It used to be this way in SWO, but as the suburbs grew it changed the landscape of both public and private schools. Look at how Mason and Lakota districts boomed and how many families uprooted from their traditional Catholic communities to the new ones that cropped up north and east of Cincinnati. Would they have done so if they knew their kids would have been unable to attend their alma mater? Not to mention that many of the families have both boys and girls and since Cincinnati offers 4 all boys and now 4 all girls schools plus many coed ones, that is a contributing factor as well. Many of the students have no local ties but have moved from other cities where their families attended Catholic schools.And that's the problem. It doesn't work that way in Columbus. I know I've explained it before, but I'll repeat it for new people.
Feeder schools are parish schools and will take anyone registered in their parish - even if the student isn't in his "home parish" as the Catholic Church defines it. In the Columbus Diocese, high schools boundaries are set geographically independent of official parish boundaries though they try to align them as much as possible. The exception is St Charles, who will take anyone from anywhere in the diocese. If you live in Franklin County and in the designated Hartley territory, you go to Hartley. Legacy and other exceptions have to be granted by both the sending and receiving principals, and they're rare. When Alonzo Booth went school shopping (it was publicized in the newspaper), he was probably told that Hartley would not grant a waiver. And that's true. He was told he had to move into DeSales territory just like all the kids that Jerry Francis and friends told to get an apartment in Pickerington. I digress.
Anyhow, CBP would be different if the rest of the state functioned like Columbus. They would just do a +2 or whatever for the waiver only kids. But since the big (and medium) schools run by religious orders and often diocesan schools as well in SWO and NEO and maybe the rest of the state don't have any real boundaries except for maybe the diocese (and I'm skeptical of that), then the plan was designed to treat everyone equally. The publics weren't as upset by the wideness of the attendance boundaries so much as they were by the complete lack of them. And no one could have told the religious orders to change. They don't even listen to the Pope. And, especially since one of them in Akron was cheerfully rejecting academic and institutional integrity in pursuit of trophies at the time.