Bay Village Schools to Join New Athletic Conference for the 2024-25 School Year

During the May 15, 2023, Bay Village Board of Education meeting, Board members unanimously voted to withdraw from the Great Lakes Conference (GLC) after this coming school year (2023-24).

Ten high schools, including Bay High School, have submitted letters of intent to withdraw from the Great Lakes Conference. Eight of the ten high schools have agreed to establish a yet-to-be-named athletic conference for the 2024-25 school year. The Great Lakes Conference is an Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) athletics conference that began play during the 2015-16 school year.

The decision to withdraw from the Great Lakes Conference comes after events impacting the structure of the conference occurred, including Parma City Schools closing Parma Senior High School and Fairview Park City Schools expressing an intent to leave the conference to join the Chagrin Valley Conference, leaving the Great Lakes Conference with 10 participating high schools. Bay, along with Rocky River, Westlake, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Buckeye, Normandy and Valley Forge will form a new 8-team conference, yet to be named, after the 2023-24 school year. This preferred structure will allow for more flexibility in scheduling, and will start with the 2024-25 school year.

“We have enjoyed the time we have spent in the GLC and appreciate the competition with the other schools. We are excited to build a new conference that will create strong partnerships and a strong level of play for all of our student-athletes,” said Bay High School Principal Jason Martin.

Bay Village Schools joined the Great Lakes Conference during the conference’s inaugural season during the 2015-16 school year.

“We have enjoyed our time in the GLC and look forward to what is ahead for Bay and the schools in the new conference,” added Bay Village Schools Athletics/Activities Director Matt Spellman. “Also, with this 8-team conference, it allows for a more unified model for athletics in grades 7-12.”

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