MIAMI – Average Daily Membership numbers for Miami High School have declined for the fourth straight school year.
According to tentative numbers released last week by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association, Miami’s ADM for the 2017-18 school year is 589.80.
After being the bubble team in 5A five years ago, Miami has seen its numbers slip from 688.20 in 2014-15 (64th overall) to 656.50 in 2015-16 (71st) to 622.00 in 2016-17, 78th among the 481 members of the OSSAA.
The numbers will be crunched by the OSSAA and member schools, and without any major changes, likely will be approved at the next OSSAA board of directors meeting in August.
ADM is used to determine classifications for athletic teams and is based on enrollment in grades 9 through 12 for the 2016-17 school year.
Football and baseball and softball in Classes 6A, 5A and 4A are set up in two-year scheduling cycles while other sports are drawn up annually.
Miami was 4A in all sports during the past school year unlike the previous few years where it was 5A in some and 4A in others.
Because of its ADM, Miami will remain in Class 4A for football when the OSSAA likely will announce the next reclassification in August.
The top 32 teams fall in either Class 6A Division I or II while the next 32 are assigned to 5A.
Class 4A is the next 32, followed by Classes 3A and 2A, which include the next 55 largest 11-man schools. Class A is home of the next 56 largest schools.
Class B is the 48 largest eight-man schools while C is the 32 remaining eight-man schools.
A redistricting meeting will be held Thursday, July 27, as part of the Oklahoma Coaches Association all-state week clinic in Tulsa.
There will be some shuffling since U.S. Grant (16th at 1801.55) and Capitol Hill (30th, 1364.42) in Oklahoma City continue to play independent schedules and Santa Fe South (64th, 713.06) does not have football.
As a result, the biggest flip has Del City and Shawnee possibly moving up to 6A II and Ada getting bumped up to 5A.
Tulsa Washington moves down to 5A.
Broken Arrow remains the state’s largest high school with an ADM of 5037.73 and Lawton Academy of Arts and Sciences is the smallest at 12.00.