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  • April 28, 2017

    • Prom tickets will be on sale in the Main Foyer at lunch from now on and Friday they will also be sold in the main foyer after school. Prom Tickets are $15 each. Get yours in advance because they will not be sold at the door. Also, if you are taking a guest to prom who is from another school, you need a guest permission slip approved by Mr. Bacon or Mr. Jesperson before you can purchase a guest ticket. Those take some time to complete and the deadline for turning them in is next Tuesday. All prom details are available online
    • REMINDER: The AP Chemistry test will be on Monday, May1st at 7:30am in the Band room and the AP Psychology test will be on Monday, May 1st at 12:35pm in the Band room.
    • There will be no JV Girls Tennis practice today
    • For any student involved in City High Drama productions this year, please pick up a Drama Involvement sheet from the bulletin board by the stage door of Opstad. This info is used to consider you for induction into the Thespian organization. See Mr. Peters with any questions.
    • If you are interested in playing softball this year there will be a player meeting on Tuesday, May 2nd at 4:00 in the commons.
    • Students: Get your tickets to the spring musical GUYS AND DOLLS this weekend only. Performances are Friday and Saturday night at 7:30, and 2:00PM on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are only $6 for a great show, and you can reserve your seats online. See the posters or banner in the lobby for ticket info.
    • Attention all freshmen that are interested in playing sophomore boys basketball next year.  There will be a meeting in Mr. Hightshoe’s room Tuesday morning at 8:30.
    • Due to group leaders being gone to Drake Relays, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes will not meet on Friday, April 28.  The next meeting will be Friday, May 5th. Coach McTaggart
    • Hey Best Buddies-Don’t forget that the Best Buddies Friendship Ball is this Saturday, April 29th from 5:30-8:00 p.m. in the second floor social hall at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center.
    • Film Fest submissions are due by the end of the day FRIDAY!  But don’t wait!  Get them turned in to the art department (Mr. Close or Mr. Peterson) as soon as possible!  We’ll need a hard copy, either a DVD or a flash drive, which you’ll get back.  Film Fest is on May 5th, so mark your calendars!
    • Attention Seniors: We need your pictures for the Senior Slide Show. The slide show is shown at graduation each year and we want you to be a part of it. Please send us pictures that represent your years at City High! Email your pictures to Stop by tech services (located in the library) if you have any questions.
    • If you are interested in being a part of the City High Dance Marathon Club, please pop into the Main Office to sign up.
    • Grant Wood Elementary has it’s Spring Carnival this Friday, April 28th from 5:30-7:00.  Horace Mann has their carnival on Saturday, April 29th from 4:00-7:00.  Both schools are looking for volunteers to help out.  Any student interested in this can get information in the Main Office.
    • United Action for Youth’s Community Youth Leadership Program provides young adults opportunities to reach their leadership potentials through working with the community to create positive change. As this school year begins to wind-down, they are starting to recruit for the 2017-2018 school year. Applications can be found on the counter in the Main Office.
    • Attention current juniors, applications for 2017/2018 Student Senate President and Vice President are now available in the main office.  Application are due to Mr. Tygrett in room 3311 by Friday April 28th


  • Carver-Hawkeye Arena Accessibility Information for Upcoming Graduation Ceremonies

    The Iowa City Community School District has been notified by the University of Iowa that there will be limited access to the elevators at Carver-Hawkeye Arena during the upcoming graduation ceremonies for both West High School on Saturday, May 27th at 7:00pm and City High School on Sunday, May 28th at 1:00pm.

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  • New 12th Grade Immunization Requirement

    Per Iowa law, at the start of the 2017-18 school year, 12th grade students born after September 15, 1999, will be REQUIRED to have at least one meningococcal vaccine after the age of 16 (to prevent meningitis, a bacteria that infects the brain, blood and spinal cord).

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  • Message to the Community

    This weekend, much of the world’s attention was focused on an effort by the federal government to impose restrictions on the ability of immigrants and refugees to come to the United States. From protestors at airports and on the streets to lawyers and judges in courtrooms, there was a swift reaction by many in support of immigrants and refugees.

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  • Postsecondary Readiness Reports

    There is a new state resource that provides comprehensive information on student postsecondary enrollment and preparedness that can be connected to every public high school in Iowa. A new web-based tool called the Postsecondary Readiness Reports provides a snapshot of every Iowa public high school in relation to its graduates’ enrollment in colleges and universities, remedial course-taking rates, and postsecondary retention and completion rates. These rates are available statewide and by Iowa high school.

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  • Liberty High Course Offerings Announced

    The Iowa City Community School District is excited to announce the course offerings, as well as the co-curricular and extra-curricular offerings, for the 2017-2018 school year at Liberty High School.

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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!

City High School Awards

  • America's Top High Schools Logo

    • 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.
    • 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.

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