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|Ames High School|
1921 Ames High Drive
|School type||Public high school|
|Motto||Ames Hi Aims High|
|School district||Ames Community School District|
|Teaching staff||79.31 (FTE)|
|Student to teacher ratio||17.45|
|Color(s)||Orange and Black|
|Slogan||"Ames Hi Aims High"|
|Athletics conference||Central Iowa Metro League|
|Rival||Marshalltown High School, Iowa City High School|
From 2015 through 2019 Ames High School has been named the top public high school in the state of Iowa by Niche.com  In June 2019, Ames High School was named the top high school in Iowa by U.S. News & World Report. The Ames High motto is "Ames High Aims High".
Nearly one third of Ames High students retain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. In 2012, Ames High School 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%.
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.
The Little Cyclones are members of the Iowa Division of the Central Iowa Metro 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. The spring consists of boys and girls golf, boys and girls track, boys and girls tennis, and boys and girls soccer. The summer sports are baseball and softball.
The Ames High hockey team won state two times in 1985 and in 1986.
The Ames High boys' basketball team has won eight state championships, most recently consecutive titles in 2009 and 2010.
The girls' soccer team won the Class 3A state championship for the first time in 2017.
The Ames High girls' tennis team won the 2A State title four years in a row ((2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) and again in 2019. For the first time in school history, the boys' tennis team won the Class 2A state championship in 2011.
Since 1941, Ames High has won 20 state championships in boys' track and field, the most recent in 1991. The girls' team has won five championships (1987, 1988, 1992, 1995, 1996). The boys' cross country team have won six state championships (1967, 1968, 1973, 1975, 1983, 1989)
The Ultimate Frisbee team has been runner-up at the state tournament from 2013 to 2015, with a championship in 2012.
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. Plans for a new facility at the same site have just been approved and are planned to be completed by the start of the 2022-2023 school year.
Fine Arts Department
The student body at Ames High School has a large presence in music. There are four concert bands (Wind Symphony, Symphonic, Concert, and 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, which involves a select group of students performing in chamber choir, string ensembles, a brass choir, the 315+ member Marching Band, where all band members perform in parades and at every home football game, and the spring Solo Ensemble Contest. While the marching band is not competitive, every three years the band heads to Orlando, Florida to perform at Disney World.
This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. (December 2015)
- Harrison Barnes, current NBA player for the Sacramento Kings and 2015 NBA Finals champion.
- Robert L. Bartley, editor of The Wall Street Journal editorial page for more than 30 years, winner of Pulitzer Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom
- William D. Bond, inventor, mechanical engineer
- David M. Dobson, software developer
- Steve Dreyer, former MLB player (Texas Rangers)
- Jane Espenson, television writer and producer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Leslie Hall, rap artist and front-woman of Leslie and the Ly's
- Richie Hayward, drummer and founding member of the band Little Feat
- Fred Hoiberg, current Nebraska Cornhuskers men's basketball coach and former NBA player and coach
- Michelle Hoover, author "Bottomland", "The Quickening"
- Dame DeAnne Shirly Julius, current Economist
- Ted Kooser, poet and 13th Poet Laureate of United States, Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (2005)
- Edward Mezvinsky, former congressman in United States House of Representatives
- Margaret Lloyd, operatic soprano
- Doug McDermott, current NBA player for the Indiana Pacers
- Beverley Owen, actress best known for playing the role of Marilyn in The Munsters
- Matt Ruebel, former MLB player for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Devil Rays
- Brian Smith, photographer and author of Art & Soul
- Neta Snook, pioneer aviator, taught Amelia Earhart to fly
- Neal Stephenson, contributor to Wired and author known for his speculative fiction works
- Jeroen van de Weijer, Professor of English Linguistics at Shanghai International Studies University
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