GHSA announces classification placements for 2020-2022

Several DeKalb County high schools will play sports in new classifications for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years.

The Reclassification Committee of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) met Nov. 12 in Thomaston to hear appeals about classification placements. According to the meeting minutes, three DeKalb schools appealed to be moved down one classification.

Chamblee’s appeal to move from Class AAAAAA back to Class AAAAA was approved with a 10-5 vote, Druid Hills’ appeal to move from Class AAAAA back to Class AAAA was approved with a 15-1 vote and St. Pius X’s appeal to move down to Class AAAAA from Class AAAAAA was approved by an unanimous vote.

Chamblee and St. Pius X will be in Region 5-AAAAA along with Clarkston, Cross Keys, Decatur, Lithonia and M.L. King, Southwest DeKalb and Stone Mountain. M.L. King moved down to Class AAAAA from Class AAAAAA, and Stone Mountain was previously in Class AAA.

According to DeKalb County School District’s Athletics Department, Lithonia, Southwest DeKalb and Stone Mountain appealed to be moved up to Class AAAAA after being placed in Class AAAA during the realignment process.

Druid Hills moved down to Region 6-AAAA, joining several DeKalb schools which also were moved down to Class AAAA. Stephenson was moved down two classifications from Class AAAAAA to Region 6-AAAA, while Arabia Mountain and Miller Grove were moved from Class AAAAA to Region 6-AAAA. Marist also will be in Region 6-AAAA.

Dunwoody jumped from Class AAAAAA to Class AAAAAAA, while Lakeside moved down from Class AAAAAAA to Class AAAAAA, joining Tucker in Region 4-AAAAAA. Cedar Grove and Redan are remaining in Region 5-AAA, while Towers and Columbia were moved down to Region 6-AA with McNair. Columbia dropped to Class AA from Class AAAAA.

Private schools Greenforest Christian, Paideia and W. D. Mohammed were placed in the non-football A-Private classification. Schools wishing to change regions were heard at the Reclassification Committee’s Nov. 19 meeting. Results of those appeals and which schools appealed were not available at press time.

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