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.
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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.
Eastern Hills, 1,186
South Hills, 2,063
Western Hills, 1,176
Arlington Heights, 2,021
Trimble Tech, 1,785.5
Diamond Hill-Jarvis, 777
North Side 1,688
Acad. of Biomedical Sciences, 375
Marine Creek Collegiate, 342
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Marine Creek Collegiate