IGHSAU Makes Changes to Classifications Rules

West Des Moines, Iowa – The IGHSAU has made minor changes to classifications for the upcoming school year. The IGHSAU announced that volleyball and basketball would adopt the classifications rules that have been used in softball. The classifications numbers come from the schools’ enrollment in grades 9,10, and 11. Under the new classifications, the top 40 schools will be in 5A, the next 48 will be in 4A, the next 64 will be in 3A, the 80 schools after that will be in 2A, with the rest of the schools filing into 1A.  


This will shack things up for a few area schools, and for some schools, business as usual. The biggest shack up is between Class 2A and 3A. Osage, who has been a top-rated team in Class 3A in both volleyball and basketball, will now play in Class 2A. The Greendevils are listed on the Beds Document as the 155th largest school in the state, with 205 students in 9th-11th grade. They didn’t miss the 3A cut line by much, as the smallest 3A school, West Lyon, Inwood has just four more students then Osage. 


The West Hancock Eagles will stay in Class 1A, missing the cut line for 2A by just two students. The Eagles will be the largest 1A school in the state, checking in with 145 students. MFL MarMac will be the smallest 2A school, with 147 students in grades 9-11. The Eagles will also remain a favorite to return to the Class 1A state basketball tournament, along with last year’s champion Newell-Fonda. 


The state’s smallest school is Diagonal with 21 students, and the largest school in the state is West Des Moines, Valley, with 2,201. Iowa City, Liberty, one of the newest schools in the state will be the smallest school in 5A, beating out Mason City High by 36 students. The Mohawks will be the largest 4A school, ahead of Des Moines, Hoover by six students. Humboldt will stay in Class 3A, just four students behind the 4A cut line. 


Below you will find the area schools, what state rank they are,  what class they will play in, and how many students in grades 9-11 they have. 


  1. Mason City 4A 810
  2. Humboldt 3A 362
  3. Algona 3A 319
  4. Hampton-Dumont-CAL 3A 315
  5. Clear Lake 3A 295 
  6. Forest City 3A 272
  7. GHV 3A 219
  8. Eagle Grove 2A 199
  9. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 2A 199
  10. Belmond-Klemme 2A 174 
  11. North Union 2A 164
  12. Central Springs 2A 161
  13. Lake Mills 2A 158
  14. West Fork, Sheffield 2A 147
  15. West Hancock, Britt 1A 145
  16. Saint Ansgar 1A 137
  17. Northwood-Kensett 1A 120
  18. North Butler 1A 119
  19. Nashua-Plainfield 1A 119
  20. Bishop Garrigan 1A 114 
  21. Newman Catholic 1A 106
  22. North Iowa, Buffalo Center 1A 96 

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