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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

  • April 19, 2018

    • The list of Sophomores and Juniors who turned in an application to be a City High Ambassador next year, and who qualify to interview for a position, has been posted in the Attendance Office. The sign-up sheets for interviews is also located in the Attendance Office.
    • The City High Best Buddies and Faculty and Staff are invited to attend the annual Eastern Iowa Best Buddies Friendship Walk on Saturday, April 21stat S.T. Morrison Park next to the Coralville Pool. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the walk beginning at 10:00 a.m. A lunch will be served to participants following the walk. Please come support Best Buddies and show our community why City High is truly The School That Leads! For additional information contact Chapter President Molly Brennan or Faculty Advisors Laura Schwab or Tom Braverman.
    • We are going to try this again…Former Hawkeye football player Kevonte Martin-Manley will be at City High to speak to students on Wednesday, April 25th during Advisory. Please sign up in the Main Office if you want to attend.
    • Prom tickets go on sale next week on Wednesday. They are 15 dollars and you have to buy your ticket at school. Remember, if you are purchasing a ticket for a student from another high school, you must have your guest permission slip approved. This process can take a few days, so get your guest slip right away in the main office. Only high school aged students can attend prom. It should be a great event this year. Prom is downtown at Hotel Vetro.
    • Only 9 days left to finish up your movies and turn them in for this years film fest. Please have your movies turned in to art club no later than Friday April 27th.
    • Attention Gamers: There are only six 6 video games clubs left for the remainder of the school year! You don't want to miss out! Bring your gaming skills to room 1413 on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:15. Remember City High Video Game Club...More Games More Fun!!!
    • Attention juniors and seniors: Prom is just over 2 weeks away. Are you eligible to go? Unexcused absences could keep you out. Those that are ineligible will receive a 2nd notice email from Mr. Coleman later today. You won't be allowed to buy a ticket to Prom without taking care of your unexcused absences. #gotoclass #gotoprom #stopunexcusedabsences
    • All students taking an Advanced Placement test should be double checking their Pre-Administration session in their AP classroom. It is imperative that students attend their Pre-Administration session.  All students must complete a portion of their answer sheet and provide information on their individual Student Pack at these sessions.

             The sessions are:  Tuesday April 24th 6th period

                                      Tuesday April 24th After School (4:10)

                                     Wednesday April 25th Before School 7:55 a.m.

                                     Wednesday April 25th 2nd hour

                                     All sessions will be held in the cafeteria.

    •  Due to changes in our ability to offer an Ethnic Studies course on campus next year, we are extending the PSEO deadline to Friday, April 20.  If you are interested in taking a course through the University of Iowa on a topic of Ethnic Studies, either online or in person, please contact your guidance counselor before the extended deadline. You will need to meet criteria set by the University of Iowa including a cumulative 3.5 GPA and meet with an academic advisor from the University to determine which course might be most appropriate for you.
    • There is a new club starting at City High: The City High Classics Club. Have you ever wanted to learn Latin or Greek? Are you interested in Greek/Roman culture? If so, come to the first meeting of the City High Classic Club on Tuesday, April 24 at 4:05 in Room 1305.
    • ATTENTION SENIORS: Don’t forget to send in your pictures for the Senior Slide Show! The Senior Slideshow is a long standing City High tradition and is shown each year at graduation. Please send your pictures and any questions you may have to
    • Have you heard about the $15,000 Party After Prom at the Campus Rec and Wellness Center on May 6?!  Great news! All juniors and seniors and their guests are invited, AND it's not a lock-in this year.  There will be so much to EAT and DO and PLAY and WIN that you won't WANT to leave though!  What's happening at this big expensive party, you ask? Rock climbing, an inflatable obstacle course in the diving pool, a cake walk, a hypnotist, pick-up basketball and volleyball games, human hamster balls, a photo booth and henna station, food, GREAT prizes, and MORE!  Turn in your permission slips to the office right away to be sure you don't miss the party!
    • SENIORS- Please remember to stop in the main office and sign up for your “Senior Service Day” project.
    • Just a reminder about the Excellence award   Students will nominate teachers and staff that go above and beyond.  Students will be asked to write a letter stating why this teacher or staff member should receive the Excellence 


  • Get Moving for Healthy Kids Annual 5K and Youth Track & Field Events

    Join race ambassador Tim Dwight and Herky for this year's Get Moving for Healthy Kids walk/run on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at City High School. Get Moving for Healthy Kids is the annual walk/run event with a dual purpose — as its name implies. The event promotes and supports Healthy Kids Community Care, our area school-based health clinics. These clinics provide basic health care for children without adequate access to the health care most of us take for granted. The second purpose is to promote activity and exercise for our children (and adults too!).

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  • 1st Annual RUN CRANDIC, Sunday, April 29

    The community is invited to participate in the 1st Annual RUN CRANDIC on Sunday, April 29th, 2018. Choose the 5K, half marathon, or marathon between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. All proceeds from this race will benefit the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids community school districts.

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  • 2017-18 District Calendar Update

    As a reminder, this year there were hours built into the District calendar to accommodate potential inclement weather. Due to this, there will not be a need to make up the snow day that occurred on February 9, 2018. As it stands, the last day of school for the 2017-2018 school year is May 30, 2018. To view the full District calendar, please visit

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  • English Language Arts Curriculum Review Survey Is Now Open

    The Iowa City Community School District is reviewing the English Language Arts program, and we need to hear what teachers, administrators, students, and parents think about the program. Your feedback will help us determine the strengths and limitations of the English Language Arts program, so we can make any needed improvements.

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  • Message to Families Regarding School Safety

    Over the past week, there has been an increase in the number of conversations and concerns surrounding school safety. Traumatic and unthinkable events occurring in our country have prompted each of us to pause and reflect on the security measures we have in place. These conversations and events reveal a unifying mission to keep our children safe.

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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!