The University Interscholastic League released class cutoff numbers for the 2018-2020 realignment Wednesday, and all 10 Frisco ISD high schools will be in Class 5A. The UIL's decision to split 5A into two divisions for football, however, means that FISD's football teams will compete in two districts.
The six FISD schools that will be in 5A Division I for football are Centennial, Heritage, Independence, Liberty, Lone Star and Wakeland. Frisco High, Reedy, Lebanon Trail and Memorial (opening fall of 2018) will be in 5A Division II.
The split is based on a school's current enrollment, and FISD's six largest schools exceed the UIL's 5A Division I/Division II cutoff of 1,840. For previous alignments, the UIL waited to split teams into two divisions until after each district's four playoff qualifiers were determined. The two playoff qualifiers with the largest school enrollment went into the Division I bracket, while the two from the smaller schools went into Division II.
Now the split is determined before the season, and having six FISD football teams in one district and four in another will prevent some FISD teams from playing each other. But there's a huge benefit because the FISD football teams will compete for eight playoff spots instead of four.
"It's more opportunity for our kids, and that's what we're all about," said FISD Athletic Director David Kuykendall.
The UIL does not split classes for sports other than football. The UIL will unveil its 2018-20 realignment, with the complete district-by-district breakdown, in February.
UIL enrollment numbers for FISD schools for 2018-2020 alignment
- Centennial 2,024
- Lone Star 2,020
- Liberty 1,987
- Wakeland 1,978
- Heritage 1,970
- Independence 1,959
- Reedy 1,819
- Lebanon Trail 1,757
- Frisco 1,527
- Memorial 1,527