Dowling Catholic High School
|Dowling Catholic High School|
1400 Buffalo Road
|Motto||Veritas ∙ Fides ∙ Sapientia|
(Truth ∙ Faith ∙ Wisdom)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Oversight||Diocese of Des Moines|
|Faculty||94.6 (on an FTE basis)|
|Student to teacher ratio||15.1|
|Color(s)||Maroon and White|
|Athletics conference||Central Iowa Metro League|
|Rivals||Valley High School|
As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,431 students and 94.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 15.1:1. The school's enrollment was 81.2% White, 4.1% Black, 10.2% Hispanic, 4.4% Asian and 0.1% American Indian / Alaska Native.
It was created in 1970 by the merger of St. Joseph Academy for girls (established in 1884) and Dowling High School for boys (established in 1918 as the Des Moines College boarding school for boys).
During the 2003-04 school year, Dowling Catholic High School was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive.
The Maroons hold the record for most team home runs during a championship game with 5 in 2001.
|Baseball State Championships|
|State Boys' Basketball Championships|
|State Cross Country Team Championships|
- 2007 Girls' Heartland Regional Champions
|State Cross Country Team Championship Wins|
Dowling is the home of the Dowling Catholic Paradigm, one of the largest debate tournaments held by a school. In 2015, Dowling Catholic won 2 state titles for Congressional Debate, 1 for Public Forum debate, and 1 for Lincoln Douglas Debate.
Home games are played at the 9,500 seat Valley Stadium in West Des Moines, Williams Stadium, or at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. In 2019, they became the first school in Iowa history to win seven straight championships.
Dowling made the playoffs 17 years in a row beginning in 1985 and ending in 2002 when Dowling missed the playoffs. The school won 36 consecutive games in the 1967 through 1971 graduating class seasons. Dowling won 64 consecutive Metro conference games, a streak lasting from 1968 to 1977. In addition to the 64 metro games Dowling also won 57 consecutive conference games lasting from 1993 to 2002. WDM, Valley is Dowling's primary rival since 1968 when the schools joined the Des Moines Metro Conference.
|State 4-A Football Championships|
|2000 (13-0)||35-28||Bettendorf High (11-2)|
|2001 (13-0)||35-15||Iowa City High (12-1)|
|2010 (14-0)||38-31(OT)||Iowa City High (13-1)|
|2013 (14-0)||44-13||Cedar Rapids Xavier (12-2)|
|2014 (13-1)||49-14||Washington High School (13-1)|
|2015 (13-0)||41-10||C. R. Kennedy (13-1)|
|2016 (12-1)||23-10||Iowa City West (10-3)|
|2017 (12-1)||35-21||Iowa City West (12-1)|
|2018 (11-2)||22-16||Cedar Falls (12-1)|
|2019 (12-1)||21-16||West Des Moines (12-1)|
At the Eden Prairie: Prairie Colors tournament on October 11, 2008 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Dowling received a first place overall, best drumline, and best winds in the class 2-A competition.Waukee- October 14, 2017 Best Drumline, Best Colorguard, Best Drum Major, 1st Place
|2008 Marching Competition Awards and Placement|
|Location and Date||Awards|
|Iowa City High- October 4, 2008||Best Drumline, Best Drum Majors, 2nd place|
|Cedar Rapids Jefferson- October 4, 2008||Best Drumline, 3rd place|
|Eden Prairie, Minnesota- October 11, 2008||Best Drumline, Best Winds, 1st place|
|Ankeny- October 18, 2008||Best Drumline, 5th place|
The boys' swimming team won four championships, consecutively from 2001 to 2003.
|Boys-2A State of Iowa High School Tennis Championships|
|Year||Team Titles/Player Titles||Opponent||Score|
|1992||2A-Team Title||Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School||5-3|
|2001||2A-Team Title||Dubuque Senior High School||5-3|
- Dowling has won State Dual Wrestling Championships in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992
- Dowling has won the State Traditional Wrestling Championship in 1975, 1978, 1984, 1988, 1990, and 1991
- Dowling has the state record for most consecutive dual wins with 136 set from January 1986 to January 1992
- Michael Annett, professional NASCAR driver
- Amara Darboh, wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks.
- Joel Dickinson, music producer
- Jerry Groom, College Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman
- Matt Haack, NFL punter
- Bobby Hansen, NBA basketball player.
