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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 Students 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.


‘My Name Is Jamaal … I’m White’


National Public Radio featured East High teacher Jamaal Allen as part of their Race Card Project, a series of conversations in which thousands of people have submitted their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six just words. Mr. Allen talks about why he was named Jamaal, and some of the assumptions people have made over … Read more »

Upcoming Events

May 26
Soccer: Girls 9th
May 26
Soccer: Girls Varsity (Rescheduled from 05-14-15)
May 26
Soccer: Girls JV (Rescheduled from 05-14-15)
May 27
Baseball: 9th
May 27
Baseball: 9th
815 East 13th Street, Des Moines, IA 50316
P: 515-242-7788 | F: 515-242-7958

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.

21st Annual EHS Golf Classic
The 21st Annual East High Golf Classic will be held at Copper Creek in Pleasant Hill again this year. This event will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 15th & 16th. More information can be found here.

Calendar of Events


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.