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City High School Awards

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    • Iowa City High School has recently been named as one of America's top high schools by Newsweek for 2015 and by The Daily Beast for 2014.  It has also been named as one of the top schools in the country by US News and World Report, Newsweek, and The Washington Post.   
    • City High was identified as an EXEMPLAR SCHOOL for college readiness. 
    • City High's student publication The Little Hawk and website has been named a Pacemaker in 2014, 2015, and 2016, 2017
    • One of the only high schools in the country to receive both awards and the only school in Iowa.  
    • Best Buddies has been named the leading chapter in the country repeatedly over the last decade.

Daily Announcements

  • Party After Prom

    Please consider joining us for the 2019 Party After Prom on Saturday, May 4th, from 11:00 pm – 2:30 am at the UI Campus Rec and Wellness Center (CRWC)! You can expect delicious food, great music, amazing prizes throughout the night (must be present to win), and exciting activities like cash cube, the CRWC rock climbing wall, a hypnotist, cake walk, blackjack tables and a Henna station. Please complete the Liability Form and Rock Climbing Wall Waiver by Friday, April 26th  and return them to the City High main office or mail to Tracy Rew, 1815 Ridgeway Dr, Iowa City IA 52245.  

    Please consider volunteering to help at this awesome event - meet other parents and see that the kids really have a lot of fun!  Take a look at our Sign Up Genius, here.

    We are having a special Fundraiser Night with Short's Eastside, Sunday, April 28th, starting at 5pm.  15% of sales will go to help pay for the facility, food for the students, prizes, etc.  Mark your calendar!

    Lastly, we are still taking donations from parents and families of juniors and seniors - you may send a check or donate through our GoFundMe page.

    Info sheet

    Volunteer sign up genius

    Liability Release Form

    Rock Climbing Wall Waiver

    April 19, 2019

    • To any girls interested in trying out for softball please stop by the commons after school TODAY to sign up.
    • Attention seniors! Send us your pictures for the senior slideshow and be a part of this long standing City High tradition. Every year the slideshow is shown during City High’s graduation ceremony at Carver-Hawkeye arena. Share with us your memories of being at City High. They can range from taking part in school activities (sports, homecoming, prom, etc.), to vacations, or even those silly selfies you take with friends. Deadline to submit pictures:  Friday, May 10 (by midnight). Submit pictures to :
    • The Sparkle Cheer Team is looking for new members! No prior cheerleading experience necessary. Please come to the informational meeting on Tuesday April 23rd at 5:30pm in the Commons.
    • Grant Wood Elementary is looking for volunteers to help with their carnival. Details can be found in the Main Office
    • Safety Village is looking for helpers again this summer. You can find the application in the Main Office if interested.
    • Are you interested in hosting this years City High Film Fest? Auditions will be held on April 23rd after school in Opstad Auditorium. Not interested in hosting, but have an awesome movie? Submissions for Film Fest are being accepted now through May 3rd.
    • SENIORS- Please remember to sign up for your “Senior Service Day” project on SCHED. The deadline is April 30th.
    • May the 4th be with you!  Prom 2019 is fast approaching.  Prom is Saturday, May 4th, from 8-11 at the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus.  Ticket are $20 each and will go on sale Monday, April 15th.
    • Karaoke, rock climbing and LOTS and LOTS of food!  Enjoy these activities at the Party AFTER Prom. Starts at 11pm - right after the dance - at the CWRC.  Come join the fun!  Have your parents check their email and then get your forms filled out and turned in!
    • Attention Juniors and Seniors: Prom is fast approaching! If you have more than 3 unexcused absences to one class or 10 total you won't be allowed to attend Prom. Students ineligible to attend Prom have been notified by email . If you received an email you will need to visit with Mr. Coleman (Dean). You will not be allowed to buy Prom tickets without making arrangements to clear up UA's. Go to class! #stopunexcusedabsences #maythe4thbewithyou.
    • All parking tickets must be paid in order to attend Prom. All students with unpaid tickets should have received a notice last Please see Mr. Knoop with questions.                     

City High News

District News

  • 2019-20 Pay-to-Ride Transportation

    The Iowa City Community School District offers a Pay-to-Ride program for individuals that are not eligible for mandatoory busing. The program details, as well as information on the application process, are listed below.

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  • Making Up Missed School Time

    It goes without saying that this winter has delivered its fair share of inclement weather for our area. It has been quite some time since we have experienced a winter of this magnitude. With that being said, we understand that many of you have questions about how the multiple cancellations, late starts, and early dismissals will impact the end of the school year.

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  • 2019-20 Elementary Attendance Areas

    The Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors approved new elementary attendance areas for the 2019-20 school year. The new boundaries were approved during their November 27 board meeting. The updated maps can be found on the District website at the following link:

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  • Schools Serving as Election Polling Sites

    We have received multiple inquiries regarding our schools serving as election polling locations. While we understand the concern of allowing our schools to be open to the public throughout the school day, we are required by State Statute 49.24 to make our facilities available for this purpose.

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  • District ACT Scores Released

    The Iowa City Community School District is excited to share the District’s ACT data for tested 2018 graduates. We are proud to report that once again the District's average composite ACT score of 24.9 exceeds the state's average, which comes in at 21.8 for 2018.

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Principal's Message

  • John Bacon Welcome to City High School!

    City High is a special place with a rich and distinguished history. Our students are incredible, talented young people. Our families are highly supportive, active, and involved. Our faculty and staff represent true excellence in education. Our alumni share a common bond and continually rally around our beautiful school. Together, we are “The School That Leads!”

    As a proud graduate of City High (1992), I have a deep passion for our school. More than anything else, the experience I had as a student at City High shaped the future direction of my life. It is an honor and a joy to serve as principal.

    At City High, we share a common vision. Our school will be: 

    •  An academic powerhouse that delivers a world-class education
    •  A comprehensive high school with co-curricular activities that operate at an elite level in the great state of Iowa
    •  A place where all students are connected to our school so that they feel important, valued, and that they belong
    •  An institution with the highest code of ethics for students and staff; a place of deep respect and kindness

    Thanks for taking time to visit our website. It’s great to be a City High Little Hawk!