School News


It’s Showtime on Stage at East


The East High Performing Arts Department presents Annie November 13, 14 & 15. Show times begin at 7 pm in the East Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Half of all proceeds from the performance on Friday the 14th will be donated to the Viva East Bank Children’s Holiday Winter Weather … Read more »

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Read, Read All About It East Scroll Published


Read the first 2014-2015 publication of the East High Scroll. This issue includes a feature on homecoming festivities, welcomes a few of the new faces in our hallways, voices an opinion on the Scarlet mascot and much, much more. Click here to see what’s going on at the largest high school in the state of … Read more »


Meet Ruth Phaviset: Preparing for her Future


The daughter of Laotian refugees, Ruth Phaviset has met life’s challenges head on as she prepares for her future and a career in health care. The East High senior, who also takes courses at Central Campus and Central Academy, was recently named a National Youth Council on Leadership nominee. Click the photo to meet Ruth and learn more about her story.

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Vote Douglass Athlete Of The Week


The KCCI Student Athlete of the Week highlights student athletes around Iowa who have excelled on and off the field. This week Sabrina Douglas was nominated and is one of three athletes viewers can vote on until the end of the day tomorrow. Please support Sabrina by voting for her here.


Superhero/Disney Day for East Students


To celebrate homecoming week at East High School, students dressed up as superheroes and Disney characters on September 29th. East students will dress as senior citizens on Tuesday. Wednesday is wear pink day, and Thursday is twins day. Friday will finish the week with spirit day. View photos from Monday’s event here.


What’s for Lunch? Ask the DMPS Mobile App


You can now find out what’s for breakfast and lunch at every school on every day of the year. You can even find out nutritional information. Just visit the Dining section on the new DMPS Mobile App. If you don’t yet have the app, click the header to download it for Apple or Android and learn more about its many features.

Upcoming Events

Oct 20
Football: 8th
Oct 20
Football: 8th
Oct 21
Volleyball: 10th
Oct 21
Volleyball: 9th
Oct 21
Volleyball: JV
815 East 13th Street, Des Moines, IA 50316
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Scarlet Country

Scarlet Block
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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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.