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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

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    Friday, September 20, 2019

    • If anyone is interested in being on the City High Girls Soccer Team, there is an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 24 at 4:15 in the Commons.
    • Reminder to students about the buzz-in doors. All students are required to carry their student ID to enter this building.  Students and staff should not open doors for students as this system is in place to keep everyone safe and secure while at City High.
    • Students who want/plan to take PSEO coursework at the University of Iowa for Spring semester:  the new PSEO forms are here- see your counselor to get the Spring PSEO forms. Deadline for completed paperwork is: OCTOBER 22 (FIRM DEADLINE)
    • Interested in Environmental Issues? Then come to the first meeting of the Environmental and Garden Club Thursday, Sept 26 at 8:10 in Room 1410.  See Mrs. Lestina with Questions. 
    • City High is starting a new program called The Girls That Lead, targeting our female athletes. This program will focus on areas such as leadership, mental toughness, balancing academics and sports, being a positive teammate, and other topics helping you get the most out of your experience as a Little Hawk athlete. There will be an informational meeting next Wednesday at 8:25 am in Room 1414. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Barnard.
    • All members of Best Buddies are invited to join us for our annual trip to Wilson's Apple Orchard this Sunday, September 22nd from 1-3 p.m. Our group will be meeting at the top of the hill near the entrance. Please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to have a whole lot of fun! We look forward to seeing you there. For additional information please contact Ms. Schwab or Mr. Braverman.
    • This is a reminder to please turn in your submissions for the Best Buddies annual t-shirt design contest by the end of the day today. You can place them in Mr. Braverman's mail box in the main office, or drop them off in room 1204. If you did yours electronically, please attach it to an email and send it to tom@iowacityschools.orgThank you to those who have already submitted your entries!
    • Attention Little Hawks: City High Sparkles is an inclusive cheerleading team that includes students with and without disabilities. We would like to recruit new members of all abilities to our team. You need NO cheerleading experience, but just need to be interested in the mission of inclusion, motivating others, and cheering! If you'd like to join or need more information, please stop by our informational meeting Tuesday September 24th at 8:00 am in the Commons. Come collect more information about how you can be involved in this amazing club. If you can't make the meeting, feel free to contact Ms. Schwab in room 1407 for more information
    • School Pictures have arrived! If you ordered pictures, please stop in the Main Office to pick them up when you have an open hour or before/after school.
    • ATTENTION: If you are planning to bring a non-City High student to the Homecoming Dance on Saturday, September 28th, you MUST complete a guest form. Forms are located on the counter in the Main Office. These forms require several signatures so get your form as soon as possible to make sure your guest can attend.
    • The Math Club is having a contest to design this year's math club t-shirt.  Anyone can enter.  Entries are due to Mrs. McLaughlin by Wednesday, September 25.  The winner will receive a free math club t-shirt.  And don't forget, math club meets on Thursday mornings at 8:15 in room 1212.
    • Once again we will be nominating City High teachers for 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  Nomination letters should be sent to Mr. Bacon or turned into the Main Office.

City High News

District News

  • Iowa City Community School District Announces 2020 National Merit Semifinalists

    Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) have announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The Iowa City Community School District is proud to announce that the following seniors in the District have earned this honor...

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  • Iowa City Home School Assistance Program Ribbon Cutting Celebration

    The Iowa City Community School District will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new location of the Iowa City Home School Assistance Program. We invite you to join us on Thursday, September 26 at 11:15am at the ICHSAP building (1400 Grissel Place, Iowa City) to help welcome this community of learners and educators to their new home.

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  • Dine Out For Education

    Mark your calendar and #gethungryforeducation! The fall Dine Out for Education is on Thursday, September 26, 2019. All you have to do is dine out at one or more of our 42 participating restaurants and businesses on September 26 and they will donate 10% of their daily sales in support of our schools. Take-out and delivery count! For more information, visit the ICCSD Foundation website at or take a look at partner restaurants’ online menus.

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  • Message to the Community

    As we welcome students back for the new school year, we would like to take a moment to remind families of the commitment to equity and inclusion that the Iowa City Community School District holds. As efforts are being made by the federal government to crack down on immigrants and refugees in the United States, our responsibility to provide a safe, secure, and nurturing environment for all of our students to participate in their education becomes more important than ever.

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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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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!