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Where Excellence iS a Tradition

#1 high school in Iowa
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Welcome To

West High School

West High opened its doors in 1968 to a growing Iowa City west side community. Today, reflecting the continued growth, more than 1,500 students attend West High. We pride ourself in both the consistent high achievement of our students and the exemplary quality of our staff. 

Lear More About West High

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Our District

The Iowa City Community School District serves more than 14,000 students and is the 4th largest school district in the state of Iowa. Here you can explore our District's offerings, stay informed with the latest news and calendar updates, meet our District administrative team, and more!

Students & Families

Our students and families are at the heart of what we do. Here you can explore the resources and information needed from enrollment to school meals to transportation and everything in between.

Academics & Programs

Our goal is to provide dynamic learning opportunities and future-focused educational programming. Here you will discover the depth and breadth of our academic offerings and our unique programming opportunities that prepare students to be college, career, and life ready.

Supports & Services

We are committed to providing supports that allow for all students to reach their full potential. Here you will find information on our specialized education services, our mental health supports, our community connections, and more.

West High School

By the numbers


Students enrolled at West


Largest high school in our District


Students per class on average


Faculty and staff at West


Years West has been open (1968)

A Message From

Our Principal

Mitch Gross

West High has been a dynamic institution since opening in 1968, and I am very pleased to be part of the tradition of excellence that has been built here. To meet the challenge of educating our students, we have a fantastic group of teachers, administrators, secretaries, paraprofessionals, custodians, and kitchen workers who number nearly 200 strong.
Mitch Gross
West High Principal

Voices of West High

Sharing their stories

Amari Nasafi

Amari Nasafi


Briar Martin

student at West

Briar Martin 


Cindy Wang

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Cindy Wang


Julian Manson

Julian Manson 


Theresa Juhl

teacher at West High

Theresa Juhl