Denton Guyer High School’s athletic programs were bumped up a notch as part of the bi-annual University Interscholastic League District realignment.
The UIL announced its statewide process of placing schools in athletic districts by student enrollment figures on Monday.
For the first time in 20 years, the cutoff point for Class 5A enrollment dropped from 2,085 to 2,065, placing Guyer – which turned in an enrollment of 2,074 students – to move up in classification.
“Obviously we wished we could have kept all three together… but we knew it was coming. Everyone projected Guyer moving up; we just didn’t think it would happen because the numbers dropped,” said Ken Purcell, director of athletics for Denton ISD.
Guyer will be joining perennial state championship-contender Southlake Carroll in District 7-5A as well as Northwest, Saginaw, Coppell and the three Keller ISD high schools: Keller, Fossil Ridge and Central.
The move of Guyer to 5A didn’t have an impact on its former opponents as District 4-4A stayed intact. Denton and Ryan will join all of its former playing partners in The Colony, Little Elm, Lake Dallas, Wichita Falls and Wichita Falls Rider.
All district realignments are tentative until approved by the UIL on Feb. 19.