When Greg Malone looks at the female student-athletes on McKinley HIgh School’s sports teams, he doesn’t have any problem answering one question. Where have all the girls gone?
When Greg Malone looks at the female student-athletes on McKinley HIgh School’s sports teams, he doesn’t have any problem answering one question.
Where have all the girls gone?
However, according to the latest enrollment data from the Ohio Department of Education, McKinley has lost a large chunk of female students in grades nine through 11. McKinley is down 121 girls from the last time the count was taken two years ago.
That means there are 559 females in those three grades, which is what the Ohio High School Athletic Association uses for division classification. That is down from 680.
It is a glaring drop of 17.79 percent.
Malone doesn’t have an answer. He said if McKinley has lost 121 females he hasn’t noticed it in the numbers going out for sports.
“Not really,” Malone said. “Actually, I think there are a couple of our sports where our girls numbers have been better than our boys in the last few years. Soccer would be one. I don’t see a significant trend there where our numbers are decreasing. We have fielded — as long as I can remember — a freshman, JV and varsity volleyball team. The numbers are good there.”
Stark County’s 20 OHSAA member high schools lost 247 females from the count that was taken two years ago. Of that, McKinley accounts for 48.9 percent of that.
McKinley, Timken and GlenOak — schools where the vast majority of Canton residents attend — dropped a combined 184 females.
“Honestly, I haven’t looked over the data closely yet,” Malone said. “But that is something that would catch your eye and you’d want to look into it.”
Hoover dropped by 59 girls, just more than nine percent. However, the Vikings’ softball team is playing in the Division I state semifinal today and is trying to win its third straight state title in that sport this year.
Lake Center Christian School gained 18 girls, which is a significant rise considering the school had just 57 girls two years ago. Now it has 75.
Canton South gained 47 girls. Jackson increased by 32 females and Massillon 39.
Collectively, Stark County schools lost two percent of its female enrollment and one percent of its male enrollment.
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