Ames High School

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Ames High School
Ames High School Logo.svg
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Ames High Aims High
Address
1921 Ames High Drive
Ames, Iowa, Story County, 50010
United States
Information
School typePublic high school
Established1921
School districtAmes Community School District
SuperintendentDr. Tim Taylor
DeanJohn Burke
PrincipalSpence Evans
Grades9-12
Enrollment1422[1] (2009-10)
School color(s)          Orange and Black
SongAmes High Loyalty
Fight songAmes High Loyalty
Athletics conferenceCentral Iowa Metro League
NicknameLittle Cyclones
RivalValley High School
NewspaperThe WEB
YearbookSPIRIT
Website
 
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Coordinates: 42°02′25″N 93°38′03″W / 42.040209°N 93.634203°W / 42.040209; -93.634203

Ames High School
Ames High School Logo.svg
AmesHigh001.jpg
Ames High Aims High
Address
1921 Ames High Drive
Ames, Iowa, Story County, 50010
United States
Information
School typePublic high school
Established1921
School districtAmes Community School District
SuperintendentDr. Tim Taylor
DeanJohn Burke
PrincipalSpence Evans
Grades9-12
Enrollment1422[1] (2009-10)
School color(s)          Orange and Black
SongAmes High Loyalty
Fight songAmes High Loyalty
Athletics conferenceCentral Iowa Metro League
NicknameLittle Cyclones
RivalValley High School
NewspaperThe WEB
YearbookSPIRIT
Website

Ames High School is the sole high school in Ames, Iowa.

Academics[edit]

June 2013 Ames High School has been named one of the top high schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report.U.S. News and World Report Ranking In its recently released rankings, the magazine awarded Ames High School a silver medal.

Nearly one third of Ames High students retain a grade point of 3.5 or higher. By 2012 Ames High School has produced the greatest number of National Merit Scholars in the state. In the class of 2012, there were 23 National Merit Semi Finalists Students from Ames High. Fifteen Ames High School students have been named presidential scholars since 1964, including one in 2012-2013 year. Ames High School has an ACT average of 25.3, and a SAT average of 1261. The majority of Ames High School students go on to higher levels of education; in the class of 2012, 93.6% of graduates enrolled in four year colleges, universities, community colleges and vocational schools. Approximately half of Ames High Graduates attending college at Iowa Regents Universities maintain a grade point average above 3.0 in their freshman year. Ames High School has a Graduation rate of 94.5%.[2]

In 2012, Ames High School was ranked fourth in the Iowa AP Index, which is an annual release by the Belin-Blank Center that recognizes accredited Iowa high schools for providing Advanced Placement opportunities. The AP Index is calculated by taking the number of AP exams taken divided by the number of graduates.

Ames High School offers several AP, honors, and accelerated classes. The AP Courses include Biology, Physics B, Chemistry, Calculus AB, Statistics, US History, European History, US Government, Psychology, Language and Composition, Literature and Composition, Art History, French, German, and Spanish.

Athletics[edit]

Ames High School is a member of the Iowa Conference of the Central Iowa Metropolitan League. Teams sponsored by the school include football, boys and girls cross-country, boys golf, girls swimming, and volleyball in the fall season. During the winter season, the school sponsored sports are boys and girls basketball, wrestling, and boys swimming. There is also a hockey team with the Ames team name, but it is not school-affiliated. The spring consists of girls golf, boys and girls track, boys and girls tennis, and boys and girls soccer. Summer sports are baseball and softball. The head of athletics activities is Judge Johnston.

Cross country[edit]

The boys cross-country team won the District Title, advancing to the State Meet.

The girls cross-country team won the 2007 Conference Title. Coach Kirk Schmaltz won the Iowa Conference Coach of the Year. The girls finished in 2nd place behind defending state champions Dowling Catholic High. They also qualified for the State Meet.

Golf[edit]

The girls golf team was crowned champions for the State Tournament in 08/09 and the 2007 boys golf team finished 1 stroke behind the first-place team to finish 2nd at the State Tournament.

Football[edit]

The 2007 football team finished the season 5-4. In 2008 the Little Cyclones finished with an 8-4 record advancing to the quarterfinal round of the playoffs.

