Davenport North High School
|Davenport North High School|
|626 W. 53rd ST.
|Motto||"It's a great day to be a Wildcat"|
|School district||Davenport Community School District|
|Superintendent||Arthur W. Tate|
|Asst. Principal||Tammy Conrad, Jon Flynn, Dave Shovlain|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Athletics||Mississippi Athletic Conference|
The Davenport North auditorium, seen from the front of the building
In the fall of 1994, ninth graders were added to the school as part of a district-wide reconfiguration of elementary, intermediate and high schools. In January 1997, a new gymnasium was completed along with a "Classroom of the Future" and an Iowa Communications Network room. In 2001, a new cafeteria and auditorium were completed. A new locker and weight room were added in 2008 to accommodate visiting sports teams.
The school fields athletic teams in 18 sports, including:
- Summer: Baseball and Hard ball.
- Fall: Football, boys volleyball, girls' swimming, boys' cross country, girls' cross country and boys' golf.
- Winter: Boys' basketball, girls' basketball, wrestling, boys' swimming and boys' and girls' bowling.
- Spring: Boys' track and field, girls' track and field, boys' soccer, girls' soccer, girls' golf, boys' tennis and girls' tennis.
Davenport North is classified as a 4A school, which contains Iowa's 48 largest schools, according to the Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union; in sports where there are fewer divisions, the Wildcats are always in the largest class (e.g., Class 3A for wrestling, boys soccer, and Class 2A for golf, tennis and girls soccer). The school is a member of the 10-team Mississippi Athletic Conference, which comprises schools from the Iowa Quad Cities along with Burlington, Clinton, and Muscatine high schools.
Davenport North's biggest rivalries are with intercity rivals Central and West high schools.
Davenport North has found much of its athletic success in volleyball. Wildcat volleyball teams won state titles in 1988 and 1997, and earned runner-up honors in 1987, 1993 and 1998. Several players have earned "Player of the Year" honors by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.
North has also found success in boys' basketball, with its most notable player being future NBA player Ricky Davis. With Davis as a member of the team, the Wildcats earned trips to the state basketball tournament in 1995 and 1996. The school's 1989 team was the state runner-up, the school's highest finish in the sport, and also played in the 1990 and 2003 state tournaments.
- Dana Davis (class of 1997), actress, roles in TV shows Heroes and The Nine, 10 Things I Hate About You, and the films Raise Your Voice, Coach Carter, and Prom Night.
- Ricky Davis (class of 1997), professional basketball player and member of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers.