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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

  • January 19, 2018

    • Attention City High Best Buddies. Our January event theme will be Disability Awareness and will be held in the cafeteria this Tuesday January 23rd from 6-8 pm.Come have some dinner and stay for some fun activities geared towards teaching disability awareness and understanding. We hope to see you all there!
    • Students, we have a severe shortage of loaner Chromebooks, and we need your cooperation. Please return your borrowed devices by the end of the day of checkout, unless you have a long-term problem that requires repair of your device. Any student who has more than one loaner Chromebook in their possession must return any devices beyond your primary device within 24 hours.  From now on, if you already have a loaner device checked out to you, you will not be able to check out another one.  It's easy: Just remember to bring your original, charged Chromebook every day.  If you must borrow a loaner, then return it at the end of the day.
    • Photographers: This month you could be the winner of the City High Review Photo Contest!  Submit your photos to our school’s magazine for art and literature by sending an email attachment to  Please submit more no more than three photos per artist--so select your best. The contest ends at midnight on  January 31st. 
    • Attention Boys Soccer: There is a change to OPEN GYM. Open gym will be help on SUNDAY, JANUARY 21st 7-9PM. (This is a change from Saturday the 20th).
    • Interested in auditioning for the musical LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS? Plan to attend an informational meeting next Tuesdayafter school in Mr. Peters classroom #1510. It's going to be a great show, so go for it!
    • Don't forget: the ComedySportz Improv Match is TONIGHTnight in Opstad Auditorium at  Proceeds go to purchase winter boots for Johnson County families -- so come have some fun and support this unique City High event!
    • Volunteers are needed for the prestigious City Classic Debate Tournament. This will take place on Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27.  Volunteers may receive Silver Cord hours for their time.  Sign-up sheets are located in the Main Office.
    • YEARBOOK BUYING DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 26th $75.00.  Buy your yearbook in the main office or at the following link.
    • Black History Game Show contestants, listen up! You will be having practice during Advisory everyday until the day of competition on January 26th. If you are not consistently showing up for practice, you may be replaced. Practices will be in Room 1113 (Fred Newell’s room)
    • 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 


  • Christine Grant Elementary School Attendance Area Development - Updated Meeting Locations

    The Iowa City Community School District will begin the process of developing the attendance area for the new Christine Grant Elementary School. Grant Elementary will open in the fall of 2019 in North Liberty across from South Slope. This could potentially affect families in the following attendance areas: Garner, Lincoln, Mann, Penn, and Wickham elementary schools.

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  • District Calendars Approved

    During the January 9, 2018 board meeting, the proposed school calendars for the next three years were approved by the board of directors. The calendars for the 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21 school years can be found HERE.

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  • Special Education Survey - Now Open!

    The Iowa City Community School District is currently gathering feedback regarding special education programming. This information will be used to update the District Developed Service Delivery Plan for Special Education. Unique surveys have been designed for parents of students with IEPs, staff, and community members. All survey information is anonymous and confidential.

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  • District donates desks to Haiti

    A little bit of Iowa has arrived in Haiti. This fall, school desks once used by students in the Iowa City Community School District were donated and delivered for use in schools in the Caribbean nation.

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  • City High Student Kate Goodvin Receives Highest Award from National YoungArts Foundation

    The Iowa City Community School District is proud to announce that City High School student Kate Goodvin has been named a 2018 National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) Finalist in Visual Arts, the organization’s highest honor. Selected from the most competitive pool of applications to date, Goodvin has been recognized for her outstanding artistic achievements and joins 757 of the nation’s most promising young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts from 47 states.

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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!