Waukee picks name for second high school

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Waukee Community School District announces the name of its second high school.

Northwest High School is scheduled to open in the fall of 2021 in a partnership with the City of Waukee.

"The high school is built on a 160-acre complex that is an agreement between the City of Waukee and Waukee Community School District. The city will have ball fields, a fishing pier and a Miracle League ballpark, all of which will be handicap accessible," said Kirk Johnson of Waukee Schools.

The new campus will have a capacity of 1,800 students, but with a growth-rate of around 500 new students each year in Waukee, discussions about a third high school might not be far away.

"It's not a stretch to say that we have had conversations about a third high school. That being said, our focus right now has been working to on board our second high school while providing a quality education to all students."

Johnson tells WHO Radio News that school colors and a mascot have yet to be determined.

The new school will be located at 10th Street and Hickman.

It is the third time in more than 40 years an Iowa school district will open a high school. Centennial High School opened in Ankeny in August 2013 and Liberty High School in Iowa City opened in 2017. 

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