No, not in football where Independence and Butler are No.1 and 2 in the state and will face each other in Friday’s rivalry game at Memorial Stadium. In the latest numbers, Independence is No. 5 in the state in total enrollment while Butler is No. 7. Is it any wonder CMS wants to build a new high school in Mint Hill?

The 2008 top 10 largest high schools in North Carolina:

MECKLENBURG COUNTY MYERS PARK HIGH - 2,973
MCDOWELL COUNTY MCDOWELL HIGH -2,911
MECKLENBURG COUNTY HOPEWELL HIGH - 2,764
WAKE COUNTY WAKEFIELD HIGH - 2,713
MECKLENBURG COUNTY INDEPENDENCE HIGH - 2,702
WAKE COUNTY WILLIAM G ENLOE HIGH – 2,623
MECKLENBURG COUNTY DAVID W BUTLER HIGH – 2,527
WAKE COUNTY LEESVILLE ROAD HIGH – 2,480
MECKLENBURG COUNTY WEST MECKLENBURG HIGH – 2,413
RICHMOND COUNTY RICHMOND SENIOR HIGH – 2,397