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Georgia High School Association
Georgia High School Association Logo.png
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AbbreviationGHSA
Formation1904
Legal status501(c)(3) association (1986)
PurposeAthletics, educational
Headquarters151 S. Bethel St.
Thomaston, GA 30286
Region served
Georgia
Membership
463 high schools (2019–2020)
Official language
English
Executive director
Gary Phillips
AffiliationsNational Federation of State High School Associations
Staff
13
Websiteghsa.net

The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) is an organization that governs athletics and activities for member high schools in Georgia, USA. GHSA is a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations. The association has 463 public and private high schools as members. GHSA organizes all sports and academic competitions as well as overseeing registration, training, and approves local area sports officials associations to administer regional athletics and activities per member schools.

Membership

Membership to the GHSA is voluntary and open to every high school in the state of Georgia, although participating private schools must have at least 150 students in their high school.[1] Many private schools that do not enter the GHSA compete in the interscholastic organization of the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA). Member schools of the GHSA make most decisions by appointing region representatives who vote on proposals in the GHSA Executive Committee. Individual decisions by regions are made by the schools in the region on such issues as region tiebreakers and hosting of region tournaments. Members are divided into seven classes by size and then further divided into regions based on geographic locations.

Classifications – Regions

The GHSA currently has seven classes, AAAAAAA, AAAAAA, AAAAA, AAAA, AAA, AA, and A, (called "7A","6A", 5A", "4A", "3A", "2A", and "1A") based on the schools' student population. Each class has eight regions, numbered 1 through 8, based on the geographic location of the schools involved. Region 1 of each class is usually the southernmost region, with the region numbers generally increasing as one moves north. Regions realign every two years. Regions generally have ten schools, but can range from 4 to 16 teams.

Class 6A was created for the 2012–2013 school year and Class 7A for the 2016–2017 school year to accommodate growth in local schools.

Competitions

Athletics

Boys athletics governed by the GHSA are: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, riflery (co-ed), soccer, swimming, tennis, track, and wrestling. Girls athletics programs overseen by the GHSA include basketball, competition cheerleading (co-ed & non co-ed), cross country, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, riflery, fast pitch softball, slow pitch softball, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball, and wrestling.

Other

Literary activities administered by the GHSA are dramatic interpretation, essay, GHSA Debate, extemporaneous speaking, one act plays, quartet, spelling, trio and vocal solo.

The GHSA has also added Esports as an event.[2]

List of schools

For the 2020–2021 season, GHSA has 469 member schools.[3]

List by class and region
Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Count
7A 45
6A 56
5A 59
4A 54
3A
59
2A
60
1APu
  • Baconton
  • Baker County
  • Calhoun County
  • Miller County
  • Mitchell County
  • Pataula Charter
  • Pelham
  • Quitman County
  • Randolph-Clay
  • Seminole County
  • Terrell County
  • Webster County
  • Bryan County
  • Claxton
  • Emanuel County Institute
  • Jenkins County
  • McIntosh County Academy
  • Metter
  • Portal
  • Savannah Classical Academy
  • Savannah Early College
  • Screven County
  • Steam Academy
  • Dooly County
  • Dublin
  • Hawkinsville
  • Johnson County
  • Montgomery County
  • Telfair County
  • Treutlen
  • Wheeler County
  • Wilcox County
  • Central, Talbotton
  • Chattahoochee County
  • Furlow Charter
  • Greenville
  • Macon County
  • Manchester
  • Marion County
  • Rainey-McCullers
  • Schley County
  • Stewart County
  • Taylor County
  • Armuchee
  • Atlanta Classical
  • B.E.S.T Academy
  • Bowdon
  • Dalton Academy
  • DeKalb School of the Arts
  • Drew Charter School
  • Fulton Leadership Academy
  • Gordon Lee
  • Mt. Zion, Carroll
  • Trion
  • ACE Charter
  • Crawford County
  • Georgia Academy for Blind
  • Georgia Military College
  • Glascock County
  • GSIC
  • Hancock Central
  • Taliaferro County
  • Twiggs County
  • Warren County
  • Wilkinson County
  • Barrow
  • Commerce
  • Greene County
  • Lake Oconee Academy
  • Lincoln County
  • Social Circle
  • Towns County
  • Washington-Wilkes
  • Woody Gap
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1APr
  • Deerfield-Windsor
  • First Presbyterian
  • Mount de Sales Academy
  • Stratford Academy
  • Strong Rock Christian
  • Tattnall Square Academy
  • Atlanta Jewish Academy
  • Ben Franklin Academy
  • Eagle's Landing Christian
  • Greenforest Christian
  • Landmark Christian
  • Our Lady of Mercy
  • Paideia
  • Southwest Atlanta Christian
  • W. D. Mohammed
  • Whitefield Academy
  • Aquinas
  • Calvary Day School
  • Savannah Christian
  • Savannah Country Day
  • St. Vincent's Academy
  • Brookstone
  • Heritage, Newnan
  • St. Anne-Pacelli
  • Trinity Christian
  • Atlanta International
  • Galloway
  • Hebron Christian Academy
  • Holy Innocents'
  • Mount Vernon
  • Providence Christian
  • Wesleyan
  • Brandon Hill
  • Fellowship Christian
  • King's Ridge
  • Lakeview Academy
  • Mt. Bethel Christian
  • Mt. Pisgah Christian
  • Pinecrest Academy
  • St. Francis
  • Weber School
  • Christian Heritage
  • Darlington
  • Excel Christian
  • Mt. Paran Christian
  • North Cobb Christian
  • Walker
  • Athens Academy
  • Athens Christian
  • George Walton Academy
  • Loganville Christian
  • Prince Avenue Christian
  • Tallulah Falls
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Notes

References

  1. ^ GHSA Constitution and By-Laws for 2015-2016
  2. ^ "Esports". Georgia High School Association. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  3. ^ "2020-2021 Region Alignments". Georgia High School Association. 2019. Archived from the original on 27 December 2019. Retrieved 24 April 2020.