School News


East High School: The Class of 2015


Between May 20-24, Des Moines Public Schools celebrated the Class of 2015 at eight commencement ceremonies, proud to present diplomas to students from all of our high schools. DMPS is pleased to share photographs – 513 photos, to be exact – from all eight of our graduation events, including East High School. Click the photo to see more from some of the most special events of the school year.

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Scroll Senior Edition: Let the Journey Begin


Click here to read the 2015 Scroll senior edition. Included inside are senior regrets, tips to help you succeed in college, final words of advice from teachers, scroll senior farewells and much more.


East Athletes Qualify for State Track


Congratulations to those students representing East who have qualified for the 2015 Iowa High School Track & Field Championship. East will be represented in 9 different events. The State Track & Field Championship is held Thursday, May 21 through Saturday, May 23 at Drake Stadium. Click here for a list of State meet qualifiers from East.


Photographer of the Year: Brian Chang


When it comes to his work behind the camera, East High School’s Brian Chang is not only good … this year he is officially the best. The high school senior has been named the 2015 Hawkeye Photographer of the Year by the Iowa High School Press Association. Photos such as “Nights Like These” (pictured at left) were part of his award-winning portfolio. Click the photo to read and see more about the award and Brian’s photography.

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Teachers Share Advanced Placement Experiences


East High School staff has been working hard to provide and expand rigorous Advanced Placement courses to our students. Watch here as Des Moines Public Schools teachers speak of their experiences with the Advanced Placement Program.


East Makes Huge Gains on Iowa AP Index


For the third year in a row, all five DMPS high schools are listed among the state’s top 50 high schools on the Iowa Advanced Placement Index. And according to the list prepared by the University of Iowa, East, now ranked 21st, made the biggest gain of any school in Iowa! Click the headline to read the full story.

Upcoming Events

Sep 5
Volleyball: 9th
Sep 7
Labor Day – No school
Sep 8
Cross Country: Boys Varsity
Sep 8
Cross Country: Boys JV
Sep 8
Cross Country: Girls Varsity
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Scarlet Country

News Archive
Looking for an old East High news article? Look no further. Browse hundreds of articles that have been posted on the Scarlet website over the last several years.

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)

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.