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  • District Announces 2022 National Merit Semifinalists

    Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) have announced the names of the Semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The Iowa City Community School District congratulates the following seniors in the District who have earned this honor.

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  • Updated Mask Requirements in Schools

    The Iowa City Community School District is implementing a face mask requirement for all students, staff, and visitors in our buildings and on our campuses effective September 15, 2021.

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  • Junior High and High School Quarantine Protocols Update

    When a positive COVID-19 case is identified in one of our secondary schools, communication will be sent to inform individuals/families of the potential exposure and offer the choice to self-quarantine should that be the individual’s/family’s preference.

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  • Meet Our New Teachers

    We are excited to welcome over 140 new teachers to the District for the 2021-22 school year. Meet the newest additions to our team! Please be patient while the page loads...there are A LOT of new teachers to meet!

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  • 2021-22 School Year Health and Safety Guidance

    We encourage you to review our updated Iowa City Community School District Health and Safety Guidelines for the 2021-22 School Year. Additional information can be found on our District’s 2021-22 Return to Learn website.

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  • Registration Information for the 2021-22 School Year

    Registration is now open for the 2021-2022 school year. As a reminder, all families are required to register their students in Infinite Campus through the process known as Online Registration (OLR).

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Daily Announcements


    Friday, September 24, 2021

    • The Announcement of the Homecoming Royalty will be BEFORE kickoff tonight.
    • A reminder to students to stay on the City High side during tonight's game.
    • The student section theme is “jersey out“.
    • There is going to be a voter registration drive, run by the City High Gov Club at the homecoming football game tonight versus West. Be sure to bring a driver's license if you are interested in getting registered to vote. If you want to volunteer at the event, contact Ms. Watson in room 2305
    • Homecoming Dance tickets are on sale in the new cafeteria area starting today.  Price is $7.00 if purchased in advance and $10.00 at the door.  ** REMINDER that masks will be required at the Homecoming dance.
    • The women's cross country team had a great night of racing on Thursday.  The Varsity team placed 4th, the freshmen/sophomore team placed 5th, and the JV team won the team title!  Come watch the cross country teams in action this Thursday at Kickers for the Bud Williams Invitational
    • Attention Seniors -  Are you thinking about or planning on going to college but don't have a clue how you'll pay for it?  Have you heard of the FAFSA but not sure what the heck it stands for?  Did you know that the FAFSA application opens on October 1st?!? That is only one week away! Before you leave for the day on September 29th, come to the Little Theater during Advisory. School Counseling staff will be on hand to discuss the following topics:  FAFSA, student loans, grants, work study program, deadlines and so much more!  
    • City High Inclusion Club! Our next event is this Sunday at Wilson's Apple Orchard at 1:00 pm. Come ride the tractor, have a snack, and explore the orchard with your friends! Email Ms. Schwab with questions. 
    • School pictures are here!  They can be picked up in the Main Office.
    • Attention Little Hawks: Hail Marys aren't just for football! City High Rosary Club will meet every Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. in Mr. Hellwig's room (2312) starting September 29th. Anyone is more than welcome to come! You do not have to know how to say the Rosary to come, all are welcome! 
    • If you have a Study Hall or Open period and are interested in acquiring hours for Silver Cord, consider changing your schedule to be an Office Assistant in the Attendance Office.  Stop by today for an application!
    • City High Cheerleading is holding tryouts for the winter sports season on Monday, October 25th from 4:30-7pm. If you are interested in trying out, please show up to the old gym for an informational meeting on Monday, October 18th at 4:30pm. Posters will be hung around the school with these details as well! For more information contact Coach Kelsey Harrison.
    • Sophomores and Juniors: Registration for the PSAT ends TODAY! Please check your school email or the Guidance website to register and pay.
    • The Iowa City Public Library is looking for Teen Volunteers!  There is information in the Silver Cord folder in the Main Office. This is a great Silver Cord opportunity for anyone looking for volunteer hours.
    • Team Breast Friends is looking for volunteers to help with the Rack Run.  This is a great Silver Cord opportunity.  Stop in the Main Office for more information.
    • CommUnity Food Bank is also looking for volunteers.  Information can be found in the Main Office.
    • Next week's college visits:  Monday - University of Wisconsin - Madison, 9am  Wednesday - St. Olaf College, 1pm




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!