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AHSAA Central Board approves classification system for 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years

The AHSAA Central Board of Control unanimously approved the current seven-classification system for championship play for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control unanimously approved Tuesday, December 14 the current seven-classification system for championship play for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years. The seven-class system, which began in 2014-15, was approved once again for all sports.

In accordance with the AHSAA constitution and by-laws, the AHSAA Central Board of Control manages championship play and classification. Member schools are reclassified every two years. The high schools are currently divided into seven classifications (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A) for competition in championship programs.

Alignments were also released for fall sports, which recently completed championship play for the 2021-22 school year, based on the number of schools declaring to participate in a sport for the upcoming 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years. Some programs may include two or more classes in a division. The alignments for each sport in a class are published in the online AHSAA Sports Book each year.

    Reclassification, according to the AHSAA Constitution and By-Laws, is conducted every two years by the AHSAA Central Board of Control.

      “More than 190,000 student-athletes are expected to participate in AHSAA sports activities during the upcoming classification period,” Central Board President Van Phillips, principal at Center Point High School, said.

      The 2022-23 and 2023-24 football alignment places the 32 largest high schools in Class 7A and 57 in Class 6A, 56 in Class 5A, 62 in Class 4A, 60 in Class 3A, 60 in Class 2A, and 62 in Class 1A.
“I want to thank the Classification Task Force, Central Board and AHSAA staff for their dedicated effort and time put in and the recommendations they made,” AHSAA Executive Director Alvin Briggs said. “As always, it was a difficult job, but everyone worked together to find the best solution as we move forward.”

      Phillips said he also wanted to thank the Classification Task Force and member schools for their input and patience throughout the reclassification process. “These recommendations came after many hours of study and discussion. Everyone involved gave of their valuable time to evaluate our classification system thoroughly and provided valuable input in ways to improve that system,” he said. “On behalf of the Central Board of Control and our member schools, I want to thank Mr. Briggs and his staff for their hard work. I also want to thank our Central Board for their commitment and dedication to providing a first-class athletic program to all our student-athletes, and for making decisions that are best for all of our member schools.”

CLASS 7A (32 Schools)

Auburn High School

Hoover High School

Baker High School

Sparkman High School

Thompson High School

Enterprise High School

James Clemens High School

Vestavia Hills High School

Grissom High School

Central High School, Phenix City

Mary G. Montgomery High School

Prattville High School

Dothan High School

Bob Jones High School

Huntsville High School

Jeff Davis High School

Smiths Station High School

Alma Bryant High School

Tuscaloosa County High School

Albertville High School

Daphne High School

Hewitt-Trussville High School

Davidson High School

Spain Park High School

Fairhope High School

Foley High School

Oak Mountain High School

Opelika High School

R.E. Lee High School

Chelsea High School

Austin High School

Florence High School

CLASS 6A (57 Schools)

Helena High School

Clay-Chalkville High School

Robertsdale High School

Gadsden City High School

Murphy High School

Hillcrest High School, Tuscaloosa

Buckhorn High School

Hazel Green High School

Oxford High School

Homewood High School

Mountain Brook High School

Theodore High School

Mattie T. Blount High School

Spanish Fort High School

Pell City High School

Hueytown High School

Shades Valley High School

Wetumpka High School

Huffman High School

Athens High School

McAdory High School

Stanhope Elmore High School

McGill-Toolen Catholic School

Northridge High School

Pelham High School

Pinson Valley High School

Paul Bryant High School

Decatur High School

Fort Payne High School

Saraland High School

Gardendale High School

Hartselle High School

Calera High School

Brookwood High School

Columbia High School

Baldwin County High School

Russell County High School

Carver Senior High School

Cullman High School

Sidney Lanier High School

Park Crossing High School

Minor High School

Mae Jemison High School (Up from Class 5A)

Muscle Shoals High School

Mortimer Jordan High School

Bessemer City High School

Pike Road High School

Central High School, Tuscaloosa

Woodlawn High School

Lee High School (Huntsville) - Up from Class 5A

A.H. Parker High School

P.D. Jackson-Olin High School

Benjamin Russell High School

Chilton County High School

Briarwood Christian School

Center Point High School

St. Paul's Episcopal School (CBF)

CLASS 5A (56 Schools)

Elberta High School

Rehobeth High School

Citronelle High School

Southside High School, Gadsden

Wenonah High School

Jasper High School

Springville High School

Arab High School (Moves down from Class 6A)

Scottsboro High School (Moves down from Class 6A)

Faith Academy

Russellville High School

East Limestone High School

Eufaula High School

Boaz High School

Gulf Shores High School

A.P. Brewer High School

Valley High School

Greenville High School

Jemison High School

Carroll High School

John Carroll Catholic School

Douglas High School

Ramsay High School

Moody High School

Hayden High School

Sylacauga High School

Demopolis High School

Saint Clair County High School

Leeds High School

Crossville High School

Guntersville High School

Lawrence County High School

Leflore Magnet School

Selma High School

Marbury High School

Ardmore High School

Sardis High School

Shelby County High School

B.C. Rain High School

G.W. Carver High School

Headland High School

Lincoln High School

Alexandria High School

Fairview High School

Beauregard High School

West Point High School

Williamson High School

Central High School of Clay County

Fairfield High Preparatory School

Holtville High School

Vigor High School

Charles Henderson High School

Elmore County High School

Tallassee High School

Pleasant Grove High School

UMS-Wright Preparatory School (CBF)

