New enrollment figures released by OHSAA

The new Ohio High School Athletic Association projected enrollments were released over the weekend, giving high schools an idea if they would stay or jump to a new division in any respective sport.

Every two years, the OHSAA gathers the male and female enrollments of member schools to then classify schools into divisions for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 schools years. The enrollment figures are based on the number of students in ninth, 10th and 11th grades with athletic opportunities as of October 2012. The Ohio Department of Education provided these numbers through its Education Management Information System (EMIS).

Out of the 21 Trumbull County schools, 10 schools grew in enrollment on the boys side. Hubbard saw the greatest jump, adding 46 boys to their enrollment. Other schools increasing enrollment were Badger, Bloomfield, Chalker, Champion, Girard, Lakeview, Lordstown, Mathews and Niles. In terms of percentage, Mathews gained the most in boys enrollment, going from 97 boys to 121, a 19.8-percent increase.

Seeing the biggest drop off in boys was Liberty, losing 36 boys (210 to 174) – a 20 percent drop off. Other schools declining were Bristol, Brookfield, John F. Kennedy, Liberty, Newton Falls and Warren G. Harding. Howland and Maplewood both had the exact numbers as two years ago.

More schools lost enrollment numbers on the girls side, with 10 out of Trumbull County’s 21 schools decreasing numbers. Howland lost the most girls with 28, but Lordstown lost the most in percentage at 18 percent. Other schools that showed a drop off were Bloomfield, Brookfield, Chalker, John F. Kennedy, Liberty, Liberty, Maplewood, Niles and Warren G. Harding.

The biggest growth for the girls was in LaBrae, with the Vikings gaining 31 females, an additional 15 percent. The greatest percentage though belongs to Badger, with a 16.6 percent increase.

The divisional breakdowns for the 2013-15 seasons have yet to be released, but all eyes will be on the breakdowns for the 2013 football divisions, which adds a seventh division. It is expected, based on the sample given by the OHSAA, that Warren G. Harding would be in Division I, which includes the schools with the top-10 percent enrollment in the state. However, it would be one of the smaller schools in the division.