School News


East Forfeit Changed to “No Contest” by IHSAA


The Iowa High School Athletic Association has informed Des Moines Public Schools that the forfeit forced upon the East Scarlets football team in their game last Friday against Ames High School is now a “no contest.” The game will not be considered a “win” for Ames or a “loss” for East on their records. Click … Read more »

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Student Government Hosts Dodgeball Tournament


“If you’re going to become true dodgeballers, then you’ve got to learn the five d’s of dodgeball: dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge.” The East High School Student Government will be hosting a dodgeball tournament on Saturday, November 15th from 9am to 1pm.  If you are interested in creating a team, please sign up in … Read more »


Show Support for East Scarlets at Senior Night


East Senior Night is now Thursday, October 23 at 5:40 PM (prior to the 10th grade football game) at Williams Stadium. Come honor 66 seniors for their participation in football, cross country, boys golf, band, cheer, color guard and steppers. Don’t let a wrong decision by the IHSAA get in the way of celebrating a … Read more »


East High Scarlets Forced to Forfeit


The East High School Scarlets have been forced to forfeit Friday night’s game because of unsubstantiated internet rumors about safety at the school. The only other options given by the IHSAA were to play in a couple of hours in Ames, or at Williams Stadium during daylight hours on Saturday. Click here for more.


It’s Showtime on Stage at East


The East High Performing Arts Department presents Annie November 13, 14 & 15. Show times begin at 7 pm in the East Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Half of all proceeds from the performance on Friday the 14th will be donated to the Viva East Bank Children’s Holiday Winter Weather … Read more »

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Read, Read All About It East Scroll Published


Read the first 2014-2015 publication of the East High Scroll. This issue includes a feature on homecoming festivities, welcomes a few of the new faces in our hallways, voices an opinion on the Scarlet mascot and much, much more. Click here to see what’s going on at the largest high school in the state of … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Oct 22
Senior Meeting
Oct 23
Swimming: Girls Varsity
Oct 23
Swimming: Girls JV
Oct 23
Football: 10th
Oct 23
Football: 9th
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Scarlet Block
Scarlet block is a place to create positive relationships and provide continuity of communication. Students set goals realizing their academic potential, and teachers become advocates for their students. Student Expectations: BE EAST (Engaged, Accountable, Safe and Thoughtful)

2014-2015 Academic Goals
East High School, in partnership with families and the community, will capitalize on their rich diversity to develop life-long learners, capable of adapting to the ever-changing world. View East High goals and vision & mission statement.

Iowa Safe & Supportive School
As part of the Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools grant initiative, East High School surveyed students, staff and parents last spring to learn more about school safety, student engagement and the overall learning environment. East High School emerged higher in multiple indexes as compared to past years. We began with an IS3 index of 14 and our overall index has increased to 19. Learn more about the results of the survey and the Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools Index here.

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East High School was founded in 1861, with the major structure constructed in 1911. East High’s motto “For the Service of Humanity” embraces the schools focus on developing life long learners who will be productive citizens.

Welcome to East High School, Iowa’s largest 9-12 building. East High strives for continual improvement by focusing on our three core values: Engage, Excel, Empower.