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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.

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      January 17, 2019


      • The Powderpuff Volleyball Tournament is fast approaching on January 26th at 6 p.m. Teams must sign up now in the main office if they wish to participate in the tournament. Attention Freshman and Sophomores the tournament is now open to underclassman so form a team and sign up in the main office. 


      • Do you like playing computer games, but don't have an expensive computer? PC Gaming Club is now here. We have plenty of games and computers. Anyone can come, whether or not you've played games before or are looking for a new experience. We meet weekly on Wednesdays after school in room 1507. 


      • Sophomores, are you ready for a life changing leadership experience, with all expenses paid? If so, please come to the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Information Session during Advisory on February 6 in the Little Theater. In order to get a pass, you can sign up for the RYLA Info Session with Ms. Hanrahan in the Main Office.


      • Little Hawks! Don't miss "The Battle for the Boots" Comedy Improv Match TONIGHT between City High and West High in Opstad Auditorium. Admission is only $5, and a portion of the proceeds goes to purchase winter boots for needy families. 7pm TONIGHT!


      • City High Dance Marathon is holding their annual non-formal dance Saturday January 19th from 7-10:30 pm in the cafeteria. The theme is beach and tickets will be on sale this week for $5, $7 at the door. All proceeds will go to benefit the pediatric cancer patients at the hospital, so come dance For The Kids!


      • ATTENTION CITY HIGH STUDENTS: Yearbook Photos are posted in the Main Foyer. Check your Yearbook Photo to make sure it is correct. If you have an issue with the posted photo, email corrections to THEREDANDWHITEYB@GMAIL.COM or stop by Room 2109 if you need a photo taken.  Deadline is Friday, January 18th!!


      • Have you ever wanted to slay a dragon and loot its hoard of gold? Now's your chance. Tabletop RPG Club is meeting Fridays in room 2102. We play games like Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder and Dungeon World. Don't worry if you haven't played before. Room 2102 on Fridays after school. 



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  • Schools Look Forward to MLK Celebrations

    Schools in the Iowa City Community School District are offering a variety of ways for students to learn about and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this month, with many of these celebrations taking place this Friday, January 18. School will not be in session and District offices will be closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 21), a federal holiday.

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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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  • Schools Serving as Election Polling Sites

    We have received multiple inquiries regarding our schools serving as election polling locations. While we understand the concern of allowing our schools to be open to the public throughout the school day, we are required by State Statute 49.24 to make our facilities available for this purpose.

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  • District ACT Scores Released

    The Iowa City Community School District is excited to share the District’s ACT data for tested 2018 graduates. We are proud to report that once again the District's average composite ACT score of 24.9 exceeds the state's average, which comes in at 21.8 for 2018.

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  • 'Say Something' Reporting Tool

    The Iowa City Community School District has launched the ‘Say Something’ campaign to provide students, staff, and parents an alternative option for reporting bullying incidents, sexual assault or harassment incidents, and school safety concerns. Reports can be submitted by texting @SaySomething to the number 35134 or using your phone’s camera to read the QR code on the posters on display throughout each school. In addition, the link to use this same system via computer is a bookmark on every Chromebook in the District.

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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!