School News


Hundreds of Students Gather for “Love Rally”


When a national “hate group” announces it is going to hold a protest at East High, what do DMPS students do? Hold a Love Rally. Hundreds of students from East were joined by their peers from high schools throughout the city over the noon hour in a celebration of their school, our diversity and each … Read more »


Scarlet Bowlers Defeat Huskies


The East varsity boys and girls bowling teams defeated the Hoover Huskies last night. The scarlet varsity girls won by a score of 2254 – 1743.  High roller for East for an individual score was Lauren Cockayne with a  score of 192. High series winner goes to Allison Furman with a score of 338. The JV high individual and … Read more »

Leukemia & Lymphoma

Donate During Iowa Point Challenge: East vs. Roosevelt


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is excited to be offering the 1st Annual Iowa Point Challenge in honor of Coach Mitch Osborn at Harlan Community Schools and all those in our communities living with or surviving a blood cancer.  Des Moines East and Des Moines Roosevelt are proud to take part in this event and … Read more »


Scarlet Girls Basketball Coach to be Honored


Girls basketball coach, Sam Powell, will be recipient of the Make-A-Difference Award at this year’s MLK Jr. Prayer Breakfast. The event will take place at the John R. Grubb Community YMCA and will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Powell led his team to a state championship in 2011 and runners-up in 2010. For more information, visit here.

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New East High Scroll Published


In this year’s third edition of the Scroll, read how East High students and staff weigh in on topics surrounding Ferguson, Missouri. Also included are features on the new athletic trainer, Scarlet Ambassadors, Movement 515 and more. Don’t forget to also check out the Dear Echo advice column.


East Debaters Make Cases, Take Honors at State


The 2015 Iowa High School Speech Association State Debate Tournament took place at DMACC last weekend. Overall, with 31 schools from across the state attending, East placed 18th. East’s Timothy Kirchoff placed 6th in Student Congress. Arlette Urbibe was recognized as Senator of Excellence. Click here for more.

Upcoming Events

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Bowling: Boys Varsity
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Bowling: Boys JV
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Bowling: Girls Varsity
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Bowling: Girls JV
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Bowling: Boys Varsity
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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.

2014-2015 Yearbooks
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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.