Central Iowa Metro League

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The Central Iowa Metro League (also called CIML) is a high school athletic conference whose members are located in the metropolitan areas of central Iowa, with most of the schools being from the Des Moines area.

The includes 18 schools and is divided into four segments: the North, East, and West divisions, as well as the Metro Conference.[1] At present the CIML comprises all 4A schools, the only athletic conference in Iowa to do so.

Member schools[edit]

There are 18 members of the Central Iowa Metro League (CIML):

Institution Location Affiliation 2018–19 Enrollment (9–11)[2] Mascot Colors
Central Division
Ames Ames Public 1,042 Little Cyclones          
Ankeny Ankeny Public 1,179 Hawks/Hawkettes          
Centennial Ankeny Public 1,212 Jaguars          
Southeast Polk County Pleasant Hill Public 1,581 Rams          
Valley West Des Moines Public 2,202 Tigers          
Waukee Waukee Public 2,064 Warriors          
Iowa Division
Dowling Catholic West Des Moines Private 1,029 Maroons          
Fort Dodge Fort Dodge Public 845 Dodgers          
Johnston Johnston Public 1,656 Dragons          
Marshalltown Marshalltown Public 1,090 Bobcats          
Mason City Mason City Public 810 Mohawks          
Urbandale Urbandale Public 991 J-Hawks          
Metro Division
East Des Moines Public 1,709 Scarlets          
Hoover Des Moines Public 821 Huskies          
Lincoln Des Moines Public 1,792 Rail Splitters          
North Des Moines Public 1,019 Polar Bears          
Roosevelt Des Moines Public 1,454 Rough Riders          
Ottumwa Ottumwa Public 944 Bulldogs          


Since its founding, the Central Iowa Metro League was a league composed of metropolitan schools in central Iowa. The conference, for many years, consisted of just 14 schools: the 5 Des Moines schools, Ankeny, Ames, Valley, Dowling, Indianola, Marshalltown, Southeast Polk, Newton and Urbandale. In 1992, Mason City and Fort Dodge joined the conference, leaving the Big Eight, which had recently been decimated by other conference realignments. With these two new additions the conference split into two divisions, the American League and the National League. Ottumwa and Johnston joined the conference later in the 1990s to make the CIML an 18 team conference, splitting the conference into a three division format. For the 2006–07 athletics season, Waukee joined the conference, replacing Newton, who joined the Little Hawkeye Conference.

The three division format comprised the Central, Iowa, and Metro Conferences, organized like this:

Central Iowa Metro
Ankeny Mason City Des Moines East
Indianola Ames Des Moines Hoover
Dowling Catholic Marshalltown Des Moines Lincoln
Johnston Fort Dodge Des Moines North
Southeast Polk Waukee Des Moines Roosevelt
Urbandale Valley Ottumwa

In the fall of 2013, the Ankeny Community School District split into two high schools, with both Ankeny High and Ankeny Centennial competing at the 4A level. In anticipation of adding Centennial to the League, the League approved the current four division format, beginning it in the 2012–13 school year, with Centennial joining the next year.[1] This may not be the last realignment, as Waukee looks to surpass Ankeny as the growth leader among Iowa schools and will add a second high school in the fall of 2021.

In 2015 the CIML was restructured[3] for the 2016–2018 school years. The three division format, which comprises the Central, Iowa, and Metro Conferences, was reorganized like this:

Central Iowa Metro
Ames Mason City DM East
Ankeny Fort Dodge DM Hoover
Ankeny Centennial Marshalltown DM Lincoln
Southeast Polk Dowling Catholic DM North
Valley Johnston DM Roosevelt
Waukee Urbandale Ottumwa

Representatives from the 12 schools of the Central Iowa Conference (Ames, Ankeny, Centennial, Dowling Catholic, Ft. Dodge, Johnston, Marshalltown, Mason City, Southeast Polk, Urbandale, Valley (WDM), and Waukee) of the Central Iowa Metropolitan League met on Wednesday, February 4 in Johnston to discuss the realignment of the league moving forward. In previous discussions, the league was to be divided with the five Des Moines Public Schools, Ottumwa, and Indianola, in one conference and then the other 12 schools in two conferences. Since that time, Indianola has announced it will depart the CIML for the Little Hawkeye Conference in the 2016‐2017 school year. As a result of that decision and action taken on February 4, the following recommendation will be made to the Council of Activities’ Directors for approval on February 25, 2015, and then the Principals of the league in a subsequent meeting thereafter.


The conference offers the following sports:

Although the member schools field freshman — and in some cases, junior varsity — teams in many of the above-mentioned sports, conference championships are determined at sophomore and varsity levels only.


  1. ^ a b "CIML Information". Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  2. ^ "2015-2016 Iowa Public School District PreK-12 Enrollments by District, Grade, Race and Gender".
  3. ^ "CIML Restructure - 2015" (PDF).

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