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February 3, 2020 

University Interscholastic League

There were some changes for Granbury High School when the University Interscholastic League announced new athletic districts on February 3, 2020. 

The announcement was part of the UIL’s biennial reclassification and realignment process used to determine athletic and academic competition districts for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years. 

For football only, the Pirates will continue to compete in Division I of Class 5A, which is split at the beginning of the season into two divisions based on student enrollment.  District 3 opponents will be Abilene Cooper, Azle, Brewer, Crowley, Fort Worth Arlington Heights, Northwest, and Saginaw.  Most have been in the same district with the Pirates for the past two years – with only the addition of Abilene Cooper and Northwest. 

For basketball and volleyball, things are quite a bit different for the Pirates and Lady Pirates in Class 5A with sports not split into divisions.  In addition to Granbury, District 5 includes Aledo, Azle, Brewer, Wichita Falls, and Wichita Falls Rider. 

The new athletic districts will not be final until the UIL completes action on appeals later this month.  Districts for other sports and academics will be announced later. 

“Competition is always challenging regardless of classification, and we hope to offer students the opportunity to learn character, leadership, and sportsmanship regardless of the class or district that we are assigned,” commented Granbury ISD athletic director Dwight Butler. 

In October, Granbury ISD submitted high school enrollment data of 2,073 students – ultimately keeping it firmly in the Class 5A classification. The figure is based on a formula that includes both full-time and part-time students from GHS and STARS Accelerated High School.  Class 5A now includes schools with populations between 1,230 and 2,219 with football only divided between Divisions I (1,922-2,219) and II (1,230-1,921). 

In 2017, GHS was in Class 5A with 2,004 students for the realignment process – up slightly from the 1,959.5 turned in 2017. For the biennium, the classification was composed of schools with student populations between 1,150 and 2,189. 

The UIL, a division of the University of Texas at Austin, is the rulemaking body for educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests in Texas public schools. The league aims to provide healthy, character building, educational activities carried out under rules providing for good sportsmanship and fair play for all participants. 

District alignments for other athletics as well as for academics will be announced by the UIL later.