Davenport North High School

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Coordinates: 41°34′31″N 90°34′51″W / 41.5752°N 90.5809°W / 41.5752; -90.5809

Davenport North High School
626 W. 53rd ST.
Davenport, Iowa
United States
Type Public secondary
Motto "It's a great day to be a Wildcat"
Established 1985
School district Davenport Community School District
Superintendent Arthur W. Tate
Principal Jay Chelf
Asst. Principal Tammy Conrad, Jon Flynn, Dave Shovlain
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,019 [1]
Color(s) Blue and Gold          
Athletics Mississippi Athletic Conference
Mascot Wildcats
Publication The Vestige
Newspaper The Pursuit
Yearbook The Norwica
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The Davenport North auditorium, seen from the front of the building

Davenport North High School is a high school built in the northern area of Davenport, Iowa. North High School was established in 1985 in the building that was formerly Wood Junior High.

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.


Davenport North participates in the Mississippi Athletic Conference, and athletic teams are known as the Wildcats. School colors are blue and gold.

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.

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