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  • badge 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, 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.


  • October 23, 2017

    • Relaxed, comfortable? It's time for the Annual Best Buddies Halloween Party and creature feature. Best Buddies members should plan on attending the Halloween party Tuesday, October 24th from 6-8 the cafeteria in their favorite costume. There will be food, punch, and of course games, dancing and a fright or two. We look forward to seeing you there!
    • All students who plan on taking a PSEO class 2nd semester from the University of Iowa, your paperwork is due to your counselor this Wednesday, October 25th. You must have met with a University of Iowa adviser and gotten appropriate signatures before you return the form to your counselor.
    • Attention Wrestlers:  There is weight lifting after school on Monday's, Wednesday'sand Thursdays.  Open wrestling room on Tuesday's and Friday's after school.  And wrestling practices on Sunday nights at 6:30.  The first body comp test will be this Thursday after school in Coach Connell's office.  Please contact Coach Connell with any questions. 
    • Attention City High Students! It's time for the Winter Cheer Tryouts!! Tryout applications are available in the main office for those interested in trying out for the basketball cheerleading squad! We encourage everyone to come tryout! Please contact Coach Lucy, if you have any questions
    • Boys swimming will have an informational meeting on Wednesday in the Commons right after school.
    • Attention Gamers! The Wednesday you've been waiting for is finally close! The 3X recipient of  Video Game Club of the year is returning to City High next Wednesday! Come join some of the finest gamers in state as we reconvene. Join us from 4:00-5:15 on Wednesday  in room 1413. And remember, City High Video Game Club, More Games, More Fun!!!
    • Spirit Club will be meeting immediately after school at 4:05on Wednesday the 25th. Please meet in Ms. Ritter's office 1705.
    • It's not too late to join large group speech! Google "Little Hawk Speech" and click on the first link to sign up for auditions next week or see Mrs. Brinkmeyer in room 1304 for details.

              Middlebury College                        Monday, October 23             2:00 PM

             University of Central Missouri      Thursday, October 26           9:30 AM

             Macalester College                         Thursday, October 26           10:30 AM

    •  Calling all Twain Tigers!  If you are a student that graduated from Twain Elementary, please consider signing up to be a part of a student panel that will go to Twain and celebrate your successes with Twain Teachers.  If you are interested, please sign up in the main office. This is a great Silver Cord opportunity!
    • In addition to our annual Costume Contest for Pancheros we are also adding a door decorating contest this year. Please assist your advisory teacher in coming up with a theme or Halloween decorations to deck out their class room door. Judging will be after 5th period on Halloween. The winning door will get a pizza party during advisory the following day. There will be a prize for the runner up too. If you happen to not have a 5th period class ask any of your teachers if they would like help and then you could join them at the pizza party if they win! Door Decorating can begin on Monday the 30th.
    • Attention City High Students: City High will be administering the Iowa Assessment tests tomorrow afternoon and  Wednesday morning. All students in grades 9, 10 and 11 must test.  Seniors do not have to attend the two half days when testing is taking place.  All City High students must take all Iowa Assessment tests.
    • The time has come!   All girls grades 9-12 interested in basketball this season are to meet in Coach McTaggart's room right after school for 15 minutes TODAY.
    • Applications for the Student Advisory Board are available in the main office.  Return them to the main office in Mr Tutson's box by WEDNESDAY 10/25.
    • A reminder to stop by the UAY job help table in the commons during lunch on Tuesdays!
    • City High Interact Club Blood Drive is coming up! Thursday Oct 26in the Commons from 11:30-4:30. Sign up in the office
    • SENIORS - The University of Iowa Senior Visit Day for City High will be November 9th from 9:00-1:45. See a counselor in the Guidance Office for information and permission forms
    • ATTENTION: Our “buzz-in” system to get in our school during the day has started. All students and visitors will be required to enter the door by the Commons (Door 39) during the school day. Main entry doors will be open every morning but once school begins, they will be locked and the ONLY way to enter the building will be using Door 39. Main entry doors will be open during lunch. Every student MUST have their student ID to enter the building.
    • 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 


  • Seeking Applications for Equity Committee

    The Iowa City Community School District is seeking applications for the Equity Committee to advise the District's Director of Equity on school community concerns related to equal educational opportunities among students from racial and ethnic minority groups, economically disadvantaged backgrounds, LGBTQ students, students who have disabilities and students who speak languages other than English.

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  • Thank you to our community...

    The Iowa City Community School District would like to thank the community for coming out to voice their opinion on the District’s General Obligation bond referendum. There was a strong turn-out for this school election and we are grateful to have a community that is so highly engaged in the work of the District.

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  • District Flu Vaccine Clinics Scheduled

    The Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) will once again be offering flu vaccination clinics in all of our schools. Flu protection is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older.

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  • Response to Title IX Re-evaluation

    On Thursday, September 7th, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that the Department of Education would be re-evaluating Title IX and the 2011 “Dear Colleague Letter” guidelines that protect students from sexual harassment in grades K-12 and on college campuses.

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  • City High School Selected as 'Most Beautiful High School in Iowa'

    City High School has been named 'the most beautiful high school in Iowa' by a national magazine called "Architectural Digest". The following link shows photos of one school from each of the 50 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!