Freshman Draft Day

IOWA CITY, Iowa โ€“ The City High football program welcomed Class of 2028 student-athletes to The School That Leads on May 1 for Freshman Draft Day. The current eighth graders made the trip from Southeast Junior High during lunch hours to meet coaches, tour campus and facilities, learn program expectations, onboard into program systems for communication, rosters and scheduling, and more.

Returning varsity players discussed how to successfully make the transition to high school, and Principal John Bacon addressed the long tradition of Little Hawk football players becoming role models within the school and wider community.

Student-athletes who were unable to attend Draft Day should reach out to a coach for important onboarding information related to scheduling and program communication.

The tour included stops by historic Bates Field, important locations and resources within the school building, as well as the nationally-distinguished new wellness center at City High.

Later, participants watched from the concourse of Little Hawk Arena as City High players met and held an open-gym with Wyoming assistant coach Joe Tripodi.

Head Coach Mitchell Moore emphasized the cohesive structure of his football program, with underclassmen practicing alongside the varsity group and historically earning opportunities to play varsity minutes on Friday nights. He also stressed the importance of living up to “The Standard” — a set of program expectations for individual and team success on the field, in preparation and in life.

The incoming class posed for photos in the varsity team’s alternate “blackout” uniforms and finished the day with pizza. Photos are viewable below.

Student-athletes learned about the storied football tradition at City High. The day was broken up with highlight tape from years recent and past. Along with “The Standard,” words such as “The School That Leads” and “48 Minutes for a Lifetime of Memories” were put into their proper context.

City High lays claim to nine football state championships. In the playoff era, the Little Hawks have won four championships (โ€™93, โ€™94, โ€™96, โ€™09) and finished runner-up on three occasions. 

City High Football has also produced 18 NFL players, including at least one in each of the past eight decades, and 220 all-state players. 

During the conference championship era from 1992-2013, the Little Hawks won a league-best 23 MVC Championships at an .838 (166-32) conference winning percentage. City High won 33 consecutive MVC games from 2007-2011 and posted 27 straight victories during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

With 58 state championships across all sports, City High was named the top Iowa high school for athletics in 2010. In three seasons under Coach Moore, the program has made playoff appearances in each year, including a trip to the UNI-Dome for the State Semifinals in 2021.

Little Hawks, welcome the flashing lights at Bates Field. The Standard is now yours to uphold. We are The School That Leads!

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Thank you @H_HAWK for coming to City High today! I am proud to announce Iโ€™ve received my 4th offer from the Central Missouri Mules! @UCMFootballTeam #GoMules

๐™๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™  ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช Coach @H_HAWK for joining us this morning!

Another special day when an ๐™ค๐™›๐™›๐™š๐™ง is given at The School That Leadsโ€ผ๏ธ

#iahsfb x #TheSTANDARD

@CityHighSports on ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ last night!!

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โ€ข@ICCityHighSB ๐Ÿงน2๏ธโƒฃ & 17 ๐Ÿ“โ€ผ๏ธ
โ€ข@iccitymensoccer headed to STATE๐Ÿ‘‘;
Coach Jose & the boys are TOUGH.


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