Every two years, the IHSAA evaluates school enrollments and releases new classifications for athletic tournaments. 

The organizing body of Indiana high school sports recently released the classifications for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 schools years for the sports of boys basketball, girls basketball, football, volleyball, boys soccer and girls soccer. Baseball and softball will be released at a later date.

The enrollment figures, the total of boys and girls in grades 9-12, were submitted by the schools to the Indiana Department of Education last fall and are used to determine the classifications. Two schools that have joined the IHSAA membership in the last two years are not yet eligible to compete in IHSAA tournaments and are not included in the listing of schools. Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter-East and Lighthouse Christian Academy of Bloomington will be eligible in 2020-21.

Also, per IHSAA By-Law, C-2-3c, any school has the option to play up one or more classes in any sport they choose for the two-year classification period by notifying the Association Office. In boys soccer and girls soccer, both Brebeuf Jesuit and Guerin Catholic have opted to play up in the new Class 3A in both sports. Tournament Success Factor points still will be accumulated in baseball and softball this spring, and any necessary updated versions in those sports will be released in the days following the end of those respective state tournaments.

Carmel remains the largest high school in Indiana with 5,000 students, followed by Ben Davis (4,362), North Central (3,772), Warren Central (3,736) and Penn (3,345). The smallest school in Indiana is Smith Academy for Excellence (No. 406) with an enrollment of 33.

Locally, there was not much of a shake-up in classifications (enrollment rankings are a reference and based on boys basketball, which has the most teams participating):

Kokomo: (1,749 students, enrollment ranking fell from 38th largest school to 46th) Remains in Class 5A in football; Class 4A in boys basketball, girls basketball and volleyball. The Kats are in the new Class 3A in boys soccer and girls soccer.

Western: (855 students, enrollment ranking rose from 127 to 123) Remains in Class 4A in football; Class 3A in boys basketball, girls basketball and volleyball; The Panthers are in Class 2A in boys soccer and girls soccer.

Northwestern: (562 students, enrollment ranking stayed the same at 191): Remains in Class 3A in football, boys basketball, girls basketball and volleyball; The Tigers are in Class 2A in boys soccer and girls soccer.

Eastern: (491 students, enrollment ranking rose from 275 to 217) Remains in Class 2A in football, boys basketball, girls basketball and volleyball. The Comets are in Class 1A in boys soccer and girls soccer.

Lewis Cass: (466 students, enrollment ranking fell from 220 to 225) Remains in Class 2A in football, boys basketball, girls basketball and volleyball. The Kings do not field a soccer program.

Taylor: (413 students, enrollment ranking fell from 241 to 251) Remains in Class 2A in football, boys basketball, girls basketball and volleyball. The Titans are in Class 1A in boys soccer and girls soccer.

North Central Conference enrollments: 29. Lafayette Jefferson (2,031), 33. Indianapolis Arsenal Tech (1,940), 35. Anderson (1,933). 37. Harrison (1,905), 45. McCutcheon (1,769), 46. Kokomo (1,769), 59. Muncie Central (1,551), 76. Richmond (1,331). 83 Logansport (1,235), 102. Marion (1,053).

Hoosier Conference enrollments: 123. Western (855), 138. Twin Lakes (773), 146. West Lafayette (734), 148. Hamilton Heights (728), 182. Benton Central (585), 191 Northwestern (562), 202. Rensselaer Central (531), 208. Tipton (524), 225. Lewis Cass (466), 310. Lafayette Central Catholic (291).

Hoosier Heartland Conference: 217. Eastern (491), 251. Taylor (413), 288. Carroll (353), 295. Clinton Prairie (330), 297. Sheridan (329), 299. Rossville (313), 324. Clinton Central (274), 327. Tri-Central (271), 354. Tri-County (234), 370. Frontier (202).

Courtesy of the IHSAA and Kokomo Herald staff