Public vs. private debate heats up in N.C.

The future status of Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, N.C.), Bishop McGuinness (Kernersville, N.C.) and Charlotte Catholic (Charlotte, N.C.) as members in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association may be determined through a membership vote this week, according to an article published by the Raleigh News & Observer.

Growing concern about the athletic dominance of private schools has made this pending vote a hot topic in North Carolina, as well as in other states where public and private schools compete under the same governing body. The request for the vote to amend the constitution to exclude parochial non-boarding schools in NCHSAA came at the request of six public schools. A three-fourths majority is needed for the measure to pass. A similar proposal failed in 1986. According to the article, Cardinal Gibbons has won 34 state titles in various sports since 2005. Charlotte Catholic has won 20 and McGuinness nine -- including the last seven Class 2A girls' basketball titles.