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501 E. Second Street, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501  –  641-683-4444   –


Ottumwa, Iowa, population 25,350, is located 90 miles southeast of the state capital. The city is primarily a blue-collar community, situated on the bluffs overlooking the Des Moines River and surrounded by rich agricultural land. Ottumwa means “Rippling Waters”, is the county seat of Wapello County, and is the largest community in a 10-county area. It serves as a regional hub for post- secondary education, healthcare, transportation, and retail. The largest industries are manufacturing, health care and social assistance, and retail trade.


Ottumwa High School is a four-year comprehensive high school serving 1,400 students in grades 9-12. It is accredited by North Central Association and the State of Iowa Department of Public Instruction. The school year is divided into two semesters of 90 days in length. Class size averages 25 students with seven 46-minute periods. There are 80 certified teachers, fourschool counselors, five administrators, one librarian, and two nurses. 


  • Principal:  Shelley Bramschreiber
  • Assistant Principal:  Jordan Buell
  • Associate Principals:  Devin Baker and Aaron Deutsch
  • Activities Director:  Brandon Brooks 


  • Ottumwa High School Attendance - 89.6%
  • Graduation Rate - 86.59%
  • Graduation Intentions - 48.6% graduates plan to pursue post-secondary education


  • Students are ranked according to their cumulative, unweighted grade point average (4.0 base) at the end of each semester.


Credits required for graduation for the class of 2024: 46

  • Language Arts: 4 years (8 Credits) 
  • Mathematics: 3 years (6 Credits) 
  • Social Studies: 3 years (6 Credits) 
    • U.S. History, World History, American Government, and Econ/Financial Literacy
  • Science: 3 years (6 Credits) 
    • Earth and Space Science, Biology, and Physical Science
  • Physical Education: 4 credits

PROGRAM OF STUDIES - Elective Departments: 

  • Agriculture
  • Applied Technology
  • Army Junior ROTC – Leadership
  • Business Education
  • Family and Consumer Science 
  • Fine Arts: Including Band, Orchestra, Vocal, and Visual Arts 
  • World Languages (French and Spanish) 

Advanced Placement: 
Ottumwa High School offers the following AP courses: AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Human Geography, AP Language and Composition, AP Literature and Composition, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, and AP Psychology. In addition to these courses, students may be eligible to participate in AP online.

Concurrent enrollment: 
A variety of concurrent classes are offered and taught at Ottumwa High School. Students receive both high school and college credit. Students receive both high school and college credit. Students also have the opportunity to enroll in college classes online, Live Virtual Learning (LVL), or at the Indian Hills Community College campus..   



  • Baseball
  • Basketball (Girls / Boys)
  • Bowling (Girls / Boys)
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country (Girls / Boys) 
  • Football 
  • Golf (Girls / Boys)    
  • Soccer (Girls / Boys)
  • Softball 
  • Swimming (Girls / Boys)
  • Tennis (Girls / Boys)
  • Track (Girls / Boys) 
  • Volleyball
  • Wresting (Girls / Boys) 


  • Al Exito
  • Archery Club
  • Art Club 
  • Band
  • Best Buddies
  • Chess Club
  • Dance Team
  • Debate Team
  • Drama Club
  • Fellowship of the Rainbow
  • History Club
  • Orchestra
  • P7
  • Science Club
  • Shark Club
  • Silver Cord 
  • Speech (Large Group and Individual)
  • Student Council
  • Stand Up 2 Cancer
  • Torch Club (National Honor Society)
  • Trapshooting Club
  • Vocal