Jefferson High School (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
For schools with a similar name, see Jefferson High School (disambiguation).
|Thomas Jefferson High School|
|Jefferson High School Emblem|
|1243 20th St SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Cedar Rapids Community School District|
|Superintendent||Dr. Dave Benson|
|Principal||Chuck McDonnell |
|Associate Principals||Chris Deam, Lorie Bateman, Chad Szabo |
|Color(s)||Columbia Blue and White|
|Mascot||Jeffy the J-Hawk|
Thomas Jefferson High School is a public high school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It is the eighth largest high school in Iowa. The school's mascot is Jeffy the J-Hawk and the official school colors are Columbia Blue and white.
- 1 School Statistics
- 2 Foreign Languages
- 3 Athletics
- 4 Fine arts
- 5 Extra Curricular Clubs and Organizations
- 6 Academic Decathlon
- 7 Student Publications
- 8 School history
- 9 Notable alumni and educators
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Jefferson currently has 170 staff members, and 1610 students. The student to teacher ratio is 16:1.
Jefferson has 22 Varsity level sports and is one of 14 schools that participate in the Mississippi Valley Conference.
Jefferson offers multiple instrumental programs, including marching band, three concert bands, one jazz band, and two pep bands. They also offer six choirs, and two show choirs. In addition, Jefferson has five orchestra programs.
Extra Curricular Clubs and Organizations
Jefferson's Academic Decathlon team is led by John Wojtowicz. The team has won the state championship fifteen of the past sixteen years and placed Second in the medium-sized school division for the 2008-2009 year at the national competition in Memphis, Tennessee. This is the highest finish ever for any Iowa team, and the team also earned the highest point total for an Iowa team.
Jefferson's student-run newspaper is called The Outlook. Everything from photography to editing, and writing each article are done by the students. The other student-run publication at Jefferson is the yearbook, The Statesmen.
Thomas Jefferson's first class graduated in 1958, but first competed in athletic events starting in the fall of 1957. The school's original population was made up of two formerly separate high schools, Theodore Roosevelt High School, and Woodrow Wilson High School. They merged into one school in April 1958, upon the completion of the construction of the school. Since then, Jefferson has been housed at its current location. The school added a new gymnasium addition to the school in 1990. In addition, a new science wing and music wing were built in 2003. The school has been named a "Blue Ribbon National School of Excellence" two times, one of the few traditional schools to earn this honor twice. Jefferson is currently undergoing a new geothermal heating renovation.
Notable alumni and educators
- Kellen Sweeney, MiLB Outfielder, Lansing Lugnuts
- Landon Cassill, NASCAR driver
- Jacob Jaacks, (known as Jake Crane while attending school) Professional and Iowa Hawkeye basketball player
- Larry Lawrence, former Oakland Raider, played in the Super Bowl
- Wally Horn, former teacher, Iowa State Senator.
- Todd Taylor, Iowa State Representative, District 32.
- Mark Walter, founder and the chief executive officer of Guggenheim Partners and Chairman of the Los Angeles Dodgers
- "Jefferson High School". Retrieved August 14, 2012.
- "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Thomas Jefferson High School". Retrieved August 14, 2012.
- "Who we are". Retrieved 2 September 2012.
- "Jefferson Singers".
- "Ensembles". Retrieved 2 September 2012.
- "Construction". Jefferson High School. Retrieved January 24, 2012.