The GHSA voted yesterday to expand from the current 5-class structure to a new 6-class structure beginning with the 2012-13 school year. According to 2010 enrollment figures (which were used in the current classification cycle), here is where local schools will are projected to be placed. Remember, the initial re-classification process won't start until Fall 2011 enrollment numbers are submitted, so this could all change.
6A: Camden, Bradwell
5A: Brunswick, Glynn, Effingham
4A: Jenkins, Windsor, Groves, Johnson, Richmond Hill, South Effingham, Statesboro, Wayne, Ware, Liberty
3A: Beach, Savannah High
2A: BC, Sav. Christian, MCA, Claxton, Metter, Long, Screven
This is a golden opportunity for the public schools to form a solid 4A region, with Beach and SHS playing up.
BC will have some options, depending on what the public schools do. If the public schools continue to ride Camden's coattails up to 6A, I don't think BC will follow. If a Savannah-based 4A region is formed, that could be very appealing. Playing in 2A with SCPS is not a bad option either, considering that looks like it could be a small region and we would have room to schedule a few non-region games.
There is still something to be said, however, about being "above" the Savannah private schools, even if it is only perception. But to the average fan, perception is reality.
On the flip side, having SCPS on the schedule (and possibly Calvary and SCDS as non-region games) would draw huge gates and develop into real rivalries (SHS is now only a rivalry in the historical sense).
It will be very interesting to see what happens...