Dowling Catholic High School

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Dowling Catholic High School
1400 Buffalo Road
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
United States
Coordinates 41°35′49″N 93°43′23″W / 41.597°N 93.723°W / 41.597; -93.723Coordinates: 41°35′49″N 93°43′23″W / 41.597°N 93.723°W / 41.597; -93.723
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto Veritas ∙ Fides ∙ Sapientia
(Truth ∙ Faith ∙ Wisdom)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1884
Oversight Diocese of Des Moines
President Dan Ryan
Principal Matt Meendering
Chaplain Zach Kautzky
Faculty 94.6 (on an FTE basis)[1]
Grades 912
Enrollment 1,431 (2013-14[1])
Student to teacher ratio 15.1[1]
Color(s) Maroon and White         
Athletics conference Central Iowa Metro League
Nickname Maroons
Rivals Valley High School

Dowling Catholic High School is a Catholic secondary school in the central United States, in West Des Moines, Iowa, within the Diocese of Des Moines.

As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,431 students and 94.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 15.1:1. The school's enrollment was 81.2% White, 4.1% Black, 10.2% Hispanic, 4.4% Asian and 0.1% American Indian / Alaska Native.[1]


It was created in 1972 by the merger of St. Joseph Academy for girls (established in 1884)[2] and Dowling High School for boys (established in 1918 as the Des Moines College boarding school for boys).[3][citation needed]


During the 2003-04 school year, Dowling Catholic High School was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education,[4] the highest award an American school can receive.[5][6]


Total tuition cost for 2014-2015 is $9,766 for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors; the tuition for seniors is $9,766. Tuition for students belonging to a Catholic Parish is $6,984 for 9th through 11th grades; 12th graders pay $6,984.[7]

Extracurricular activities[edit]


The Maroons hold the record for most team home runs during a championship game with 5 in 2001.[8]

Baseball State Championships[9]
Year Record Opponent Score
1988 39-2 Ames 9-8
1989 38-5 Fort Dodge 8-5
1999 33-13 Ankeny 6-1
2001 42-3 Marshaltown 13-2
2011 36-7 Mason City 6-1

Boys' basketball[edit]

State Boys' Basketball Championships[10]
Year Score Opponent
1957 69-66 Waterloo, West
1979 60-57 Davenport Central

Bobby Hansen who later played at the University of Iowa and nine years in the NBA, was on the 1979 state championship team.

Cross country[edit]


State Cross Country Team Championships[11][12][13][14]
Year Finishes Score
2007 1-2-6-8-15 32
2008 1-2-9-24-33 69
2009 1-2-11-15-28 57
2010 3-4-14-19-20 60
2011 1-6-14-20-22 63
  • 2007 Girls' Heartland Regional Champions


State Cross Country Team Championships[15]
Year Finishes Score
1974 4-9-10-16 39
1985 3-8-15-36 62
2011 3-6-12-18-31 70
2012 1-6-8-18-27 60
2015 1-9-13-17-29 69
2016 3-8-13-23-53 100


Dowling is the home of the Dowling Catholic Paradigm, one of the largest debate tournaments held by a school. In 2015, Dowling Catholic won 2 state titles for Congressional Debate, 1 for Public Forum debate, and 1 for Lincoln Douglas Debate.


Home games are played at the 9,500 seat Valley Stadium in West Des Moines, Williams Stadium, or at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. The Maroons have a winning percentage (68.1%) and an all-time 284-109 win-loss record including a 37-30 W-L record in the playoffs. Their 30 playoff appearances is #2 in any classification. Dowling has also tied Valley in the number of consecutive trips going to playoffs. Dowling is the first 4A high school to win four consecutive state titles, 2013-2016. In 2017, they won a fifth in a row.[citation needed]

Dowling made the playoffs 17 years in a row beginning in 1985 and ending in 2002 when Dowling missed the playoffs. The school won 36 consecutive games in the 1967 through 1971 graduating class seasons. Dowling won 64 consecutive Metro conference games, a streak lasting from 1968 to 1977. In addition to the 64 metro games Dowling also won 57 consecutive conference games lasting from 1993 to 2002. WDM, Valley is Dowling's primary rival since 1968 when the schools joined the Des Moines Metro Conference.

State 4-A Football Championships[16][17]
2000 Champion (13-0) 35-28 Bettendorf (11-2)
2001 Champion (13-0) 35-15 Iowa City High (12-1)
2010 Champion (14-0) 38-31(OT) Iowa City High (13-1)
2013 Champion (14-0) 44-13 Cedar Rapids Xavier (12-2)
2014[18] Champion (13-1) 49-14 Washington High School (13-1)
2015[19] Champion (13-0) 41-10 C. R. Kennedy (13-1)
2016[20] Champion (12-1) 23-10 Iowa City West (10-3)
2017 Champion (12-1) 35-21 Iowa City West (12-1)

Marching band[edit]

At the Eden Prairie: Prairie Colors tournament on October 11, 2008 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Dowling received a first place overall, best drumline, and best winds in the class 2-A competition.