- Tom Harkin, United States Senator (Iowa)
- Bob Harlan, former president of the Green Bay Packers
- Matt Macri, MLB third baseman 
- Mike Mahoney, MLB catcher
- Matt McCoy, Iowa State Senator
- Scott Pose, Major League Baseball player
- Tyson Smith, NFL linebacker
- Fred L. Turner, CEO of McDonald's
- Ross Verba, NFL lineman
- "Search for Private Schools - School Detail for Dowling Catholic High School". nces.ed.gov.
- Sioux Valley News, August 5, 1885, pg. 2
- Des Moines Daily News, September 7, 1918, pg. 1
- "U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 2003 through 2006" (PDF). United States Department of Education. Retrieved May 11, 2006.
- "CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department". Journal Inquirer. November 16, 2006. Archived from the original on August 19, 2007.
The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve
- "Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test". The Washington Post. September 29, 2005.
For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school.
- "Tuition & Tuition Assistance - Dowling Catholic High School". www.dowlingcatholic.org.
- "2019 BASEBALL STATE TOURNAMENT STAT BOOKl" (PDF). Iowa High School Athletic Association. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
- "2019 State Tournament STAT BOOK" (PDF). Iowa High School Athletic Association. p. 4. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
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- "Iowa High School State Cross Country Championships - 4A GIRLS - Official at Online Race Results". OnlineRaceResults.com.
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- "2019 IHSAA CROSS COUNTRY Stat Book" (PDF). Iowa High School Athletic Association. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
- "2019 Football Stat Book" (PDF). Iowa High School Athletic Association. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
- "2019 IHSAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS". Iowa High School Athletic Association. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
- "2019 Swimming Stat Book" (PDF). Iowa High School Athletic Association. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
- "Dowling Catholic High School - Private School in West Des Moines, IA". www.dowlingcatholic.org.
- "State High School Wrestling Stats & Champions". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
State Dual Meet, Team, Consecutive Wins: Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines: 136: 1/25/1986 to 1/4/1992
- Olson, Jeff (February 20, 2014). "Iowan Annett prepares for first Daytona 500". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
But he never raced at the half-mile track, nor has he ever raced on dirt, and his NASCAR career nearly lost out to the National Hockey League. While a student at Dowling Catholic, Annett began pursuing his junior-A hockey career, eventually landing with the Waterloo Black Hawks and enrolling at Waterloo West.
- Birch Tommy (April 28, 2017). "Former Dowling Catholic WR Amara Darboh drafted by Seahawks". Des Moines Register. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
Amara Darboh nearly had to wait until the third day of the NFL Draft to hear his name called. But one team swooped in late to grab him Friday. The former Dowling Catholic wide receiver was selected in the third round of the draft by the Seattle Seahawks, the 106th overall pick and second-to-last pick of the night.
- "Jerry "Boomer" Groom". College Football Hall of Fame. Football Foundation. Retrieved February 19, 2008.
- Peterson, Randy (July 25, 1999). "Bobby Hansen, Des Moines, 1999". Des Moines Register. Retrieved February 19, 2008.
Graduated from West Des Moines Dowling High School in 1979, graduated University of Iowa in 1983.
- Miller, Judith (February 9, 1992). "Tom Harkin's Old-Time Religion". The New York Times. Retrieved November 6, 2007.
After his mother died, Harkin, an altar boy, went to Dowling Catholic High School in Des Moines and won a Navy R.O.T.C. scholarship to college.
- Witosky, Tom (January 21, 2011). "Rivalry's bitter roots took a strong hold". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
Bob Harlan, former president and CEO of the Green Bay Packers, has watched the longest and most bitter rivalry in the NFL for 37 years. The Des Moines native and West Des Moines Dowling Catholic graduate knows how it began, how it has grown into football legend and what it means to fans on both sides.
- Staff (October 20, 2012). "Catching up with: Former Dowling star, MLB player Matt Macri". USA Today. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
The former multi-sport athlete for West Des Moines Dowling Catholic quarterbacked the Maroons’ football team to its first state championship in 2000, beating Bettendorf 35-28 in the final.
- "Mike Mahoney, c, Cubs". Baseball America. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
- "About Matt McCoy". Iowa Senate. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
Matt graduated from Dowling High School in 1984 and earned his B.A. degree from Briar Cliff College in Sioux City in 1988.
- "Scott Pose Baseball Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved October 3, 2017.