The South Carolina High School League has received two proposals that could impact participation of private schools in the future.
Nine Spartanburg County schools on Tuesday proposed that private schools compete in a separate championship bracket, according to Spartanburg District 4 Superintendent Rallie Liston.
Liston says he simply wants to get the topic out there for discussion in order to make something positive happen for what he believes is currently an unlevel playing field as private schools have the ability to recruit students.
Christ Church Episcopal School Athletic Director R.J. Beach tells the Greenville News we value our membership in the South Carolina High School League. We want to compete on the basis of the merits of our programs.
Christ Church has won back-to-back state football titles in 1A. Another private school, Bishop England of Charleston, has won consecutive 2A state football championships.
Those two, and roughly a dozen other private schools in the Palmetto State, have enjoyed significant success in other sports as well.
According to the Greenville News, Branchville High School in the lower part of the state has submitted another proposal that seeks to remove all private schools from the SCHSL.
Eight of the SCHSL's 15 non-public schools are in the Upstate and in addition to Christ Church include Southside Christian, St. Joe's, Brashier Middle College, Greer Middle College, and Greenville Tech Charter in Greenville County as well the South Carolina School For The Deaf And Blind in Spartanburg and Calhoun Falls Charter.
Seven of the 15 compete for state championships in football with all schools competing in most of the other sports.
The two proposals will now likely be reviewed by each of the SCHSL's four classifications at their respective meetings next month and could be voted on by the league's full body at a meeting in Charleston in early March. A two-thirds vote is needed to pass.
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