GHSA Moves Marietta West
The Blue Devils' new region will group them with schools in West and South Cobb and separate them from East Cobb.
Meanwhile, the Walker School will remain in the smallest-enrollment classification, A, in a subregion of 6-A with Darlington, Mount Paran Christian, Mount Pisgah, Mount Zion-Carrollton, North Cobb Christian, Southwest Atlanta Christian and Whitefield Academy.
The new regions are part of the GHSA’s move from five classifications to six.
A primary reason for the GHSA's change is to cut travel time, the association says on its website. “The Reclassification Committee continued to emphasize that viewpoint by establishing sub-regions in nearly every region.”
It will be up to the principals of the high schools in each region to decide whether to compete based on those subregions or to play schedules across the full region.
Marietta shouldn't have to worry about subregions, but the Blue Devils will have to learn the directions to a new set of region rivals.
Instead of Wheeler, Walton, Lassiter, Cherokee, Etowah and Woodstock to the east and north, Marietta will be grouped the next two years in the new Region 4-AAAAAA with Kennesaw Mountain, North Cobb, Harrison, Campbell, Pebblebrook, McEachern, South Cobb and Hillgrove.
Meanwhile, Osborne will be hitting the roads Marietta is using now to get to the schools in its new region, the 11-school 7-AAAAA, which is largely a combination of the current Region 5-AAAA North and Region 7-AAAA.
The new alignment cuts Osborne’s regional ties to the high schools in Paulding and Douglas counties.
Schools have until noon Dec. 16 to ask for a lateral move from Tuesday’s arrangement; the GHSA’s Reclassification Committee will hear those appeals Dec. 19. The new regions go into effect at the start of the 2012-13 school year.
What do you think of the new regions for Marietta, Osborne and Walker?