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Although new district alignments and assignments have not yet been made, high school football fans can now get a pretty good idea of what they will look like for the next four years, beginning with the 2013-2014 school year.

Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, the state’s governing body for high school sports, has recently posted new enrollment figures for its member schools. These figures were taken from official state records for the first 15 days of the current school year.

With these numbers now public knowledge, here are some interesting tidbits and facts regarding enrollment:

Blackman High School has the largest enrollment in the state – 2,381 students.

Memphis Academy of Health Sciences has the smallest enrollment of any football playing school in the state – 99 students.

The seven Class AAA high schools in Rutherford County (including the new Stewart’s Creek High School, scheduled to open next fall) will have a combined projected enrollment of 13,837 students. That number exceeds the entire county population of 16 different Tennessee counties. Stewart’s Creek’s is projected to have an enrollment of 1,505 students.

Along with the enrollment numbers, information that details how schools will be divided into districts and regions was also disclosed. It’s a multi-step formula that begins this week and ultimately ends in mid-November when the board of control meets to finalize the process.

The 336 football playing schools will first be divided into two groups – Division I and Division II. Nearly three-dozen schools are expected to again join the Division II ranks. This decision had to have been made by noon Oct. 16.

The remaining “private schools” that have elected to remain in Division I with public schools will have their enrollment figures multiplied by 1.8.  

Schools such as Friendship Christian, for example, the state’s defending 2A state champion, has an enrollment of 217 students. Applying the 1.8 multiplier gives Friendship Christian a new enrollment number of 391 and moves the Commanders from 1A to 2A in football.

No school that has its enrollment multiplied by 1.8 can be moved up more than one classification.

Four additional dates will play a major role in the process. They are:

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, the TSSAA will send letters to all school administrators, letting them know they have the opportunity to move to a higher classification. Schools have until Wednesday, Oct. 24, to notify the TSSAA of any desires to move up in classification.

The following day, the TSAA staff will make assignment suggestions in all sports and send those suggestions to board of control members, as well as all member schools. These district assignment suggestions will also be posted on the TSSAA website.

On Thursday, Nov. 15, The board of control will meet at the Doubletree Hotel in Murfreesboro at 9 a.m. At this meeting, the districts and regions will be set for the next four years.

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