Goodpasture will move to Division II for the 2017-20 classification cycle, the Madison private school has announced.
Goodpasture, which competes in Division I Region 5-3A in football and District 8-A in most other sports, joins Christ Presbyterian Academy as the first two Midstate private schools to announce a move to Division II.
“In the current climate and after many months of consideration, the administration at GCS feels it is in the best interests of serving both our current families, as well as our future families, to move in this direction,” Goodpasture athletics director Clint Parnell said in a statement. “We are confident that the culture of excellence which is exemplified in our school spiritually and academically will continue to be richly evident in our athletic programs.”
The Cougars also participated in Division II in the late 1990s, winning state titles in baseball and softball in 1999.
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Goodpasture has won 26 Division I team state titles since 1988, including its current run of four consecutive Class A state volleyball championships.
The Cougars will compete in football in Division II-AA, which will consist of schools with enrollments from 266 to 530. In all other sports except bowling, track and wrestling, in which there will be just one class, the Cougars will compete in Division II-A.
The enrollment cutoff for sports with two Division II classes is 451. Goodpasture’s enrollment, as reported to the TSSAA last month, is 311.
Fellow Division I private schools Grace Christian (Franklin), Lipscomb Academy, Middle Tennessee Christian and Nashville Christian have until Oct. 14 to announce whether they will move to Division II.
Columbia Academy and Clarksville Academy have stated that they will remain in Division I.
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