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Second Issue of the Scroll Released


In this year’s second edition of the Scroll read how East High Drama steals the show with their presentation of Annie. Also included are features on the worthiness of AP classes, the success of wrestling star Josh Davis, flashy fall fashion and much more.


East Students Featured in Register Article


The Register’s food columnist stopped by the Central Campus Café and had nothing but good things to say about Chef John Andres and his team of students who open up the café several times a year to showcase what they’ve learned about cuisine. Read more here.

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Davis Reaches D-l Dream with Northern Illinois


Josh Davis has been training for years with his eyes focused on reaching college wrestling’s top step. The two-time state medalist from East committed Wednesday to continue his wrestling career at Northern Illinois. Read this Scarlet’s story in the Des Moines Register.

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Scarlet Student Featured on KCCI


He’s not your typical mailman making rounds at Mercy Medical Center. Austin Lee’s wheelchair is equipped to handle a heavy load, and he may move faster than most despite his disability. View East High School’s Austin Lee on KCCI.

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Share the Mic Night on December 5th


On Friday, December 5th East High’s Movement 515 crew will be putting on the second Share the Mic of the year! All proceeds from the show will go to Pearls for Girls, a program that works with middle school and high school girls in the community. The show will be at the Euclid Room with … Read more »


DMPS Tests Message Systems on Thursday


The safety, security and well-being of our students and staff is always a top priority. That’s why DMPS will be testing our automated message systems later this week. On November 20th at 2:30 PM a test message will be sent to parents/ guardians in one of five ways: Telephone, Text message, Email, Infinite Campus mobile app, … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Nov 28
Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 28
Basketball: Girls 9th
Nov 28
Basketball: Girls JV
Nov 28
Basketball: Girls Varsity
Dec 1
Bowling: Boys Varsity
815 East 13th Street, Des Moines, IA 50316
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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.