Adding to a recent trend, two schools in the Detroit Public School League will compete in Class B this fall, moving down from Class A. They are Detroit Northwestern and Detroit Kettering. Four other Detroit area schools, three that border Detroit and the fourth an enclave (Hamtramck), also moved down to Class B from A.
We must also point out that two PSL schools, Detroit Central and Detroit Douglass moved up, Central from B to A, and Douglass from C to B. Douglass was in Class C for one year and it opted to compete in Class B during the 2010-11 season.
These changes in classifications were released on Tuesday by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
The three schools moving down that border Detroit are Ferndale, Hazel Park and Warren Lincoln.
While these longtime public schools see decreasing enrollment, charter schools such as Dearborn Advanced Technology Academy and Ferndale University continue to grow. Both DATA and Ferndale University will move from Class C to B.
Three other suburban schools will move from Class B to C. They are Mt. Clemens, River Rouge and Madison Heights Madison. River Rouge has gone back and forth between B and C recently. Both Mt. Clemens and Madison have been in Class B for some time now and their decline in enrollment is perhaps an indication of an aging population in those cities.