MHSAA: Classifications Announced For 2008-09 School Year

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - March 31 - Classifications for Michigan

High School Athletic Association elections and post-season tournaments

in traditionally classified sports (A, B, C, D) for the 2008-09 school

year have been announced, and the enrollment breaks for post-season

tournaments set up by divisions will be announced Wednesday (April 2) on

the MHSAA Web site.

Classifications for the upcoming school year are based on a

second semester count date, which for MHSAA purposes was February 27.

The enrollment figure submitted for athletic classification purposes may

be different from the count submitted for school aid purposes, as it

does not include students ineligible for athletic competition because

they reached their 19th birthday prior to Sept. 1 of the current school

year and will not include alternative education students if none are

allowed athletic eligibility by the local school district.

After all the counts are submitted, the 766 tournament-qualified

member schools were ranked according to enrollment, and then split as

closely into quarters as possible. For 2008-09, there are 190 schools

each in Class A, and 192 schools each in Classes B, C and D.

Effective with the 2008-09 school year, schools with 1,017 or

more students are in Class A in MHSAA competition. The enrollment

limits for Class B are 498 to 1,016; Class C is 234 to 497; and schools

with enrollments of 233 and under are Class D. The breaks decreased 38

students between Classes A and B; 9 student between Classes B and C; and

15 students between Classes C and D.

The new classification breaks will see 23 schools move up in

class for 2008-09, while 17 schools will move down.

Schools were recently notified of their classification. MHSAA

Executive Director John E. "Jack" Roberts said that schools may not

subsequently lower their enrollment figure. However, if revised

enrollment figures should be higher and indicate that a school should

be playing in a higher class, that school would be moved up.


Schools have the option to play at any higher classification for

a minimum of two years, but must exercise the option by April 15 for

fall sports, August 15 for winter sports, and October 15 for spring


MHSAA tournament sports conducted in traditional classifications

for 2008-09 are Basketball and Girls Volleyball. Football will use

traditional classifications to determine playoff points.


Sports which will compete in nearly equal divisions are:

Baseball, Bowling, Girls Competitive Cheer, Cross Country, Golf, Ice

Hockey, Lacrosse, Skiing, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track

and Field, and Wrestling. Soccer will have 20 percent of sponsoring

schools in Division 4 and the remaining schools divided equally into

Divisions 1, 2 and 3. Visit the respective sports pages on the MHSAA

Web Site to review the divisional alignments.

The eight divisions of the MHSAA Football Playoffs will be

announced on Selection Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. A complete list of school

enrollments used to determine classifications for the 2008-09 school

year can be found on the Administrators page of the MHSAA Web site.

Here is a complete list of the schools changing classification

for 2008-09 (Note: This list does not include schools opting up in

class/division for tournaments, which can be found on the Administrators

page of the MHSAA Web site):


Moving Up From Class B To Class A

Bloomfield Hills Andover

Carleton Airport

Cedar Springs

Detroit Renaissance

Flint Northwestern Academy

Highland Park

Jackson Northwest

Lansing Waverly

Wayland Union

Moving Down From Class A To Class B

Bloomfield Hills Lahser

Detroit Finney

Detroit International Academy

Flint Central Academy

Grand Rapids Christian

Lansing Sexton



Moving Up From Class C To Class B

Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard



Detroit Communication Media Arts

Detroit Frederick Douglass

Ferndale-Academy of Oak Park


Scottville Mason County Central


South Lyon East

Moving Down From Class B To Class C

Detroit Cleveland Intermediate

Erie Mason



Vermontville Maple Valley

Moving Up From Class D To Class C

Detroit Charlotte Forten Academy

Detroit City

Detroit Winans Academy


Moving Down From Class C To Class D



Eau Claire

Muskegon Catholic Central

New Post-Season Eligible Tournament Schools in 2008-09

Ann Arbor Skyline (Class C)

Redford-Michigan Technical Academy (Class C)

Fraser-Arts Academy In The Woods (Class C)

Harper Woods-Chandler Park Academy (Class C)

Southfield-Bradford Academy (Class C)

Dearborn-Riverside Academy West (Class D)

Taylor-Trillium Academy (Class D)

New Haven-Merritt Academy (Class D)

Traverse City College Prep Academy (Class D)

Enrollment Breaks By Classes - 2007-08

(Number of schools in parenthesis)

Class A -- 1,017 and above (190)

Class B -- 498 to 1,016 (192)

Class C -- 234 to 497 (192)

Class D -- 233 and below (192)


The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary

membership by over 1,600 public and private senior high schools and

junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common rules for

athletic eligibility and competition. No government funds or tax

dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such association

nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament entry fees from

schools. Member schools which enforce these rules are permitted to

participate in MHSAA tournaments, which attract approximately 1.6

million spectators each year.