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Davis Reaches D-l Dream with Northern Illinois


Josh Davis has been training for years with his eyes focused on reaching college wrestling’s top step. The two-time state medalist from East committed Wednesday to continue his wrestling career at Northern Illinois. Read this Scarlet’s story in the Des Moines Register.

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Scarlet Student Featured on KCCI


He’s not your typical mailman making rounds at Mercy Medical Center. Austin Lee’s wheelchair is equipped to handle a heavy load, and he may move faster than most despite his disability. View East High School’s Austin Lee on KCCI.

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Share the Mic Night on December 5th


On Friday, December 5th East High’s Movement 515 crew will be putting on the second Share the Mic of the year! All proceeds from the show will go to Pearls for Girls, a program that works with middle school and high school girls in the community. The show will be at the Euclid Room with … Read more »


DMPS Tests Message Systems on Thursday


The safety, security and well-being of our students and staff is always a top priority. That’s why DMPS will be testing our automated message systems later this week. On November 20th at 2:30 PM a test message will be sent to parents/ guardians in one of five ways: Telephone, Text message, Email, Infinite Campus mobile app, … Read more »


East High Presents “Annie” This Week


The Fall musical season continues at DMPS as East High presents “Annie” this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Performances are each night at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Half of the proceeds from Friday night’s performance will be donated to the Viva East Bank Children’s Holiday Winter Weather Wear Drive.


Scarlet in Story on Latinos, Agriculture


Melissa Garcia Rodriquez studies agriculture at Central Campus, and is a member of the Des Moines Future Farmers of America. She hopes to one day be a large animal veterinarian and have her own cattle herd. She was featured in this story by Harvest Public Media on how children of Latino immigrants are forging their own … Read more »

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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.

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.