The Indiana High School Athletic Association released the enrollment numbers today it will use for reclassification and realignment for 2015-16 and 2016-17 in the sports of baseball, boys and girls basketball, football, boys and girls soccer, softball and volleyball.
The IHSAA will release the classifications in the next two weeks and the sectional realignment plans will be presented to the IHSAA executive committee on May 4.
Some of the numbers of note:
• Carmel is the largest IHSAA school with 4,830 students and Ben Davis No. 2 with 4,220. Warren Central (3,602) is third and North Central (3,520) fourth. Nine of the 11 largest schools are from the Indianapolis area with Penn and Lake Central the only outliers.
• It appears that Class 6A in football (top 32 schools) would remain relatively unchanged. LaPorte, which made the 5A title game last season, is No. 30 in enrollment and would move up. Tech, with an enrollment of 1,810, dropped from No. 16 to No. 44 and would drop to 5A in football. Under the IHSAA’s tournament success factor, Cathedral will play 6A in football the next two seasons, though its enrollment (1,292) is No. 78 overall. Westfield is No. 34 in enrollment, which would make it one of the largest 5A football programs. The Shamrocks went to the 5A finals two years ago and made the regional last season.
• The consolidation of schools in Muncie means Muncie Central will again be a 4A basketball program. Muncie Central has an enrollment of 1,698, which is No. 52 overall.
• Another traditional basketball power, Marion, dropped 13 spots in enrollment to No. 104, which would make it Class 3A in basketball. South Bend Washington will also drop from 4A to 3A in basketball.
• City school Washington will move from 2A to 3A in basketball making a significant jump to No. 133 in enrollment (800). Another city school, Northwest, will drop from 4A to 3A (781 enrollment). Manual will move from 2A to 3A with its 612 enrollment.
• •Cardinal Ritter and Crispus Attucks appear in line to move up from 2A to 3A in basketball. Ritter (542 students) is No. 198 in enrollment and Attucks (540 enrollment) is No. 199.
• Plainfield, with an enrollment of 1,560 students, is No. 62 overall. That would move the Quakers up from Class 4A to 5A under the next two-year cycle. Conversely, it appears Danville will drop from 4A to 3A in football with its enrollment of 804.