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Paschal to remain Fort Worth’s only 6A school as FWISD releases enrollments

Dunbar quarterback Nakkia Cox hands off to running back Timothy Crossley during a game this season. The Wildcats, whose enrollment of 872 is well below the Class 5A range of 1,060-2,099, will again opt up for next year’s realignment for athletics.
Dunbar quarterback Nakkia Cox hands off to running back Timothy Crossley during a game this season. The Wildcats, whose enrollment of 872 is well below the Class 5A range of 1,060-2,099, will again opt up for next year’s realignment for athletics. Special to the Star-Telegram

Fort Worth ISD released its high school enrollments Thursday, and Paschal will be the lone Class 6A school, while 4A-sized Dunbar will opt up to 5A for next year’s UIL realignment.

With an enrollment of 2,531 students, Paschal is well above the UIL cutoff of 2,150 for 6A schools. Dunbar’s enrollment of 872 is well below the 5A range of 1,060-2,099.

“Dunbar HS has elected to opt up to [Class] 5A which has historically been the case,” school district spokesman Clint Bond said in an email. “This is a decision that involved discussion with school administration, school athletic leadership and coaches, district leadership, representatives from the academic and visual and performing arts, and some community members, as well.”

The 2016-18 alignments will be released on Feb. 1 for football and basketball. District alignments for other activities will be released in the order of their seasons.

Dunbar reported an enrollment of 829 for the 2014 realignment, but competed in District 5-5A. The Wildcats qualified for the football playoffs the past two years, while the boys basketball team won consecutive district titles and girls basketball made the postseason twice.

“In the end it was the decision of the principal but it was not a unilateral decision,” Bond added. “It was based on their increasing enrollment and their ability to remain competitive for the last several seasons.”

South Hills is the largest 5A school in the district, at 2,063, which is 352 more than 2014.

Bond said the district’s new Young Men’s Leadership Academy will participate in UIL functions, much like the Young Women’s Leadership Academy that opened in 2014.

“YMLA will initially be placed in 6A, which is what happened to YWLA in 2014, but the FWISD appealed at the school was placed in 5A with other Fort Worth schools,” Bond said.

FWISD Enrollments

 

Paschal, 2,531

Eastern Hills, 1,186

South Hills, 2,063

Western Hills, 1,176

Arlington Heights, 2,021

Dunbar, 872

Trimble Tech, 1,785.5

Diamond Hill-Jarvis, 777

North Side 1,688

YWLA, 144

Wyatt, 1,371

YMLA, 127.7

Carter-Riverside, 1,350

Benbrook, 481.5

Southwest, 1,291

Acad. of Biomedical Sciences, 375

Polytechnic, 1,255

Marine Creek Collegiate, 342

 

UIL Cutoffs

2016

2014

6A 2150-up

6A 2100-up

5A 1100-2149

5A 1060-2099

4A 480-1,099

4A 465-1059

3A 221-479

3A 220-464

2A 105-220

2A 105-219

1A 104.9

1A 104.9

FWISD Enrollments

 

Paschal

2,531

South Hills

2,063

Arlington Heights

2,021

Trimble Tech

1,785.5

North Side

1,688

Wyatt

1,371

Carter-Riverside

1,350

Southwest

1,291

Polytechnic

1,255

Eastern Hills

1,186

Western Hills

1,176

Dunbar

872

Diamond Hill-Jarvis

777

YWLA

144

YMLA

127.7

Benbrook

481.5

Acad. of Biomedical Sciences

375

Marine Creek Collegiate

342

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