Western Christian High School (Hull, Iowa)

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Western Christian High School
Western Christian High School Hull Iowa.JPG
925 5th Street[1]
Hull, Iowa 51239
United States
Coordinates 43°11′35″N 96°07′58″W / 43.19292°N 96.132656°W / 43.19292; -96.132656Coordinates: 43°11′35″N 96°07′58″W / 43.19292°N 96.132656°W / 43.19292; -96.132656
School type Private high school
Motto Learning...To Serve the King[4]
Religious affiliation(s) Christianity
Denomination Calvinist[2]
Established 1919
NCES School ID 00459529[2]
Principal Dan Barkel[3]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 253 (2011-2012)[2]
Student to teacher ratio 1:13.4[2]
Color(s) Maroon     
Athletics conference Lakes Conference
Mascot Wolfpack
Information 712-439-1013

Western Christian High School (commonly Western Christian, WCHS, or Western) is a Calvinist coeducational private secondary school in Hull, Iowa, United States, serving students in grades 912. Western Christian High School is a member of Christian Schools International (CSI).[2] It is one of two private high schools in Hull, along with Trinity Christian High School.


Western Academy began in 1919, with grades nine and ten. In 1934 the school went bankrupt and was sold to Calvin College. It was then reorganized and reopened as Western Christian High School.[5] The school's first sports teams were known as the Indians. In the mid-1990s, that mascot was dropped and athletics continued without an official team name until the Wolfpack moniker was chosen in the early 2000s.[4][6]

During the 2017–18 school year, Western began participating in a student exchange program with Greijdanus College (nl).[7]


The men's basketball team has won eight state titles[8][9] with tournament appearances in 2001, 2009, 2011.[10] Former coach Jim Eekhoff is fourth among Iowa men's basketball coaches in wins, with 681.[8][11] Eekhoff eight men's championships are a state record, while his eighteen state tournament appearances have tied a state record.[12] The women's basketball team claims three championships from 2010–2013.[13] They also went to the state payoffs in 1998, 2000, and 2002. The volleyball team has won fifteen state titles[14] and claimed second place in 1999, 2005, and from 2011–2014.[15][16] The 2009 volleyball team made it to the semifinals before bowing out.[17][18] The cross country program won team championships four times.[19] The Wolfpack football team advanced to the state playoffs for the first time in 2015,[20] losing the title game to Regina High School.[21] In 2016 Western won the state title in football against Iowa City Regina.


The school building was built in 1924.[22] In June 2014, Western Christian received grants from the Minnesota Twins Major League Baseball team and the Modern Woodmen of America for renovations to their baseball and softball fields.[23] New classrooms were added to the building in 2015.[24] The next year, air conditioning was installed and the student commons remolded.[25]

The football and track facilities at A. R. Hesla Field are shared with Boyden-Hull High School.[26]

Notable alumni[edit]


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