The University Interscholastic League has revealed the classification cutoffs for its next two-year alignment block – the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years – and it confirms that all 10 Frisco ISD high schools will continue to compete in Class 5A.
Class 5A is the second largest in UIL, and for the next alignment will include schools with enrollments between 1,230 and 2,219 students. Class 6A will have schools with enrollments of 2,220 or more, including more than a dozen high schools with over 4,000 students.
For football only, Class 5A will continue to be broken into Division I and Division II. Centennial, Heritage, Independence, Lone Star and Wakeland will continue to be in Division I, and Reedy will join them as it moves from Division II. Frisco, Lebanon Trail and Memorial will be joined by Liberty in 5A Division II for football.
The UIL will unveil its new district alignments for all sports in February. Currently, the 10 FISD high schools compete together in one district, typically 9-5A, for all sports other than football.
FISD’s next two high schools, Emerson High and the yet-to-be-named 12th high school, will not be part of that alignment. Emerson, which is planned to open in the fall of 2021 with freshmen and sophomores, is not expected to have varsity teams until after the UIL’s realignment in 2022. Students at Emerson will be able to compete at the varsity level immediately, however, in individual sports such as swimming and diving and track and field.
The 12th high school is expected to open in the fall of 2022.
FISD High School Enrollments
The UIL used enrollment numbers from this year’s “snapshot day” in October, when member schools send in their enrollments as of that day. Here were the enrollment numbers of the FISD high schools:
Lebanon Trail: 1,874
Lone Star: 2,096
2020 and 2021 Football Alignments
5A Division I: Centennial, Heritage, Independence, Lone Star, Reedy, Wakeland
5A Division II: Frisco, Lebanon Trail, Liberty, Memorial