BLOG — Final enrollment numbers from Mississippi’s Department of Education have been released by the MHSAA. The numbers were submitted by school districts in October, while the MHSAA announced them late Thursday afternoon.The numbers are important because they determine classification for schools who compete in athletics and other competitive activities. Oxford, which is currently in Class 5A, had the largest enrollment (949) of any of the schools located in the EAGLE’s coverage area. Lafayette, which competes in 4A, increased its numbers to 715. Water Valley, meanwhile, listed an enrollment of 338.
Now that the numbers are out, the MHSAA will work on assigning classes as well as regions and districts for each sport and district. Some schools may not experience any changes. There is expected to be movement in all regions where the three area high schools compete, however, each local school is expected to remain in their current class, according to sources who have knowledge of how the numbers are used by the MHSAA.
Tupelo has the largest enrollment number (2,076) in the state followed by Southaven (1,851), Madison Central (1,755), Northwest Rankin (1,698) and Ocean Springs (1,679). All five of those schools will remain 6A.
The school district with the lowest enrollment is Dexter with 61 followed by Blue Mountain (86), Montgomery County (91), Ray Brooks (91) and Tupelo Christian (98). All five will remain in 1A.
For more on the figures, see Friday’s Sports section. (November 15, 2012)