I grew up on the east coast but have lived in Michigan for about a decade now. One thing I can't figure out about Michigan HS sports is why there aren't separate playoffs for public and private schools. I take this into context as I was recently at some HS lacrosse events noticing that 6 of the top 10 ranked D1 teams and three of the final four D1 teams are private schools which have the ability to recruit while public schools are obviously stuck to their boundaries. In the two states I grew up in, public and private schools MIGHT (if they chose) play a non-conference regular season game against each other but once they got the playoffs, there were separate tournaments for public and private and two state champions were crowned.
I also saw this article about similar problems being considered in Kansas http://www.kansas.com/2010/04/18/1273988_public-private-dilemma-a-common.html . Looks like 12 states have separate associations for private and public schools and another four have some kind of equation that makes private schools play at a higher classification than what their enrollment would indicate. Interesting thoughts all.
I know for people in MI who have grown up with this system, it seems normal, but when you look at the MHSAA website and see that private schools take up a disproportionate number of team championship and runner-up spots, it surprises me that this issue never seems to be raised in the papers or by public school athletic directors or parents. Anyone have any thoughts on this.