School News


Eagle Scout Restores East’s Records, Pride


Records are meant to be broken. But at East High’s natatorium, that was literally the case as the wall of swimming records was falling apart. So as Matt Buchacker was working to become an Eagle Scout, he took on the project of restoring the Scarlet’s records in the pool. Click the photo to read more about Matt’s good work as a student and a Scout.


Trip to Washington DC – Spring Break 2015


The DMPS Social Studies Department is organizing a trip to the nation’s capital for DMPS high school students enrolled in US History/AP US History or US Government/AP US Government.

East Football

Practice Makes Perfect: East Kicks Off 8/29


The East Scarlets and Hoover Huskies met up for a practice scrimmage Saturday morning at Williams Stadium. See some photos on the DMPS Flickr page. The East football season kicks off on Friday, August 29 against Roosevelt. Visit the East Athletics page for a schedule of all Scarlet sporting events.


East High Now Fits in the Palm of Your Hand


The new DMPS mobile app is designed to provide up-to-date and helpful information about the school district and all schools right in the palm of your hand. Now you can connect with East and every school in Des Moines from anywhere and everywhere. Click the photo to learn more about the app and download to your Apple or Android smartphone.


East 4-Hers Win State Fair Cooking Contest


Congrats to East students Dehkontee Dassin, Laura Garcia, and Alexus Smith on winning the “Cook This” contest at the Iowa State Fair. The team had 40 minutes to prepare a dish, along with a written test, an evaluation of their techniques, and an interview. Each East 4-Her received a gift basket from Fareway and a … Read more »


9th Grade Orientation


East High School will be hosting 9th grade orientation for all incoming 9th grade students and parents on Monday, August 18th at 7:00pm in the East High School main gym.  Students and parents will meet Mr. Steve Johns, East Principal, take a tour of the building and meet 9th grade teachers.

Upcoming Events

Sep 2
Cross Country: Boys Varsity (Cancelled)
Sep 2
Cross Country: Boys JV
Sep 2
Cross Country: Girls Varsity (Cancelled)
Sep 2
Cross Country: Girls JV
Sep 2
Swimming: Girls Varsity
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.

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.