CLASS 4A (62 Schools)

Satsuma High School

Corner High School

Cordova High School

Priceville High School

Brooks High School

Northside High School

Jacksonville High School

Andalusia High School

Bibb County High School

Etowah High School

Madison County High School

Hamilton High School

Haleyville High School

Sipsey Valley High School

Handley High School

Talladega High School

Cherokee County High School

St. Michael Catholic High School

Booker T. Washington High School

Montevallo High School

Wilson High School

Good Hope High School

St. John Paul II Catholic School

Randolph School

Dora High School

Oneonta High School

Anniston High School

Cleburne County High School

West Morgan High School

Holt High School

North Jackson High School

Oak Grove High School

Munford High School

East Lawrence High School (Moves up from Class 3A)

Fultondale High School

Jackson High School

Wilcox Central High School

Bullock County High School

Deshler High School

Dale County High School

Curry High School

American Christian Academy

West Limestone High School

West Blocton High School

Kate D. Smith DAR High School

Montgomery Catholic School

T.R. Miller High School

Rogers High School

Orange Beach Middle/High School

White Plains High School

Hanceville High School

Westminster Christian Academy

Hale County High School

Ashville High School

Dallas County High School

Escambia County High School

Bayside Academy

Geneva High School

Slocomb High School

Central High School, Florence

New Hope High School

The Montgomery Academy (CBF)

CLASS 3A (60 Schools)

Hokes Bluff High School

Ashford High School

Straughn High School

Asbury High School

Danville High School

Pike County High School

Opp High School

W.S. Neal High School

Flomaton High School

Fayette County High School

Beulah High School

Mobile Christian

Childersburg High School

Gordo High School

Plainview School

Piedmont High School

New Brockton High School

Geraldine School

Lauderdale County High School

Cottage Hill Christian Academy

Weaver High School

Saint James

Brindlee Mountain High School

Elkmont High School

Houston Academy

Susan Moore High School

Trinity Presbyterian School

Phil Campbell High School

Carbon Hill High School

Walter Wellborn High School

Madison Academy (moves down from Class 4A)

Vinemont High School

Tarrant High School

Providence Christian School

Prattville Christian Academy

Monroe County High School

J.B. Pennington High School

Glencoe High School

Excel High School

Sylvania High School

Sumter Central High School

Winfield High School

Midfield High School

Northside Methodist Academy

Dadeville High School

Thomasville High School

Randolph County High School

Oakman High School

Southside High School, Selma

Ohatchee High School

Colbert Heights High School

Greensboro High School

Clements High School

Colbert County High School (Moves up from Class 2A)

Daleville High School

Westbrook Christian School

Alabama Christian Academy

Saks High School

Hillcrest High School, Evergreen

Mars Hill Bible School (CBF) (Moves up from Class 2A)

CLASS 2A (60 Schools)

Southeastern School

Sheffield High School

Pleasant Valley High School

Collinsville High School (Moves down from Class 3A)

Vincent Middle High School

Chickasaw City High School

Wicksburg High School

Holly Pond High School

Reeltown High School

Ariton School

Hatton High School

Locust Fork High School

North Sand Mountain School

Greene County High School

Section High School

Winston County High School

Clarke County High School

Fyffe High School (Moves down from Class 3A)

Central High School, Coosa

Ranburne High School

Lamar County High School

J.U. Blacksher School

Tharptown High School

B.B. Comer High School

Sulligent School

Cottonwood High School

Pisgah High School

St. Luke's Episcopal School

Lexington School

Cleveland High School

West End High School

Goshen High School

Luverne High School

G.W. Long High School

Falkville High School

Cold Springs High School

Isabella High School

Washington County High School

Horseshoe Bend High School

Gaston High School

Lanett High School

Red Bay High School

Highland Home School

Zion Chapel High School

Abbeville High School

Geneva County High School

Sand Rock High School

Ider School

Tanner High School

Tuscaloosa Academy

Aliceville High School

Lafayette High School

Fayetteville High School

Thorsby High School

Francis Marion School

Whitesburg Christian Academy

Samson High School

Barbour County High School

Woodland High School

Lindsay Lane Christian Academy (moves up from Class 1A)

CLASS 1A (62 Schools)

Calhoun High School

Central High School, Hayneville

Addison High School

Millry High School

Victory Christian School

Appalachian School

Houston County High School

Sumiton Christian School

Choctaw County High School

Elba High School

Phillips High School

Marion County High School

Kinston School

Southern Choctaw High School

Leroy High School

Pleasant Home School

Florala High School

Cedar Bluff High School

Holy Spirit Catholic School

Cherokee High School

Winterboro High School

Billingsley High School

Spring Garden High School

Meek High School

Verbena High School

Brantley High School

Maplesville High School

Red Level School

Valley Head High School

The Donoho School

South Lamar School

Loachapoka High School

Sweet Water High School

Decatur Heritage Christian Academy

Berry High School

Linden High School

Gaylesville High School

Keith Middle-High School

Hackleburg High School

Wadley High School

McKenzie High School

Pickens County High School

Woodville High School

R.C. Hatch High School

Ragland High School

Waterloo High School

Fruitdale High School

Georgiana School

Coosa Christian School

Hubbertville School

Lynn High School

R.A. Hubbard High School

Shoals Christian School

McIntosh High School

Brilliant School

Vina High School

Notasulga High School

Talladega County Central High School

Marengo High School

J.F. Shields High School

Autaugaville School

A.L. Johnson High School

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