Iowa City West High School

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Iowa City West High School
2901 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, IA 52246
Iowa City, Iowa
United States
Coordinates 41°39′16″N 91°34′52″W / 41.65444°N 91.58111°W / 41.65444; -91.58111Coordinates: 41°39′16″N 91°34′52″W / 41.65444°N 91.58111°W / 41.65444; -91.58111
Type Public
Motto "where excellence is a tradition"
Established 1968
Principal Dr. Gregg Shoultz
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1,973 (2014-15)[1]
Color(s) Forest Green and Gold         
Mascot Trojans/Women of Troy
Newspaper The West Side Story
Yearbook The Trojan Epic
Affiliation Iowa City Community School District

Iowa City West High School is a public high school in Iowa City, Iowa. It has about 2,000 students in grades 9-12. The school employs nearly 200 teachers and staff.[2] Boys' athletic teams are called "The Trojans" while girls' teams are called "The Women of Troy".


West High opened for the 1968-69 school year, constructed to relieve the stress on schools in a growing city. The principal, Edwin K. Barker, and vice principal, James Ferguson, allowed students to shape the schools identity and gave them a large role in student governance, including selection of school colors and mascots. They also introduced Domestic Affairs Week and International Week, where classes are suspended in favor of debate of current events. Guest speakers are often invited to these weeks as well.

In conjunction with City High, the "Boot" trophy was established. The trophy is awarded to the winner of the annual football game between the schools. A West High student, Bob Kodros, donated the first Boot. The Boot had a cleat torn out, which gave it character, and it was selected from several donated football shoes. Steve Holland chaired the committee to select and bronze the first boot. The summer before the first game the boot was dipped in bronze at Harry's Custom Trophy. The original boot was stolen out of the Iowa City High trophy case.

A student in the first graduating class of 1969 composed the new school's fight song, which is set to the tune of the University of Houston fight song. The school's newspaper was named "West Side Story". The school's yearbook was named the "Epic". When the school opened, the high school handled grades 7 through 12, and the first two classes remained at West High through all six years of their secondary education. Eventually, when Northwest Junior High was completed, subsequent 7th and 8th grade students were all redirected to the local school district's junior high schools.


West High School's enrollment is about 1,975 students, as of November 2012. Of those students, 74.8% are white, 10.1% are black, 9.2% are Asian, 5.2% are Hispanic, and 0.5% are American Indian. The student-teacher ratio is about 17:1.

West High offers 15 AP courses and 51% of students participate in those classes. The school has an 89% pass rate for AP exams.

West High School provides many musical opportunities to its students. There are multiple classes for band, choir, and orchestra. Extracurricular musical activities include select choirs, show choir, jazz band, musicals, plays and others. It is ranked as the No. 1 High School in Iowa and No. 462 in the US by Newsweek magazine.


West High School, a 4A school, offers a variety of sports, including boys' and girls' basketball, volleyball, football, boys' and girls' soccer, baseball, boys' and girls' cross country, boys' and girls' track and field, softball, boys' and girls' swimming, boys' and girls' tennis, and boys' and girls' golf, cheerleading and dance. There is an ultimate Frisbee club.

The Trojan wrestling team has won back-to-back team titles at the State Tournament in Des Moines.[when?][citation needed] The West High boys' soccer team won the 2009, 2010 and 2012 Iowa State Championship, three of their six championships. The 2012 boys' basketball team ranked #1 in the state[citation needed] and beat Sioux City East in the finals for their fourth state title.[citation needed] The volleyball team won state in 2010 for the first time in West history and won again in 2011.[citation needed] The West High Women of Troy basketball team were ranked #1 in the state in 2012[citation needed] and beat Ankeny in overtime for their first state title.[citation needed]

In the 2011-2012 school year, West High made Iowa history by winning six state championships (Volleyball, Boys' Basketball, Girls' Basketball, Boys' Track and Field, Boys' Tennis and Boys' Soccer), the most any high school in Iowa has ever won.[citation needed] Ed Barker field, named for the school's first principal, opened for soccer in 2012.[3]

The Iowa City West Girls' Track & Field teams have won 6 State Championship team titles, the 3rd most in state history.[citation needed][when?] The Iowa City West girls' cross country team has won 5 State Championship team titles.[citation needed][when?]

On June 5, 2010, West High beat cross-town rival Iowa City High School in the Class 3-A State Boys' Soccer Championship by a score of 3-1.[citation needed] The Trojan Soccer team is the first team in the 16-year history of Iowa High School Soccer to win six state championships.[citation needed][when?]

The Iowa City West boys' tennis team capped the 2012 season with a 5-3 victory over Ames in the boys' team state championship. They finished 18-0 for their fifth state title and first since 2008. With the win, the Trojans moved their match record to 35-1 in the last two years and avenged a loss to Ames in 2011. The team is tied with Cedar Rapids Washington High School for the most team tennis titles with five to their record (1995, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2012).[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

  • The Miracle Season - 2018 film about the school's participation in the State Girls Volleyball Championship of 2011.


  1. ^ "West Senior High School". Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "Iowa City West High School" OVGuide. Accessed 10/30/2012
  3. ^ "Festive feeling for West's field," Iowa City Press Citizen, May 12, 2012
  4. ^ Harty, Pat (May 2, 2013). "Nate Kaeding to retire from NFL". Press-Citizen. (Subscription required (help)).
  5. ^ Berg, Zach (May 31, 2016). "Diego Lasansky continues family artistic legacy in Iowa City". Press-Citizen.
  6. ^ "Laura Leighton: Actress returns to Iowa". Star-News. Google News. December 25, 1993. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  7. ^ Hartman, Kim I. (February 3, 2011). "Zach Wahls' Iowa speech on family and gay marriage goes viral". Digital Journal. Retrieved April 21, 2014.

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