That enrollment thing definitely isn't true. Parkview's campus is extremely landlocked. They have no where to expand to fit more students.
You might be right, I'm just going by what people at PBS have told me, ie, "football will never let us get above 650 students", etc. It might just be secondhand BS. It's been a long time since I was a PBS student.
But to be fair, it still doesn't make sense why their enrollment would be as low as it is. It's the most established non-Catholic private school in BR (a city that is majority non-Catholic), has the best location (Airline Hwy, not far from I-10 and I-12 and 10 minutes from booming Ascension Parish), and gets the best PR of anyone in the area with their dominant football program and success in other sports.
Back in the late 90's when the EBR publics crumbled to new depths, PBS went from 0-10 to 10-0 in football...yet remained 3A. So while some saw the EBR failings as a boost to PBS enrollment (and therefore responsible for the turnaround in football), in actuality it didn't change enrollment. It just allowed them to be more selective and, apparently, give the gifted athletes and giant linemen priority in admissions. (Again, nothing wrong with that, I think more HS's should do it)
You might have a point about lack of land, but I know they've built some new buildings since I was a student there including a new gym. And, they have to account for their PK-8th grades too.
The demand is clearly there to support 1000+ HS students. I understand if they don't want to get that big, or don't have room to, and football staying in 3A may only be a small reason why. When the LHSAA allowed schools to "play up", PBS could have jumped up to 4A (unless I'm mistaken) but chose to stay at 3A. If given the chance to play in a "super class", I'm not sure they'd do it.
This post was edited on 12/11 at 9:55 am