Decorah High School strives to offer a variety of opportunities to satisfy the varying interests of students.
High School Clubs and Activities
Art Club is an informal weekly meeting of interested high school students welcome to create & socialize in an open studio format. Occasional collaborative art activities take place throughout the year with a focus on community involvement. Meetings take place every Tuesday from 6-8 pm in the Art Room (126).
Community Club is an organization whose mission is to contribute to the community through volunteering, whether that be the high school, entire district, local, state, or the wider community. An integral part of Community Club is TAATU, Teens Against Alcohol and Tobacco Use. Students plan events to help educate their peers (at the high school as well as at the middle school) about the dangers of alcohol and tobacco use, with a current focus on vaping.
“D” Club is open to any student who has earned a letter in athletics, drama, and/or music. The purpose of “D” Club is to promote standards of good leadership, sportsmanship, and fair play among the student body as well as its own members. This is done through a student advisory group and service projects for the community and the school. Letters are received by the participant when they have completed the pre-determined lettering requirements for the activity.
The Envirothon tests student knowledge in the areas of Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, Wildlife, and Current Events. Each team is also judged on an Oral Presentation. The Iowa Envirothon is a program of the Conservation Districts of Iowa in cooperation with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Smithfield Foods, and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
FFA is a part of the agricultural education program at Decorah High School. Student members are engaged in a wide range of curriculum and FFA activities, leading to more than 235 career opportunities in agriculture. The letters “FFA” stand for Future Farmers of America; however, in 1988 the official name of the organization was changed from “Future Farmers of America” to “The National FFA Organization” to reflect the growing diversity of agriculture.
Mock trial is designed to introduce students to our legal system by providing a challenging, academic competition. The program offers students an opportunity for personal growth and achievement, emphasizing the importance of research, presentation, and teamwork. In addition to teaching students about contemporary public issues and the legal system, the program encourages teachers and students to develop learning partnerships with professionals from the community. Lawyers from communities throughout Iowa contribute their time as coaches and judges at the tournaments.
The Physics Olympics is a series of physics-related competitions for high school students. The competition stresses creativity and ingenuity as well as an understanding of physics-related principles and is intended to stimulate interest in the Physical Sciences.
Robotics teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. Teams are required to develop a strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles.