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Denton ISD high schools set to compete in 5-5A, 6-6A UIL districts

Three of Denton Independent School District’s four high schools are set to play in the same 5A athletic district for the next two years, while its fourth high school will play in 6A as part of the University Interscholastic League’s bi-annual district realignment for football and basketball.
The UIL announced its tentative statewide placement of schools in athletics districts by student enrollment figures on Monday, Feb. 1. As a result of the realignment process, Braswell, Denton and Ryan high schools are scheduled to compete in District 5-5A for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, while Guyer High School is slated to compete in District 6-6A.
In District 5-5A, the Braswell Bengals, Denton Broncos and Ryan Raiders will be paired with Denison, Sherman, Wichita Falls and Wichita Falls Rider in football and basketball. The Guyer Wildcats will compete in District 6-6A alongside Allen, McKinney, McKinney Boyd, Plano, Plano East, Plano West and Wylie for the same sports.
  • Braswell
  • Denison
  • Denton
  • Ryan
  • Sherman
  • Wichita Falls
  • Wichita Falls Rider
  • Allen
  • Guyer
  • McKinney
  • McKinney Boyd
  • Plano
  • Plano East
  • Plano West
  • Wylie 
The cutoff point for Class 6A for 2016-17 and 2017-18 was set at a student enrollment of 2,150 or more, an increase of 50 students from the current 6A alignment cutoff of 2,100. Ryan would have moved down to 5A even if the cutoff remained the same, as the school submitted an anticipated 2016-17 enrollment of 2,067 students to UIL officials. Ryan has historically competed primarily in the UIL’s second-largest classification, with brief stops in its largest classification.

Class 5A’s cutoff range was set at an enrollment at or between 1,100 to 2,149 students. Braswell submitted an enrollment estimate of 1,429.75 students in anticipation of its August 2016 opening, and Denton submitted an enrollment of 2,045. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will make up Braswell’s student population for its first year, while a senior class will join the school in 2017-18.

Guyer, Denton ISD’s largest high school, submitted an enrollment of 2,475, keeping it firmly in 6A. Guyer has alternated between the UIL’s top two classifications since its opening, though a planned ninth-grade addition will increase its capacity to house 2,600 to 3,000 students.

All district realignments are tentative until approved by the UIL on Feb. 19.
To view all 5A districts for football and basketball in the UIL’s realignment, click here. For all 6A districts in the same sports in the realignment, click here. Additional information on the realignment process can be found on the UIL’s website.