Aplington-Parkersburg High School

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Aplington-Parkersburg High School
610 N Johnson St
Parkersburg, Iowa
Coordinates 42°34′23″N 92°46′44″W / 42.573°N 92.779°W / 42.573; -92.779Coordinates: 42°34′23″N 92°46′44″W / 42.573°N 92.779°W / 42.573; -92.779
Type Public
Motto "Committed To Promoting Life Long Intellectual and Personal Growth"
Established 1993[1]
School district Aplington-Parkersburg Community School
NCES District ID 1903750[2]
Superintendent Jon Thompson[3]
NCES School ID 190375001337[2]
Principal Aaron Thomas[4]
Teaching staff 32[5]District
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 274[6] (June 2013)
Student to teacher ratio 16.89:1[2]
Campus Rural
Color(s) Red, Black and Silver
Athletics conference North Iowa Cedar League
Mascot Falcons

Aplington-Parkersburg High School is a school in Parkersburg, Iowa, United States. It was formed in 1992 from the merger of Aplington and Parkersburg school districts.[1] On May 25, 2008, the school was destroyed by an EF5 tornado. It has since been rebuilt.[7]


The athletic extracurricular activities at Aplington-Parkersburg High School are football, volleyball, cross country, basketball, wrestling, tennis, soccer, golf, track and field, softball and baseball. The Falcons are classified as a 2A school. Throughout its history, Aplington-Parkersburg has won several state championships in various sports and were state runner-up numerous times. In addition, several graduates have gone on to participate in Division I, Division II, and Division III athletics.

Ed Thomas[edit]

On June 24, 2009, Ed Thomas, the football coach, track coach, and athletic director, was shot and killed in the weight room.[8] He was featured on the July 6, 2009 cover of Sports Illustrated.[9]

State championships[edit]

State championships
Season Sport Number of championships Year
Fall Football 2 1993, 2001
Volleyball 1 2005
Spring Golf, Boys' 1 1994
Track and Field (wheelchair division) 3 2005, 2006, 2007
Track and Field, Girls' 1 2001
Total 8

Football alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Aplington team part of rich boys' state hoops history". Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. March 8, 2012. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Aplington Parkersburg High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ex-Iowa teacher gets prison for sexual contact with students". Chicago Sun Times. Associated Press. June 17, 2013. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ Sullivan, Jim (August 28, 2014). "Ed Thomas' spirit still strong at Aplington-Parkersburg". Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ High School Staff Archived March 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Iowa School District Profiles Aplington-Parkersburg" (PDF). Iowa State University. June 2013. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Drehs, Wayne (June 24, 2008). "Iowa town turns to football to recover from tornado". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  8. ^ "Ed Thomas shot, killed inside school". ESPN. June 25, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  9. ^ Ed Thomas Cover Archived July 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Small Iowa high school produces four NFL players". ESPN.com. Associated Press. October 11, 2004. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  11. ^ Owens, Shannon (November 15, 2012). "Brad Meester shows his feminine side". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  12. ^ Zinser, Lynn (June 24, 2009). "Iowa Coach Is Fatally Shot at School He Helped Rebuild". New York Times. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 

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