In 1996 the Little Cyclones were conference champions and finished with a 9-0 CIML record and a 12-1 overall record. They also advanced to the state championship game. The 1995 team was 9-3 and advanced to the semifinal round of the playoffs. The '97 Senior class was arguably the greatest football class in Ames High history with a combined 2 year record of 21-4. In 2013 the team went 11-1 losing to valley in the state Quarter final. The team was lead by Running Back Clifford Kwaw-Mensah and Quarterback Sam Straub

Volleyball[edit]

Ames High Volleyball started out the 2010 season ranked first in the State. They also won the Conference Title.

Hockey[edit]

The Ames High Hockey team has won state two times in 1985 and in 1986

Swimming[edit]

The Ames High boys swimming team is noted for its numerous conference titles, undefeated seasons, 7th place at State in 2007 preceded by 5 top 5 finishes in the State meet. The boys swim team has been coached by Dan Flannery since 1998. The Ames High Girls swim team won its first ever state meet in 2010. Now in 2014 the girls team has won every meet since then.

Basketball[edit]

The Ames High Basketball team is coached by Vance Downs. They completed the 2007-2008 season with a 20-3 record after losing to Marshalltown High School in the Sub-State Final. The team's history is highlighted with a 1991 State Championship led by Fred Hoiberg who went on to play for the Iowa State Cyclones and later in the NBA, and has returned to coach Iowa State's men's basketball team. The 2008-2009 team went undefeated in the regular season with a record of 21-0. The Little Cyclones went on to win the Iowa 4A (Large School) State championship and finish a perfect 26-0. Harrison Barnes and Doug McDermott were both on that team. The Little Cyclones have won eight championships in school history.

2010

The basketball team remained undefeated through the 2009-2010 season and won their second straight State championship. Ames became the first team from the big-school class to repeat as undefeated state champions. Harrison Barnes and Doug McDermott were both were named to the all-tournament team. Ames won 53 straight games, dating back to the start of the 2008-2009 season. More than 13,000 fans attended the 2010 state final, besting the previous record of 11,972 set in 1997.

Wrestling[edit]

The Ames wrestling team is coached by Drew Kelly. Kelly is a former three time state champion at Charles City High School in Northern Iowa.

The team qualified six Wrestlers for State last year, and has three wrestlers ranked in the top ten this year.

Soccer[edit]

The Ames High boys soccer team enjoyed a very successful 2008-2009 season, playing in the class 3-A state championship game, though losing 3-2 to Iowa City West. The girls soccer team 2011 season had a 5-5 record while losing to Des Moines East in sub-state.

Boys Tennis[edit]

For the first time in school history, the Boys Tennis team won the state championship for Iowa in 2011, defeating the Iowa City West Trojans in a come-from-behind win to clinch the state title. The Ames team went undefeated for the year, and has lost only one meet in the past two years (losing to West Des Moines Valley in the State Championship Game in 2010). Ames also performed well at the 2011 Individual State Tournament. Coached by Miriam Skrade, in 2012, Ames lost in the state championship rematch to Iowa City West, 5-3.

Girls Tennis[edit]

The Ames High Girls Tennis team, under the leadership of longtime Coach Len Thiede has been undefeated for every match from 2009–12 and have been 2A State Tennis Team Champions for four years in a row.

Boys Track and field[edit]

Since 1941 Ames High has won an unprecedented 20 state championships and 9 state runners up in track and field.

Campus[edit]

The school rests on a 74-acre (300,000 m2) campus which includes a 20-acre (81,000 m2) natural prairie reserve. The building has been recently renovated to incorporate new lockers, a wrestling room, a larger cafeteria, a modernized gym, and new weight room equipment.

Fine Arts Department[edit]

The student body at Ames High School is heavily involved in music. There are three concert bands (Symphonic, Concert, Freshman), three choirs (Chorale, Choir, and Freshman), two orchestras, two jazz bands, a pep band, and several instrument choirs (Horn, Clarinet, Flute, and Percussion). Other notable fine arts events include: Madrigal, with a select groups of students performing in chamber choir, string ensembles, and a brass choir, the Marching Band, where all band members perform in parades and at every home football game, and the spring Solo-Ensemble Contest.

Drama Department[edit]

Steven Woolery, English teacher, is the current head of the drama department. The drama department typically puts on two plays and one musical during the school year, as well as a madrigal play. The next upcoming performance is Chemical Bonding (or Better Living Through Chemistry) Some past performance include:

Notable alumni[edit]

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