Every four years, the Virginia High School League (VHSL) goes through a reclassification and realignment process for its 317 member schools. The VHSL’s newest realignment officially started in July with the 2019-2020 season and will run through 2022-2023. Two local conferences, the Piedmont and Dogwood Districts, have been slightly altered due to the realignment.
The Piedmont District, which until recently featured eight schools and represented five of the six VHSL classes, is now a seven-school district representing Class 2,3, and 4. Here are the changes affecting the district:
Class 6 member Franklin County left. The Eagles move to the Blue Ridge District, joining William Byrd, Lord Botetourt, Staunton River, Northside, and William Fleming. The Eagles will also switch from regions from 6B to 6A.
Three schools - Halifax County, Bassett, and Patrick County - all dropped down a class due to enrollment numbers.
Halifax County had moved down from Class 5 to Class 4 and will join rival GW-Danville in Region 4D. The Comets will replace LCA in that region as the Bulldogs also dropped down to Class 3.
Bassett, which won their appeal to move down from Class 4 to Class 3 last August, will join district members Tunstall and Magna Vista in Region 3D athletics.
Patrick County drops down from Class 3 to Class 2 and joins Region 2C along with Martinsville and the five 2A Dogwood schools.. The Cougars will be in a regional pod with the Bulldogs and Dan River as they will have to play each other in most sports.
The Dogwood District will remain an eight-school group with five Class 2 schools and three from Class 2. However, they have eliminated the district tournament for most sports. It will be on the regional level is where most changes will affect these schools. Here are the new changes:
Dan River, Chatham, Gretna, Appomattox County, and Nelson County remain in Region 2C.
Region 2C will now have 14 schools as Buckingham moved to Region 2B, while former Class 3 members Allegheny and Patrick County joins the group.
Galileo, Altavista, and William Campbell will continue to be members of Region 1B. Their region lost one member but has grown to 12 schools as Stonewall Jackson (Quicksburg) moved up to Class 2; Surry County, Sussex Central, and Franklin will fill that void as they moved from Region 1A to 1B.
The entire realignment and classification chart can be found on the VHSL website at www.vhsl.org/alignment.