In the beginning, Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South high schools solved a numerical problem for the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference.
In the end, the schools presented costly travel problems other MIC members couldn’t solve.
Consequently, the Terre Haute schools were removed from the conference by a 6-2 vote during Thursday’s annual meeting of MIC principals, the dissenting votes cast by the Terre Haute schools. They will be replaced by Marion County schools Pike and Lawrence Central.
The change goes into effect in the 2014-15 school year.
Carmel Principal John Williams, who is serving as MIC president for the 2012-13 school year, stressed the vote had nothing to do with the quality of the Terre Haute schools but everything to do with travel and related issues, such as transportation costs and academic concerns.
“The basis for this decision was strictly a location consideration. The Terre Hautes are where they are,” Williams said. “It certainly wasn’t anything the Terre Hautes did. They’ve been great colleagues of the MIC.”
When the conference was formed, the Terre Haute schools also gave the MIC the desired eight members it sought before launching play in 1998. Formed in 1996, only six schools — Center Grove, Ben Davis, Carmel, Lawrence North, North Central and Warren Central — joined the MIC, the so-called “Super Conference,” despite invitations to more than two dozen central Indiana schools.
Center Grove athletics director Jon Zwitt remembers the relief when the MIC welcomed the Terre Haute schools as pioneer members, albeit reluctantly, when fledgling league exhausted all efforts to attract eight members.