After hearing 59 different appeals on Wednesday, Nov. 10, the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) has officially finalized which schools will be in which classification for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years.
There are guaranteed changes to happen within Region 7-3A, that Dawson County is currently a part of. Cherokee Bluff and North Hall High School will both move up to 4A next season and after one season of existence, East Forsyth High School will also make the jump to 4A.
West Hall High School was scheduled to make the jump up to 4A alongside the other two Hall county schools, but their appeal to remain in 3A was approved. This leaves Dawson County, West Hall, Gilmer, White County and Lumpkin County as five teams remaining from Region 7-3A.
Now, the GHSA has announced the potential new region alignments for the next two school years and it is quite different.
Though all five teams from the current Region 7-3A previously mentioned will stick together, the region will add four new teams: Pickens High School, Franklin County High School, Hart County High School and Stephens County High School.
In this current season, Franklin and Stephens both compete out of Region 8-3A, which will also experience potential remodeling by losing those two schools and gaining schools from Augusta. Both Hart County and Pickens County will make the jump down from 4A to 3A.
The drive from Dawson County to Hart County will now be the longest for Tiger student athletes, with 90 miles separating the two schools. Franklin County is 67 miles away, Stephens County is 66 miles away and Pickens is just 23 miles away, a shorter drive than every other school is the region other than Lumpkin County.