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Scarlets in Football Playoffs


After a week of controversy, East High School cruised into the playoffs beating Sioux City North, 62-35. The Scarlets will play Valley High School on Wednesday in West Des Moines. Support your team by packing the stadium on Wednesday. Good luck to the Scarlets!


“For the Last Week, We Have All Been East High Scarlets”


The cheerleaders on hand may have represented all five DMPS high schools but the evening was about one thing: East High seniors. Click the photo to read and seem more about a very special Senior Night event as Des Moines came together to celebrate our students, schools and community.


Support East Tonight at Williams Stadium


Reminder: East High School seniors will finally get their Senior Night at tonight’s sophomore football game. Don’t let a bad decision by the IHSAA diminish their spotlight. Join us as we recognize our senior football players and cheerleaders at Williams Stadium tonight at 5:30. Go, Scarlets!

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Student Government Hosts Dodgeball Tournament


“If you’re going to become true dodgeballers, then you’ve got to learn the five d’s of dodgeball: dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge.” The East High School Student Government will be hosting a dodgeball tournament on Saturday, November 15th from 9am to 1pm.  If you are interested in creating a team, please sign up in … Read more »


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 »


East Forfeit Changed to “No Contest” by IHSAA


The Iowa High School Athletic Association has informed Des Moines Public Schools that the forfeit forced upon the East Scarlets football team in their game last Friday against Ames High School is now a “no contest.” The game will not be considered a “win” for Ames or a “loss” for East on their records. Click … Read more »

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School Play
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School Play
Nov 22
Basketball: Girls Varsity
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Basketball: Boys Varsity
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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.