Gig Harbor High School, currently in Class 4A, is likely to re-classify to 3A, The Gateway has learned.
While the preliminary enrollment numbers are fluid and subject to change, Gig Harbor is well below the 4A cutoff line, with six schools ahead of the Tides as of Thursday.
While schools have the choice to opt up to a higher classification, Gig Harbor is unlikely to try to do so, although it remains an option.
Sumner High School is likely headed up to 4A, which leaves an opening in the Class 3A South Puget Sound League. This would be an intriguing option for Gig Harbor, with crosstown rival Peninsula already in the league. It would make scheduling Peninsula easier for the Tides since the Seahawks would be automatically scheduled in league competitions across all sports.
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It would also make the Fish Bowl a league contest once again. The Fish Bowl, the annual football game between Gig Harbor and Peninsula, would likely be moved back to the end of the season, and could once again have league title ramifications. The two schools haven’t been in the same league since Peninsula stepped down from Class 4A after the 2000 season.
Discussions are still ongoing and more concrete answers should become available by mid-January.