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Denmark wins appeal, will move up to Class 7A in 2020

Denmark will move up to Class 7A, after all.

A week after being placed in Class 6A, Denmark won its appeal Tuesday and will move into the classification for Georgia's largest schools beginning in 2020-21. 

The Danes will compete in Region 6-7A with Forsyth Central, Lambert, North Forsyth, South Forsyth, West Forsyth and Gainesville.

"The main reason is, we want to play against the schools closest to us and afford our students the best opportunity to stay in class," Denmark athletic director Jamie Corr said. "If we would have stayed in the Gwinnett region that we were placed in for 6A, the average time our students would to get out of class would be 2:12. In the 7A Forsyth region that we just now moved into, now our students, for an away region game, wouldn't have to leave class until 2:52, on average."

Denmark was originally placed in Region 8-6A with Buford, Central Gwinnett, Dacula, Habersham Central, Lanier and Winder-Barrow.

The appeal centered on three arguments: travel time, missed class time for students and missed class time for teachers who also coach.

The Georgia High School Association approved the appeal unanimously while also striking down Alpharetta's appeal to move from Region 5-7A to Region 6-7A.

"All of our student-athletes are going to be excited to play against their friends," Corr said. "And, of course, it creates a better atmosphere with larger crowds and attendance at games."