Jackson County is scheduled to bump up from Class AAA to Class AAAA in the latest reclassification cycle, but the school will now seek to play up even further.
According to the agenda posted at ghsa.net for the Georgia High School Association's (GHSA) state classification committee meeting for Tuesday (Nov. 12), Jackson County is one of 24 schools that have filed a request to move up in classification.
Jackson County has played in Class AAA since 2012.
The school's athletic director, Brad Hayes, explained the decision.
"We have appealed to play up in AAAAA for the next two years because we feel that this is the best decision for our kids, and that is who we advocate for," he said.
"As we have always said, we are excited about the rapid growth of our community, and we are not trying to hide it. Right now, we are growing at about 10 percent per year, which puts us in AAAAA two years from now. So, in a sense, we are turning a two-year cycle into four years for our kids. We have actually been discussing moving up for a pretty long time for these reasons. Hopefully, the GHSA agrees, and we can begin looking at scheduling."