Rowan County administrators were at the forefront of an amendment to ban parochial schools from NCHSAA championship competition in 2012.
It didn’t succeed, but the message was clear.
Or was it?
Even though 82 percent of the votes returned to the NCHSAA were in favor of a ban for private schools, 234-51, the state association cited a need to receive a three-fourths majority (293) in not passing the resolution.
One of the schools in question, Raleigh’s Cardinal Gibbons, beat two Western North Carolina teams (Asheville High girls tennis and West Henderson volleyball) in the finals of state-championship competition on Saturday. The Crusaders also swept both NCHSAA 3-A boys and girls cross country titles.
Bishop McGuinness won the 1-A boys cross country championship on Saturday for the third consecutive year – the same school has a nine-year streak of state titles in girls basketball.
Here’s how other states across the country handle the private-public school debate.
A competitive imbalance has been addressed by neighboring states Georgia and Tennessee in recent years, while Virginia holds separate tournaments for public and private schools.
South Carolina schools banded together for this proposal in January.