
Hughes Springs (313)
Grand Saline (307)
Elysian Fields (306)
Queen City (291)
Omaha Paul Pewitt (271)
New Diana (269)
Ore City (211
Big Sandy (195)
Simms James Bowie (190)
San Augustine (185)
Mount Enterprise (102)
Leverett’s Chapel (57.5)
Apple Springs (57)