INDIANAPOLIS — School enrollment figures to be used for team sports classifications were released by the IHSAA Tuesday and, as expected, one Hancock County school is in line to move up one class.
There are four classes for basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball in Indiana, and Mt. Vernon has participated in 3A for several years. Their new enrollment figure of 1,119 students (ninth through 12th grade) puts them at 95th of 406 IHSAA member schools and, if the IHSAA divides each class evenly for the next two year cycle of 2013-14 and 2004-15, Mt. Vernon would be among the smallest 4A schools.
Only enrollment figures were announced Tuesday; classifications will be released within two weeks, according to the IHSAA.
Mt. Vernon’s enrollment number for the current 2011-12 and 2012-13 two-year cycle is 1,017, or 103rd out of 409 schools.
Mt. Vernon girls basketball will compete in 4A the next two years, regardless, because of the IHSAA’s tradition factor.
The other Hancock County school enrollment figures released Tuesday:
>> Greenfield-Central, 1,446 students, ranking as the 69th largest IHSAA member school in the state; up from 1,410 students and 72nd overall in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 classification.
>> New Palestine, 1,107, good for the 100th largest school, the same as their current rank, although the enrollment is up slightly from 1,092 students.
>> Eastern Hancock, 349 students, down from 355 students. EH previously ranked 291st in enrollment and will rank 288th for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 cycle.
Eastern Hancock is expected to remain in Class 2A for basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball and in Class A for football.
In 2013-14, the IHSAA will institute a sixth class for the first time. Football currently operates with five classes, and Greenfield-Central, Mt. Vernon and New Palestine have been in 4A. The three large county schools will almost certainly remain in 4A, although with increased growth, G-C is nearing the Class 5A level.
The largest 32 schools will compete in 6A football in the fall, while schools 33-64 will make up the 5A field. The remaining schools will be evenly distributed between Classes 4A, 3A, 2A and A.
Ranking 69th, G-C is 58 students smaller than the 64th ranked school, Ft. Wayne Wayne, which has 1,504 students.
IHSAA operates soccer under a two-class system, and G-C, Mt. Vernon and New Palestine will remain in 2A, the larger of the classes. Eastern Hancock does not field a high school soccer program.
To view the complete enrollment figures, visit www.ihsaa.org.