Dacula and Greater Atlanta Christian won their appeals to the Georgia High School Association on Tuesday, allowing them to remain in their current classifications for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years.
The GHSA placed high schools into classifications for the next two-year cycle a week earlier, sending Dacula to Class AAAAAAA (up from AAAAAA) and GAC to AAAA (up from AAA). Votes on the appeals were held Tuesday and went well for both — Dacula will remain in AAAAAA and GAC in AAA. Dacula’s appeal was approved unanimously, and GAC’s appeal won by a 14-2 margin.
Two other local schools will change classes, as they were placed a week ago, — Buford up to AAAAAA and Central Gwinnett down to AAAAAA. In a separate vote, the GHSA denied a group of private schools that petitioned to move from A Private to AA.
The GHSA also placed schools in regions for the next two-year cycle. Region 8-AAAAAA will feature Gwinnett teams Buford, Central, Dacula and Lanier, along with Denmark, Habersham Central and Winder-Barrow.
Gwinnett will again make up three regions in AAAAAAA, with a little juggling. The regions altered slightly, and include 8-AAAAAAA, 7-AAAAAAA and 4-AAAAAAA.
Region 8-AAAAAAA consists of teams currently in 6-AAAAAAA — Collins Hill, Duluth, Mill Creek, Mountain View, North Gwinnett and Peachtree Ridge. In 7-AAAAAAA, the schools are Archer, Berkmar, Discovery, Dunwoody, Meadowcreek and Norcross. Brookwood, Grayson, Parkview, Shiloh and South Gwinnett join one non-Gwinnett school, Newton, in 4-AAAAAAA.
GAC’s appeal victory put the Spartans in 5-AAA with Carver-Atlanta, Cedar Grove, Douglass-Atlanta, Redan, Salem, Sandy Creek and Westminster.
Gwinnett’s three schools in A Private — Hebron, Providence and Wesleyan — are in 5-A Private with Holy Innocents’, Mount Vernon, Mount Pisgah and Pace Academy.