Since 2005, schools like Evangel and John Curtis played in a classification determined by enrollment and not by choice.
But now schools can once again play in a higher classification/division thanks to a proposal passed Friday at the LHSAA annual convention in Baton Rouge.
Schools must play up in all sports, and the change wouldn’t take effect until the new two-year classification period, which starts again in the 2015-16 academic year.
Evangel football coach Byron Dawson said his school has no immediate plans to move up in classification. A school has until the day of the next classification meetings to declare their intentions to play up.
“In the past, we’ve played up at the highest class even when we had (Class 1A numbers),” Dawson said. “We’re a Class 2A school playing up in Class 3A this year.
“We will discuss it with the principals and administration and all the parties involved. It’s not just a football decision, this a decision that affects all sports.”
Evangel played in Class 5A in all sports from 1999-2004, winning four football state championships.
Calvary coach John Bachman, Sr., said his school has no intentions of playing in a classification higher than their enrollment.
“We discussed it a couple of years ago, and all the department heads decided that no matter what, we were going to grow with our numbers,” Bachman said. “If we have (Class 2A) numbers, that’s where we’ll stay.”