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East High Theatre Department Announces Spring Production


The East High Theatre Department is pleased to announce their spring production. This year’s play will be Moises Kaufman’s The Laramie Project.  Written as a theatrical experiment, after the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming, and formed around interviews with people involved with the murder (or simply living in this small town), the … Read more »


Love Rally Repellent to “Hate Group”


When word came that an organization, considered a “hate group” by many, was going to protest at East High, how did students respond? With a Love Rally. It was an effective and positive repellent as the out-of-state protesters failed to show but thousands gathered in support of their school, diversity and each other. Click here … Read more »


Hundreds of Students Gather for “Love Rally”


When a national “hate group” announces it is going to hold a protest at East High, what do DMPS students do? Hold a Love Rally. Hundreds of students from East were joined by their peers from high schools throughout the city over the noon hour in a celebration of their school, our diversity and each … Read more »


Scarlet Bowlers Defeat Huskies


The East varsity boys and girls bowling teams defeated the Hoover Huskies last night. The scarlet varsity girls won by a score of 2254 – 1743.  High roller for East for an individual score was Lauren Cockayne with a  score of 192. High series winner goes to Allison Furman with a score of 338. The JV high individual and … Read more »

Leukemia & Lymphoma

Donate During Iowa Point Challenge: East vs. Roosevelt


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is excited to be offering the 1st Annual Iowa Point Challenge in honor of Coach Mitch Osborn at Harlan Community Schools and all those in our communities living with or surviving a blood cancer.  Des Moines East and Des Moines Roosevelt are proud to take part in this event and … Read more »


Scarlet Girls Basketball Coach to be Honored


Girls basketball coach, Sam Powell, will be recipient of the Make-A-Difference Award at this year’s MLK Jr. Prayer Breakfast. The event will take place at the John R. Grubb Community YMCA and will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Powell led his team to a state championship in 2011 and runners-up in 2010. For more information, visit here.

Upcoming Events

Jan 30
Wrestling: Varsity
Jan 31
Wrestling: JV
Jan 31
Swimming: Boys Varsity (Date Changed to 01-24-15)
Jan 31
Basketball: Boys 10th
Jan 31
Basketball: Girls JV
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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.

2014-2015 Yearbooks
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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.