In an effort to find parity and reboot a postseason system long limited to four teams, the District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association has realigned its football conference and now will host two city championships, DCPS officials announced Tuesday.
The move comes on the heels of Spingarn High School’s impending closure in Northeast and the disparity in scheduling between the traditional East and West divisions. Two new subdivisions, which officials have named the Stars and Stripes, will feature six teams apiece beginning in the fall of 2013.
The Stars division will feature Anacostia, Ballou, Coolidge, Dunbar, H.D. Woodson and Wilson. Those schools will be eligible for the annual Turkey Bowl each November, while teams in the Stripes division — which includes Bell, Cardozo, Eastern, Phelps, McKinley Tech and Theodore Roosevelt — will not compete for a place in the Thanksgiving Day game. Instead, the Stripes division will employ an independent playoff format that will culminate in an inaugural football championship to be played in November. Winners of the Stripes division can petition to join the Stars division.