By Mark Lane (@therealmarklane)
Class 5A football will be split into two divisions, based on enrollment, beginning with the 2018 season, the University Interscholastic League announced Wednesday.
Superintendents voted on the referendum 144-77 to split the 5A, according to results of a vote that took place last year but were released Wednesday.
In the new alignment set to take place in 2018, the Texas High Tigers would be the only 5A Division I team in East Texas with an enrollment size of 1,914 based on numbers before the 2016 realignment. This would mean Texas High would join Dallas-area schools in the 15-5A such as Highland Park, Mesquite Poteet, and West Mesquite, who knocked Texas High out of the playoffs in the first round in 2016.
The problem would be away games. Currently, the longest away site for the Tigers is in Greenville at a little over 120 miles. Even the eastern edge of the Metroplex is approximately 180 miles.
Class 5A schools have enrollments between 1,100 and 2,149 students, and the 5A consists of 262 schools. Estimates indicate the cutoff for the new division will be 1,800.
The current alignment will expire at the conclusion of the 2017-18 school year.