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Here is the Mountie football team's classification over the years -

Seasons Class Organization All Classes Notes
1900 - 1926 N/A independent N/A  
1927 one class WPIAL one class 1
1928 - 1931 B WPIAL A, B 2
1932 - 1949 B WPIAL AA, A, B 3
1950 - 1952 B WPIAL AA, A, B, C 4
1953 - 1954 B WPIAL AA, A, B 5
1955 - 1962 A WPIAL AA, A, B  
1963 - 1966 B WPIAL AA, A, B  
1967 - 1969 A WPIAL AA, A, B  
1970 - 1971 (A) (WPIAL) (AA, A, B) 6
1972 - 1984 A Western Conf. A, B 7,8,9
1985 AAA District 6 AAAA, AAA, AA, A 10
1986 - 1987 AA District 6 AAAA, AAA, AA, A 11
1988 - 2003 AA PIAA AAAA, AAA, AA, A 12
2004 - 2007 A PIAA AAAA, AAA, AA, A  
2008 - 2009 AA PIAA AAAA, AAA, AA, A  

1.  Ligonier joined the WPIAL in 1927, when there were no classes and all teams competed for the same championship.  The WPIAL had been formed in 1906 and started determining football champions in 1914.

2.  The WPIAL split its football teams into two classes starting in 1928, Class A and Class B.

3.  The WPIAL added Class AA for the largest schools in 1932.

4.  The WPIAL added Class C for the smallest schools in 1950.  Perennial Ligonier opponent Derry Borough was in Class C.

5.  The WPIAL eliminated Class C in 1953

6.  Though Ligonier remained a member of the WPIAL as a school, it stopped playing a WPIAL football schedule after 1969, when it joined the Mountain Conference, which never classified its football teams by enrollment.  Ligonier's classification would have remained Class A in the WPIAL.

7.  The WPIAL changed its class names from AA, A, and B to AAA, AA, and A effective for the 1975 season.  Ligonier would have transitioned to Class AA at this point in the WPIAL system.  The WPIAL added Class AAAA in 1980.

8.  The Western Conference had two classes during this period:  Class A for larger schools and Class B for smaller schools.  This was the only football organization Ligonier belonged to during this period that classified its football teams by enrollment.  The Western Conference, still in existence today, never received much publicity in the Ligonier area.

9.  During this period, outside the WPIAL, a school's football classification was sometimes unofficially referenced as being the same as its boys' basketball classification.  Ligonier was PIAA Class B in basketball from 1960 to 1975, when the PIAA changed its lettering system and Class B became Class AA.  Ligonier has been PIAA Class AA in boys' basketball ever since, except for the 1983-84 season, when it was Class AAA.

10.  District 6 started football playoffs in four classes in 1985.  This was when District 6 began classifying its football teams by enrollment.

11.  In order to parallel District 6 and then the PIAA, the Western Conference changed from two classes (A, B) to four classes (AAAA, AAA, AA, A) effective for the 1986 season.  Ligonier remains a member of the Western Conference, in addition to the Heritage Conference and District 6.

12.  The PIAA started football playoffs in four classes in 1988 and began to classify football teams statewide, by enrollment.

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