City High School

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District News

  • PPEL & SAVE Vote is on November 2, 2021!

    On November 2, 2021, the Iowa City Community School District will ask voters to consider the extension of the Revenue Purpose Statement for the Secure and Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) and the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL).

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  • Updated Mask Requirements in Schools

    On October 8, 2021, a preliminary injunction was granted regarding the State of Iowa’s mask requirement ban. Based on this decision, the Iowa City Community School District will continue to require face masks for all students, staff, and visitors in our buildings and on our campuses.

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  • Flu Vaccine Clinics

    The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) will hold flu vaccine clinics in our schools. Check out the schedule to find out when the vaccine clinic is at your school!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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    Friday, October 22, 2021

    • City High Dance Marathon is having a movie night tomorrow night (Saturday) on the turf at 7:00. We’ll be watching “Boo! A Madea Halloween”! Bring your blankets! 
    • Attention all girls interested in playing girls basketball this year. There is an informational meeting for all levels RIGHT NOW in Ms. Barnard's room, Room 1414.
    • Important Student Senate meeting today! The meeting will take place in the LIttle Theater instead of Opstad auditorium during Advisory.
    • Fresh roasted coffee served hot or cold. Come visit the CHS coffee cart, open periods 1-3 and now located in the new commons. Our baristas are ready to serve you so make sure and visit them today! 
    • Are you interested in making music? Do you think the idea of creating original music and learning to play hand drums sounds like a good time? Then register for Hear My Voice in trimester 2. You'll have the opportunity to work on a personal project of your choosing on instruments like the ukulele, piano, guitar, electronic music, and much more. Register for Hear My Voice and find the musician inside of yourself!
    • The PSEO paperwork for the Spring semester is now available in the Guidance office. The deadline to submit paperwork is Monday, October 25th. 
    • College Visits:
    • The University of California - Berkeley is hosting virtual visits this week, starting today.  Information and links are available on the Guidance site.
    • Mt. Mercy - Monday(October 25) during lunch
    • Army - Tuesday (October 26) during lunch
    • Grinnell - Tuesday (October 26) at 2pm




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!