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  • March 24, 2017

        • The Josten's representative will be in the Lobby from 10:00-12:30 on Tuesday, March 28th, to distribute your graduation orders - caps, gowns, announcements, and other graduation items you ordered.
        • The Senior Class picture will be taken on Wednesday, March 29th, at the beginning of per 3 - you report to the new Gym at the end of period 2 - you will be returning to per 3 class approximately 11:00
        • College Visits for next week: Wednesday, March 29 at 9:30 AM 
        • Truman StateThursday, March 30 at 10:30 AM Iowa State University
        • Thursday, March 30 at 9:30 AM Monmouth College
        • Tuesday, March 28 at 1:00 PM US Air Force Academy
        • JUNIORS, SOPHOMORES, FRESHMEN: The ICCSD College Fair will be Thursday, March 30th, from 5:15 - 8:00 at West High in the cafeteria. This is for all Iowa City students - college representatives from approximately 100 State and Midwest colleges will be there to talk with you and provide information. There is a special Selective College Admissions and Testing presentation at 5:15 in the Little Theater - at 6:30 the Iowa College Access Network will give a presentation on preparing for college. From 6:30 - 8:00 will be the college fair in the cafeteria. This is for students and / or parents.  Pick up information about the College Fair and how to register for the College Fair in the Guidance Office.
        • The annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament is on! It will be on Thursday, March 30 after school in the gym. Get together a team of no more than 4 players and sign up in the Main Office. This can be students and staff. The entry fee to play is one canned good per team member. This is your chance to score on Mr. Bacon, a former member of the City High all defensive basketball team.
        • SENIORS: The application for all the City High Scholarships is due in the Guidance Office by 4:00 TODAY!
        • Students who plan on taking either a summer or fall PSEO class from the University of Iowa, your paperwork is due in the Guidance Office by March 30th. 
        • Attention juniors and seniors: Prom is May 6th less than 2 months away! Attending Prom is a privilege. This means that any student who has 3 unexcused absences to any one class OR 10 unexcused absences total during the third trimester of this year will not be allowed to attend Prom. There will be no exceptions to this policy.


  • 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 (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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  • City High: 6 Year Preview

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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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