After much discussion and lengthy deliberation, the Suburban League has voted to remain at 15 schools and not expand its membership numbers.
With questions of enrollment balance and geography (travel time) being the two most critical elements under consideration, it was decided that the ultimate interests of the current 15 schools would be best met by remaining at 15 member schools.
This decision does not affect last September’s decision to move Cuyahoga Falls from the National Conference to the American Conference once the 2021-22 season begins. Cuyahoga Falls will join Aurora, Barberton, Copley, Highland, Revere, Kent Roosevelt and Tallmadge in the American Conference. The National Conference will comprise Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Hudson, Nordonia, North Royalton, Stow-Munroe Falls, Twinsburg and Wadsworth.
The league began in 1949 with five teams and stayed with that configuration until 1958 when five more teams were added. From 1974 until its first ever true expansion in 2015, the league had eight teams with multiple schools being in the mix.
In August of 2015. membership was expanded to 16 teams (effective with the 2016-17 school year) and split into two conferences, American and National.
This format was basically determined by enrollments. However, in 2016, Lodi Cloverleaf announced it was leaving the league to join the Portage Trail Conference, thus leaving the league with 15 teams.
Between 2016 and 2020, the league diligently tried to fill the 16th spot, but was unable to do so. In January, the league publicly stated it was re-opening the expansion door with the hope of adding one or more schools.
Although 10 schools applied, no consensus could be reached on what school(s) should be added and remaining at 15 schools was ultimately viewed as the best option for the league as a whole.
The league sponsors championships in 12 boys’ sports and 12 girls’ sports, including its most recent league addition, lacrosse. With new/remodeled high school facilities either planned (Cuyahoga Falls) or under construction (North Royalton and Revere), the league continues to expand and improve opportunities for its high school and middle school student athletes.