Ohio Capital Conference principals will meet Wednesday, Feb. 7, to vote on a realignment proposal that would begin with the 2020-21 school year, ThisWeek has learned.
The realignment would last through the 2023-24 school year.
The previous realignment was for the 2016-17 school year and added a fifth division. This proposal also is in the five-division format, although no names have been assigned to divisions.
The realignment was provided to ThisWeek by sources with direct knowledge of the plan who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
One area coach who requested anonymity said rivalries are difficult to build with the constant changes.
“They thought it was nice to have the Westervilles, the Olentangys together, which I thought was pretty cool, too,” he said. “Maybe it should be the Dublins, the Hilliards, Marysville and maybe even squeeze Delaware in there and that would be a good league.
“Schools try to build rivals with one another and then with changing the leagues every so often it just leaves people with a bad taste, but also you have to think how tough it is to please 30-something schools because everybody is going to have a problem with something.”
In the proposed realignment, Central Crossing, Hilliard Bradley, Marysville, New Albany, Olentangy, Westerville Central and Westland will compete in divisions with all new schools from the current lineup.
The new divisions are as follows, with each school’s projected enrollment rank in parentheses. These rankings still are under review and could be adjusted before the vote.
Six-school division: Gahanna (1), Grove City (4), New Albany (24), Pickerington North (17), Westerville Central (8) and Westland (5)
Eight-school division: Big Walnut (29), Canal Winchester (32), Delaware (21), Dublin Scioto (27), Franklin Heights (28), Westerville North (25), Westerville South (26) and Worthington Kilbourne (31)
Six-school division: Dublin Coffman (3), Hilliard Bradley (20), Hilliard Davidson (9), Olentangy Orange (7), Olentangy Liberty (10) and Upper Arlington (12)
Six-school division: Dublin Jerome (14), Hilliard Darby (22), Olentangy (18), Olentangy Berlin (30), Marysville (19) and Thomas Worthington (16)
Six-school division: Central Crossing (6), Groveport (23), Lancaster (11), Newark (13), Pickerington Central (15) and Reynoldsburg (2)
The current alignment is:
OCC-Ohio: Gahanna, Grove City, Lancaster, Pickerington Central, Pickerington North and Reynoldsburg
OCC-Buckeye: Olentangy, Olentangy Liberty, Olentangy Orange, Westerville Central, Westerville North and Westerville South
OCC-Cardinal: Delaware, Dublin Jerome, Dublin Scioto, Hilliard Bradley, Hilliard Darby, Olentangy Berlin (opening this fall), Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne
OCC-Central: Central Crossing, Dublin Coffman, Hilliard Davidson, Marysville, Upper Arlington and Westland
OCC-Capital: Big Walnut, Canal Winchester, Franklin Heights, Groveport, New Albany and Newark