A new classification in Oklahoma high school athletics is on the docket on Capitol Hill in Oklahoma City this week.
An amendment to a Senate bill, SB1599, is proposing that “district alignments, tournaments or contests in which the largest class of schools is exclusively comprised of high schools in which the average daily attendance is greater than … 2,250 students and the school district has only one high school.”
In other words, six school districts — Broken Arrow, Union, Jenks, Owasso, Mustang and Yukon — would be forced to compete in a separate classification.
Sen. Kim David and Sen. Eddie Fields, along with Rep. Kevin Wallace and Rep. Dennis Casey — all Republicans — are mentioned on the bill. Fields’ district, 10, includes Ponca City, a high school in Class 6A that would benefit from the six largest high schools being forced to create a new classification.