Northern University High School

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Northern University High School
1901 Campus Street
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Type Laboratory school
Established 1954
Closed 2012
Principal Jim Stichter (grades K-6), Josh Henriksen (grades 7-12), Dr. Lyn Countryman (interim director)
Grades Pk-12
Number of students 375
Color(s) Orange and Black
Mascot Panther
Affiliation North Iowa Cedar-East Conference

Northern University High School, or Price Lab, was a small private high school in Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States, run by the University of Northern Iowa. It closed in July 2012 under controversy and university budget cuts, and was mostly demolished in June 2013, save for the athletics Wing, part of which was re-purposed into the UNI Childhood Development center, previously housed in the building's east wing.


The school won the 2008 IHSAA boys' Class 1A basketball championship tournament, the 2008 IHSAA boys' class 1A golf tournament, the 2010 IHSAA boys' Class 1A cross country championship, and two Iowa School of Character awards (2007 and 2008). The high school also won multiple IT-Olympics competitions in the Cyber Defense category. In 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 the school won first place in the Cyber Defense category of the IT-Olympics held at Iowa State University.In 2009 and 2011, the school also won second place in the Cyber Defense category.[1] Also known for their runner up, 3rd-place and 4th-place finishes in state basketball spanning 2009–11.

In earlier years, the school was known for football, for 21 years under coach John Aldrich (1955–1976). Playing the single-wing offense, the team compiled a 120–49 record under Coach Aldrich, who was a member of the Iowa High School Coaches Hall of Fame.[2]

Fine arts[edit]

Despite its small size, students from Northern University High School were consistently accepted into the Iowa All State Orchestra, Band and Choir.[3]


The school became a subject of controversy in July 2009 after local media agencies reported that nine families had defrauded the school in order to receive discounted tuition.[4] One person implicated in this scandal is Iowa State Representative Kerry Burt.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]