The surroundings will be a little more familiar, even if the geography won’t be as friendly, as Highland Park transitions back to Class 5A next fall.
The Scots will be part of the new District 15-5A with a mix of familiar and new foes, including Forney, Lovejoy, Mesquite Poteet, North Forney, Royse City, West Mesquite, and Wylie East.
The UIL announced the new district assignments on Monday as part of its biennial realignment process.
The Scots have spent the past two seasons competing in Class 6A, which is the largest classification in the state. They’ve had some success in postseason competition, most notably in girls soccer and tennis, despite being one of the smallest schools in terms of enrollment.
Now, thanks to new enrollment cutoffs, HP will drop back down to the classification (formerly 4A) in which — as one of the largest schools in the state — it was a powerhouse for more than two decades before jumping two years ago.
“It’s a tough 5A district, but it’s good to be in a classification that reflects your enrollment,” said HP football coach Randy Allen.
We’ll have a more detailed analysis later of the new district, as well as a glimpse into HP’s football schedule for the upcoming season.
The new district will begin competition in fall 2016, and will affect sports including football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, tennis, golf, and track and field. Other UIL sports such as soccer, wrestling, and swimming have separate district alignments that may or may not overlap. Those will be announced later this spring.