Waukee- October 14, 2017 Best Drumline, Best Colorguard, Best Drum Major, 1st Place
2008 Marching Competition Awards and Placement
Location and Date Awards
Iowa City High- October 4, 2008 Best Drumline, Best Drum Majors, 2nd place
Cedar Rapids Jefferson- October 4, 2008 Best Drumline, 3rd place
Eden Prairie, Minnesota- October 11, 2008 Best Drumline, Best Winds, 1st place
Ankeny- October 18, 2008 Best Drumline, 5th place


The boys' swimming team won four consecutive championship in 2000-2003.[citation needed] |-

Boys' Tennis[edit]

Boys-2A State of Iowa High School Tennis Championships
Year Team Titles/Player Titles Opponent Score
1992 2A-Team Title Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School 5-3
2001 2A-Team Title Dubuque Senior High School 5-3



  • Dowling has won State Dual Wrestling Championships in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992
  • Dowling has won the State Traditional Wrestling Championship in 1975, 1978, 1984, 1988, 1990, and 1991
State Wrestling
Team Championships
Year Score
1975 46.5
1978 94.5
1984 115
1988 124.5
1990 109.5
1991 91

[citation needed]

  • Dowling has the state record for most consecutive dual wins with 136 set from January 1986 to January 1992[22]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ Sioux Valley News, August 5, 1885, pg. 2
  3. ^ Des Moines Daily News, September 7, 1918, pg. 1
  4. ^ U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 2003 through 2006 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed May 11, 2006.
  5. ^ CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department Archived August 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
  6. ^ Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test; The Washington Post. September 29, 2005, "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school."
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  18. ^ Pilcher, K.J. "Dowling dumps Washington for 4A title; Maroons win second straight with 49-14 win", The Gazette (Cedar Rapids), November 21, 2014. Accessed March 6, 2017. "Third-ranked Dowling, led by quarterback Ryan Boyle, rolled to its second-straight Class 4A title, defeating No. 1 Cedar Rapids Washington, 49-14, in the Iowa High School Athletic Association Class 4A state championship game last night at the UNI-Dome. It was the fifth overall title for the Maroons (13-1) and third in the last five seasons."
  19. ^ Murphy, Keith. "DOWLING THREE-PEAT: Maroon Machine Cruises at Dome", WHO-DT, November 23, 2015. Accessed March 6, 2017. "The undefeated Dowling Maroons cruised to their straight state championship. Dowling Catholic is the first school in class 4A to 'three-peat'. Dowling jumped out to a quick 13-0 first quarter lead on previously unbeaten Cedar Rapids Kennedy, and never really let the Cougars in the game. Dowling dominates, 41-10, the final."
  20. ^ Goodwin, Cody. "Dowling extends unmatched dominance with fourth straight 4A title", The Des Moines Register, November 18, 2016. Accessed March 6, 2017. "Dowling beat Iowa City West 23-10 to win its fourth consecutive 4A title, continuing an unmatched run of success in Iowa’s biggest class."
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  22. ^ "State High School Wrestling Stats & Champions", The Des Moines Register. Accessed March 6, 2017. "State Dual Meet, Team, Consecutive Wins: Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines: 136: 1/25/1986 to 1/4/1992"
  23. ^ Olson, Jeff. "Iowan Annett prepares for first Daytona 500", The Des Moines Register, February 20, 2014. Accessed March 6, 2017. "But he never raced at the half-mile track, nor has he ever raced on dirt, and his NASCAR career nearly lost out to the National Hockey League. While a student at Dowling Catholic, Annett began pursuing his junior-A hockey career, eventually landing with the Waterloo Black Hawks and enrolling at Waterloo West."
  24. ^ Birch Tommy. "Former Dowling Catholic WR Amara Darboh drafted by Seahawks", Des Moines Register, April 28, 2017. Accessed October 2, 2017. "Amara Darboh nearly had to wait until the third day of the NFL Draft to hear his name called. But one team swooped in late to grab him Friday.cThe former Dowling Catholic wide receiver was selected in the third round of the draft by the Seattle Seahawks, the 106th overall pick and second-to-last pick of the night."
  25. ^ Jerry "Boomer" Groom[permanent dead link], College Football Hall of Fame Accessed February 19, 2008.
  26. ^ Peterson, Randy Bobby Hansen, Des Moines, 1999, Des Moines Register, July 25, 1999; accessed February 19, 2008. "Graduated from West Des Moines Dowling High School in 1979, graduated University of Iowa in 1983."
  27. ^ Miller, Judith. "Tom Harkin's Old-Time Religion", The New York Times, February 9, 1992. Accessed November 6, 2007. "After his mother died, Harkin, an altar boy, went to Dowling Catholic High School in Des Moines and won a Navy R.O.T.C. scholarship to college."
  28. ^ Witosky, Tom. "Rivalry's bitter roots took a strong hold", The Des Moines Register, January 21, 2011. Accessed March 6, 2017. "Bob Harlan, former president and CEO of the Green Bay Packers, has watched the longest and most bitter rivalry in the NFL for 37 years. The Des Moines native and West Des Moines Dowling Catholic graduate knows how it began, how it has grown into football legend and what it means to fans on both sides."
  29. ^ Staff. "Catching up with: Former Dowling star, MLB player Matt Macri", USA Today, October 20, 2012. Accessed October 3, 2017. "The former multi-sport athlete for West Des Moines Dowling Catholic quarterbacked the Maroons’ football team to its first state championship in 2000, beating Bettendorf 35-28 in the final."
  30. ^ Mike Mahoney, c, Cubs , Baseball America. Accessed October 3, 2017.
  31. ^ About Matt McCoy, Iowa Senate. Accessed October 3, 2017. "Matt graduated from Dowling High School in 1984 and earned his B.A. degree from Briar Cliff College in Sioux City in 1988."
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