It’s official: Highland Park will drop down to Class 5A for the next UIL realignment cycle beginning in fall 2024.
The UIL released enrollment cutoff numbers for each classification on Friday, revealing that HP will return to 5A, where it will be among the larger schools. In football, the Scots will be in 5A Division I, where it won three consecutive state titles from 2016 to 2018.
The full realignment, including district assignments for football and most other UIL-sponsored sports covering the next two years, will be revealed on Feb. 1.
The Scots have competed as one of the smallest schools at the 6A level for the past two years, including the current school year. But HP has never been in the state’s largest classification for consecutive alignment cycles, which will be the case again.
Among schools in Preston Hollow, Jesuit Dallas will remain in 6A, as its adjusted enrollment of 2,294 was just above the 2,275 cutoff line.
Likewise, there will be no change for W.T. White or Hillcrest, which will stay at the 5A level. The Longhorns will be in Division I for football, while the Panthers will again compete in Division II.