What if I told you that it’s not 1975 anymore and 16-year-olds have more things to do than watch reruns of M*A*S*H* on CBS? The more activities there are for kids, the thinner the numbers are going to be. As I’ve said repeatedly, it’s not better or worse that fewer kids are playing. It’s just different. Sorry, everyone over age 50, but ‘tis what ‘tis.
You don’t really know what a micropolitan area is, do you? It’s a census block made up of little census blocks made up of other littler census blocks. It’s pretty much like making a line in Tetris (L-shape goes here, Z-shape goes here...). It contains the whole of Tazewell and Mercer Counties. That block serves 7 high schools (Richlands, Tazewell, Graham, Bluefield, Princeton, Montcalm, Pikeview).
Tazewell County is going to have somewhere in the neighborhood of 40K people when 2020 Census numbers are released, +/- 1K. It’s roughly evenly split between the 3 high schools. Richlands has a little more, Graham a little less. Let’s assume for argument’s sake that Graham has a population base of 12K, which probably overshoots it by a hair.
Lee County has 23K people, which will likely be 21.5K after the 2020 Census. Lee High serves about 2/3 of that population, which probably undershoots it by a hair.