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Have a Safe Summer and Online Registration


 Online registration will be available after July 17th, 2017. We wish you a happy and safe summer and look forward to our students return on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017.

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Important Info for Incoming Seniors


Before our incoming seniors can begin school in the fall, they must meet a new mandatory state vaccination requirement. Students without proof of vaccination or an exemption will not be allowed to attend classes. Currently, just 7% of East’s incoming seniors do not have the vaccination. Click here to read more about what is needed, and where students can find assistance meeting this requirement.

East Student poses with milk holder.

Win-Win Collaboration for East, RVM


Gloria Gallegos is a student at Ruby Van Meter School who loves chocolate milk. Her occupational therapist wanted to find a way that she could enjoy it on her own, so he roughed out an idea that found its way to a Computer Aided Design class at East. Sophomore Skyler Leonard took on the challenge of turning the idea into reality, designing and manufacturing a custom milk carton holder. Read and see how yesterday morning Gloria enjoyed a nice, cold chocolate milk … all on her own. Click the headline to read more.

A student and staff member pet a dog.

Belly Scratching, Letter Signing at East High


When classes dismissed at East High, the best part of the school day was yet to come. In the school’s community center gym, dogs from the Animal Rescue League’s Therapets Team were on hand for a little play time with students. It was ARL’s way of saying thanks for fundraising on their behalf by East’s student government. Meanwhile, down the hall in the school’s main gym, 16 soon-to-be-former Scarlets were signing their college letters of intent. Click the headline for more of this great day to stay after school at East High School.

A student paints a peace pole.

Peace Pole Project for East Art Students


Students in Joleen Weller’s art class at East High School are creating “peace poles” to be displayed in the community. For the last unit of the year in her introductory art classes her students are hard at work painting the “peace poles” they hope to see planted around the city. The Peace Pole Project is a global movement that’s coalesced around this mantra: “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” Click on the headline to read and see more.


Driver’s Ed


      Driver’s Ed is offered through StreetSmarts. Some students may qualify for fee financial assistance.  Please call Mrs. Hill, 515-242-7788, to see if you may qualify for assistance, prior to registering for a class.  If you think you may qualify for fee assistance, call Mrs. Hill, 515-242-7788, in the Main office to see … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Jun 29
Baseball: 9th vs. Des Moines North (Away)
Jun 29
Softball: 9th vs. Des Moines North (Home)
Jun 29
Baseball: Varsity vs. Des Moines North (Home)
Jun 29
Softball: JV vs. Des Moines North (Home)
Jun 29
Softball: Varsity vs. Des Moines North (Home)
815 East 13th Street, Des Moines, IA 50316
P: 515-242-7788 | F: 515-242-7958

Scarlet Country

Graduation 2017

Saturday, May 27

8:00 am – Seniors report to the Bell Center, North side of the Drake Knapp Center building, 2601 Forest Ave., Des Moines.

8:30 am – Doors open to the public

9:00 am – GRADUATION! Drake Knapp Center


Día de la graduación 2017

Sábado 27 de Mayo

A las 8:00 am los Estudiantes de Ultimo Grado deben reportarse al Bell Center, lado Norte del Edificio Knapp Center, 2601 Forest Ave., Des Moines.

Sábado 27 de Mayo: 8:30 am – las puertas de Knapp Center abren para el público.

Sábado 27 de Mayo a las 9:00 am. ¡GRADUACION! En Drake Knapp Center.

Be East

At East High School we have adopted the PBIS (Positive Behaviors Interventions and Supports) program. This program, which we at East call Be EAST, is aimed at providing positive behavioral supports for our students. The Be EAST program teaches our students to be Engaged, Accountable, Safe and Thoughtful.

Scarlet Pride

Scarlet Pride, Inc. is the booster organization for East High School. We are a group of engaged parents that provide many opportunities for our East High students through fundraising and volunteer time.Our merchandise store is just one way that we generate funds to give back to East High.Please take a few moments to check out all of the great East High School merchandise, everything is shipped directly to your home. Click on Scarlet Pride.

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About East High School


815 East 13th Street, Des Moines, IA 50316

P: 515-242-7788 | Fax: 515-242-7958  E:
ATTENDANCE:515-242-7765 | COUNSELING: 515-242-7767 | ATHLETIC:  515-242-7740

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.