Georgia High School Association’s proposed realignment comes with good news for Gainesville

The new realignment proposals are not final until schools have the opportunity to appeal their classification.

Next, regions will be sliced, primarily based on geography.

New regions will be defined within the next two weeks, Lindsey said.

Gainesville isn’t the only public school on the move in Hall County.

However, others are moving up the classification, with the exception of Johnson moving up to Class 4A.

According to the state’s governing body for high school sports website, the new rosters will be for a two-year cycle, beginning in the fall of 2022.

Flowery Branch should upgrade to Class 5A.

Meanwhile, West Hall, East Hall, Chestatee, Cherokee Bluff and North Hall will all be Class 4A.

Riverside Military will be downgraded to Class A, with Lakeview Academy.

The biggest change in the new alignment is an additional multiplier for private schools and out-of-district students.

Gainesville is expected to have 2,280 students, with 46 coming from outside the city limits.

According to Lindsey, the red elephants will potentially be in an area with Habersham Central, Apalachee, Lanier and Shiloh, among others.

“Most of these schools we used to play at (in the past) so everyone here feels good,” Lindsey added.

Gainesville is in the second grade of Class 7A, along with the six largest public schools in Forsyth County.

Based on realignment figures, North Forsyth will also move to Class 6A, following the recent opening of East Forsyth, which is close to the Hall County line.

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