Jonathan Northrup & Tate High School Art Studio Students

Iowa City


Our favorite Hawkeye moment is when Tate teachers took kids to an Iowa basketball game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in December 2013 with tickets donated by the Iowa Athletic department. It’s a moment we know these kids will always remember.

about the artist

Jonathan led a group of Art Studio students in designing and painting Tate High School’s Herky. Jon’s Herky uses Tate High School Warriors colors and our shield logo combined with maps of Iowa. Jonathan has taken numerous art classes in addition to working part-time at Fareway since 2012. His design represents how each student has traveled a unique path to Tate where they learn to be as strong as a warrior to reach the common goal of graduation and success beyond.


Journey of a Warrior Herky was conceived and created by Tate High School Art Studio students by combining Herky’s fighting spirit with the Tate Warriors mascot. The Tate Warrior symbolizes the strength and persistence required to accomplish the common goal of graduation and achievement. Tate’s students embody the spirit of CORR values (Caring, Ownership, Respect, and Responsibility) as they travel together and individually toward this goal, facing adversity with strength. The Iowa maps cut and collaged onto Herky’s arms and legs symbolize that journey.


Tate High School, 1528 Mall Dr, Iowa City

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