School News


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.

Upward Bound 2

McGregor and Philavanh Awarded Upward Bound Spirit Award


The Spirit Award is the most prestigious honor given each year during the Upward Bound summer program held at Central College. Two Upward Bound students are awarded who consistently exhibit positive character, leadership both inside and outside the classroom, active participation and commitment to Upward Bound, and strong academic performance. Their names are engraved on … Read more »


Reminder: Explore, Plan & ACT Test Dates


The Explore, Plan, and ACT tests measure high school students’ skills and understanding in English, math, reading, and science, and help monitor progress toward career and college readiness. Be sure to mark your calendar for October 22, 2014 for the Explore and Plan test (9th and 10th grade) and April 28, 2015 for the ACT test (11th grade). Click the header for more information.


A Night In Greece Homecoming 2014


The 2014 Scarlet homecoming dance will take place Saturday, October 4th at East High School.The dance will be from 7:30-10:30 p.m. and cost $15 per person. Students must have an I.D. present to enter the dance. Purchase your ticket by next Friday Tickets are on sale in the cafeteria during all lunches beginning on Wednesday … Read more »


Two Scarlets Named National AP Scholars


A record number of 230 DMPS students earned Advanced Placement Scholar honors from the College Board in 2014, including 2 East 2014 grads – Breanna Elscott and Margaret Long – earning the prestigious National AP Scholar award. Click the headline to read more about these top scholars.

Upcoming Events

Oct 1
Golf: Boys Varsity
Oct 2
Volleyball: JV
Oct 2
Swimming: Girls Varsity (Date Changed from 09-09-14)
Oct 2
Swimming: Girls JV (Date Changed from 09-09-14)
Oct 2
Football: 10th
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


815 East 13th Street, Des Moines, IA 50316

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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.