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East Students win accolades at Tom Frecska Printing Competition


Student winners show promise as they enter the imaging workforce For Immediate Release November 19, 2015 Contact: Renee Simpson, SGIA 703.359.1310 (link sends e-mail)Fairfax, Virginia — Student submissions in the Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition were honored at the 2015 SGIA Expo for displaying advanced printing ability and knowledge of their craft, and proved … Read more »


“Tale as Old as Time” Performed by East


From Belle to Gaston to Chip, the characters of the classic “Beauty and the Beast” come to life this week at East High School. The drama department’s Fall musical will be performed Thursday, November 12 through Saturday, November 14. For details on show times and ticket prices, and a preview of the performance given to East side elementary students today, please click on the image.


Beauty and the Beast Community Outreach


Several cast members from “Beauty and the Beast” performed musical numbers from their upcoming show on  November 12th, 13th and 14th at two daycare centers (Shining Stars and the Science Center).  Afterward the cast read with students some of their favorite books. Just a another way East students are living our motto, ”For the Service of Humanity.”

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East’s Students Among Top Journalists


Ten Iowa student journalists were recently named as Emerging Journalists at the 2015 Fall Conference of the Iowa High School Press Association, and three of these top student-journalists attend Des Moines Public Schools including East’s own Emma Kinney and Shirah Burton. Congratulations to Emma, Shirah and the Scroll staff for their great work!


East’s Musical Brings Beauty to the Stage


East High School’s Performing Arts department presents the musical, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” Thursday, Nov. 12 and 13 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 14 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Come and join us for a magical time as we explore this classic love story.


East Scarlets Head to Football Playoffs


Following a 48-21 win over Sioux City North and ending with a regular season record of 5-4, East is heading to the football playoffs. The Scarlets will face Ankeny Centennial in its first-round game. The game is in Ankeny with the kick-off at 8:00 pm. Click the photo to visit the IAHSAA web site for more football playoff information.

Upcoming Events

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Basketball: Girls JV
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Basketball: Girls Varsity
Nov 30
Bowling: Boys Varsity
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Bowling: Boys JV
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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.