All five Paulding high schools — East Paulding, Hiram, North Paulding, Paulding County and South Paulding — compete in Class AAAAA’s Region 5 along with Allatoona, New Manchester, Rome, Villa Rica, Woodland-Bartow and Lithia Springs.
North Paulding, with a projected fall 2014 enrollment of 1,983 students, has been bumped up to the highest classification in the state, Class AAAAAA, with 66 other schools for the next two years. Competition in the new classifications will begin with the fall 2014 sports.
This will be the first time in program history that the Wolfpack will be placed in the top group.
North Paulding’s enrollment puts it in the bottom half of the class which is topped by Mill Creek’s student body total of 3,708. Lee County has the smallest enrollment in the class with 1,802 students.
This will be the first time that North Paulding will play in a separate class from its fellow county schools. The Wolfpack is coming off its first-ever region championship in football this season and won two playoff games to reach the quarterfinals of the postseason. The boys’ and girls’ cross country teams won region championships in November and the volleyball squad made the postseason as well.
The rest of the Paulding public schools have been placed back in Class AAAAA, which will include 74 schools. South Paulding’s enrollment of 1,723 students is the 12th-highest in the class with Winder-Barrow leading the count with 1,795. Paulding County (1,716), East Paulding (1,650) and Hiram (1,565) are in the top half of the class.
The GHSA reclassification committee will meet this week to place teams in regions. Appeals may be made throughout this month before the full executive committee meets on Jan. 14 for final reclassification procedures.