School News


14 Students Earn National Merit Honors


East’s Payton McBurney is among 14 district high school seniors chosen as Semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship competition, placing them among the top young scholars in the state and nation. The DMPS students were selected based on their strong performance on the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) test taken last year. Click the image for more about this year’s honorees.


Big E fundraiser


Dine and help others shine at the Big E fundraiser Des Moines, IA, September 21, 2015 – Join other East High alumni and supporters for the first “Big E” fundraiser at Chuck’s Restaurant, 3610 Sixth Ave., Des Moines, IA 50313, on Monday, Oct. 19. Think of the Big E as “East, Eat and Education.” Proceeds … Read more »


Homecoming Week



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Gallup Poll


Our district has partnered with Gallup to measure employee and student perceptions and use the data to make further progress towards our district mission. Our first step in this work is to administer the Gallup Student Poll. By participating in this no  cost survey, we will measure engagement, hope, entrepreneurial aspiration, and career/financial literacy and use the … Read more »


Alumni Tailgate


East High Alumni Tailgate will be held Friday, October 9th. 4:30-6:30 at the West End of the stadium parking lot (near the parking lot).  Admission is $5. Donation are Welcome. ALL proceeds will be going to East High. Please RSVP by October 5th.


Spring Break Trip to Washington, DC


Plans are in the works for a trip to Washington, DC as well as historic Philadelphia during the 2016 spring break for DMPS 8th grade and high school students. For interested parents and students, please click the photo to learn more about this fun and educational opportunity including information on costs, application forms, schedules and more.

Upcoming Events

Oct 10
Swimming: Girls Varsity
Oct 12
Football: JV
Oct 13
Volleyball: 10th
Oct 13
Volleyball: 9th
Oct 13
Swimming: Girls Varsity
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Scores on the RiseNew
School districts in the State of Iowa are required to provide 11th grade Iowa Assessment data for Annual Progress Report (APR) purposes. See our progress over the last several years. 

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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.