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East Teen Takes Break to Enjoy Prom


Check out Katherine Klingseis’ article in this morning’s The Des Moines Register. Klingseis writes about East High’s Ruth Phaviset and her journey over the last several years. Also, take a look at a few pictures captured from Saturday’s Prom.

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21st Annual East High Golf Classic


The East High Golf Classic will be held at Copper Creek Golf Club in Pleasant Hill again this year.  For most of you, this tournament will look and feel the same as in the past. A new successful feature we tried the previous four years is a Friday afternoon flight. In addition to the great … Read more »


Scarlets Alumni: Reserve Your Seat Now


The 138th Annual East High All School Reunion is less than 3 weeks away. This year’s events include a Heritage Club lunch, golf classic, social hour and Scarlet Celebration at the Iowa Events Center: Veterans Memorial Ballroom. Don’t miss the fun, and giving away $150,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors! For more information, click here.


Tuesday is ACT Exam Day at East


ACT Day: it’s an annual tradition at Des Moines Public Schools as the day when hundreds of high school juniors take – free of charge – the ACT college entrance exam. This year that day falls on Tuesday.  A reminder that there are no classes on Tuesday for students in grades 9, 10 and 12.


DMPS Offers Free Summer Meal Program


DMPS will again offer breakfast and lunch over the summer months to children 18 and younger. The number of sites has grown, and so have the number of meals served. Last summer, DMPS staff fed children 28,722 breakfasts and 79,698 lunches. DMPS has sponsored a summer meal program for more than 30 years. Click on the headline for more information and a list of sites.


Track & Field Athletes Ready for Relays


East will send a fleet-footed contingent to this week’s Drake Relays. Student-athletes from East will be competing in eight different events starting on Thursday at this year’s Relays. Click here for a list of DMPS qualifiers, and a link to information about Drake Relays schedules, tickets and more.

Upcoming Events

May 4
Golf: Girls Varsity
May 4
Tennis: Girls JV
May 4
Tennis: Girls Varsity
May 4
Soccer: Girls 9th
May 4
Soccer: Boys Varsity
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Scarlet Country

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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.

21st Annual EHS Golf Classic
The 21st Annual East High Golf Classic will be held at Copper Creek in Pleasant Hill again this year. This event will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 15th & 16th. More information can be found here.

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About East High School


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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.