IHSAA Announces New School Classifications for 2015‐16, 2016‐17
The Indiana High School Athletic Association, in a March 31st Press Release, announced the new classifications for member schools in several sports for the next two school years. The enrollment figures, the total of boys and girls in grades 9‐12, were submitted by the schools to the Indiana Department of Education last fall and are used to determine the classifications in the sports of baseball, boys and girls basketball, football, boys and girls soccer, softball and volleyball. These class changes will be effective for next school year (2015-16) and the following school year (2016-17).
No changes in class alignment were announced for any Mid-Southern Conference, as Silver Creek will remain 4A, Charlestown, Corydon, North Harrison, Scottsburg, Brownstown and Salem remain 3A, and Clarksville, Austin, and Eastern(Pekin) remain 2A.
A couple Pirate and Lady Pirate Sectional foes will change in a few sports, as Mitchell will drop from 3A to 2A in Baseball, Basketball, Softball and Football. The Mitchell Bluejackets have been a Football Sectional 31 opponent of the Pirates for the past four years; creating an opening for realignment. Due to their post season tournament success factor, Providence will move from 2A to 3A and likely join the same Sectional the Lady Pirates play.
According to school enrollment figures, the press release also indicated that Charlestown’s enrollment increased to 735, making it the 16th largest 3A school in the state; and the largest 3A school in the Mid-Southern Conference. The remaining MSC 3A enrollments numbers include Corydon-717 (21st); North Harrison-660 (33rd); Brownstown-571 (56th); and Salem-558 (58th).