Hillhouse, New London among schools changing classes in Connecticut high school football

(WTNH)–Several schools in Connecticut have been reclassified by the CIAC according to their enrollment for 2017. This process, while less mind-numbing and paradoxical than conference realignment on the collegiate level, can have an impact on which schools are playing for the championship come December.

Schools move up and down in class every year, but this year’s moves aren’t quite as impactful as last year’s, when Darien moved up from Class L to Class LL (escaping nemesis New Canaan), and subsequently won the championship.

Maybe the most notable of this year’s moves is Hillhouse’s drop from Class L to M, which could put the Academics back in position for a state title. Hillhouse has done well when it’s competed in Class M, having won the title in 2012. New London also moved down from L to M. The Whalers lost to Hillhouse in the Class M title game in 2010.

Check out the entire list of classes below:

Class LL: Schools with enrollments of 675 or more

-Bridgeport Central
-Brien McMahon
-East Hartford
-Enfield (moves up from Class S, after merger with Fermi)
-Fairfield Ludlowe
-Fairfield Prep
-Fairfield Warde
-New Britain
-New Milford
-Norwich Free Academy
-West Haven
-Wilbur Cross

Class L: Enrollments of between 522-671

-Bristol Central
-Bristol Eastern
-Cheney Tech (up from Class M)
-Crosby (down from Class LL)
-Daniel Hand
-E.O. Smith
-East Lyme
-Hartford Public (down from Class LL)
-Joel Barlow
-New Canaan
-New London (up from Class M)
-North Haven
-Notre Dame-West Haven
-Sacred Heart/Kaynor (up from M)
-Vinal/East Hampton/Goodwin

Class M: Enrollments from 389-521

-Abbott Tech/Immaculate
-Avon (moves down from Class L)
-Bacon Academy
-Branford (down from Class L)
-Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton
-CREC Coop (up from Class S)
-East Haven
-Hillhouse (down from Class L)
-Jonathan Law
-Lewis Mills
-Lyman Hall
-New Fairfield
-Platt Tech
-Quinebaug Valley (down from Class L)
-St. Joseph
-Thames River (down from Class L)
-Valley Regional/Old Lyme
-Wilcox Tech
-Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby
-Wolcott (up from Class S)
-Wolcott Tech/Housy/Wamogo* (WT added Housy, Wamogo)
-Woodstock Academy

Class S (Enrollment of 388 or less)

-Bullard Havens Tech
-East Catholic
-Granby Memorial
-Holy Cross
-Ledyard (down from Class M)
-North Branford
-Northwest Catholic
-Notre Dame-Fairfield
-O’Brien Tech
-Old Saybrook/Westbrook
-Prince Tech
-Rockville (down from Class M)
-Rocky Hill
-St. Paul Catholic
-Stafford/East Windsor/Somers
-Trinity Catholic

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