NORMAN — Norman High made the cut, Broken Arrow, Union and Jenks remain the state’s three largest high schools, though the difference between second and third is more than 1,200 students, and Community Christian will begin its OSSAA football life as a Class A program playing 11-man football.
Those are the highlights of the football classifications, just released by the OSSAA, which came complete with average daily membership (ADM) numbers, approximating the size of every high school in the state.
With the move to separate Class 6A into two divisions beginning next fall, each playing for its own separate state title, there was some concern NHS might fall below the top-tier threshold and not compete for the same championships crosstown rival Norman North would be chasing in the upper division.
That didn’t happen.
With an ADM of 1,761.72, NHS is estimated to be the 15th largest high school in the state, leaving No. 16, Putnam City, as the last program taken in the upper division.
Lawton High, Enid, Bartlesville, Sand Springs and Muskogee are the five largest schools ticketed for Class 6A’s lower division.
The ADM figures tell an interesting story.
The difference between the largest high school (Lawton, 1,733.00 ADM) and smallest high school (Claremore, 1,246.06) in Class 6A’s impending lower division is less than 500 students. However, the difference between Broken Arrow (4,680.25), the state’s largest highs school, and Putnam City (1,733.66) is approaching 3,000 students.
After Broken Arrow, Union’s ADM comes in at 4,347.06, leaving Jenks, at 3,123.61, closer in size to Putnam City than Broken Arrow.
The state’s two largest classifications remain Class A, with 57 football programs, and Class 2A, with 56.
CCS, currently playing its second football season since bolting the OCSAA, yet until now still waiting for its first OSSAA classification, knows that not only is it headed to Class A, but that it’s among the 10 largest schools in the class.