KSHSAA Releases New Classifications For Member Schools For 2020-2021 School Year


TOPEKA – The Kansas State High School Activities Association today released new classifications for member schools for all activities excluding football, which runs on a separate 2-year cycle. Classifications are based on the enrollment figures of 9th through 12th grades on September 21, 2020.

The following changes were made in classifications from the 2019-2020 school year.

6A: 36 schools, enrollment 2,397-1,361
Wichita-Northwest moves up from 5A

5A: 36 schools, enrollment 1,306-733
Shawnee-Mill Valley drops from 6A
Kansas City-Piper moves up from 4A

4A: 36 schools, enrollment 707-314
McPherson drops from 5A
Concordia moves up from 3A

3A: 64 schools, enrollment 309-173
Girard drops from 4A
Rossville moves up from 2A
Oskaloosa moves up from 2A
Ellsworth moves up from 2A

2A: 64 schools, enrollment 169-104
Atchison-Maur Hill-Mount Academy drops from 3A
Effingham-Atchison Co. Community drops from 3A
Humboldt drops from 3A
Valley Falls moves up from 1A
Elbing-Berean Academy moves up from 1A
Washington County moves up from 1A

1A: 118 schools, enrollment 104-10
Pratt-Skyline drops from 2A
Topeka-Cair Paravel Latin joins 1A
Canton-Galva drops from 2A
Holton-Jackson Heights drops from 2A

For a listing of all classification and enrollment information, please visit the KSHSAA Classification website. The split between 1A Division 1, and 1A Division 2 will be announced at a later date.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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