The Georgia High School Association released the regional classification for all 468 Georgia high schools after a meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in which the board heard multiple requests to either move up or down in classification.
The new classifications take effect during the 2020-21 school year and are available at https://www.ghsa.net/2019-2020-region-alignments.
Dawson County remained in region 7-AAA, although three schools, GAC, Fannin County and East Hall were reclassified outside the region. Gilmer County, West Hall and White County were all moved up down from AAAA to leave region with seven teams.
The GHSA will meet again on Tuesday, Nov. 19 to consider schools requests for lateral transfers within the classification categories but no schools in region 7-AAA are affected so, for all practical purposes, the list is final for Dawson County.
“I feel like we will be competitive across the board,” Tigers baseball Head Coach Dwayne Sapp said. “There are still a lot of schools trying to move around so we will see.”
Originally reclassed into AAAA, Greater Atlanta Christian won their appeal to remain in AAA but were moved to the more geographically convenient region five centered around northern Atlanta.
Fannin County found themselves moved to region 8-AA, while East Hall was bumped up a bracket to region 8-AAAA.
It is not yet known what impact the reclassification will have on scheduling but GAC will most likely no longer be a regular appearance on team’s schedules although, as a region 5 school, the likelihood of seeing them in future playoffs rises dramatically.