School News


Soccer Teams in Action: East vs. Roosevelt


East played Roosevelt in boys and girls soccer at the James W. Cownie Soccer Park on April 14th. The Lady Scarlets earned a 4-3 victory, and the boys Roughriders won in overtime 3-2. Check out photos posted from Tuesday.


East High Presents “The Laramie Project”


The East Theatre Department presents “The Laramie Project.” The play is based on interviews with residents of Laramie, WY following the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, and perceptions people had of LGBT people. Performances are April 17 & 18 at 7:30 PM and April 19 at 2:30 PM. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students.

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21st Annual East High Golf Classic


The East High Golf Classic will be held at Copper Creek Golf Club in Pleasant Hill again this year.  For most of you, this tournament will look and feel the same as in the past. A new successful feature we tried the previous four years is a Friday afternoon flight. In addition to the great … Read more »


Finney: Who wouldn’t want to know East kids?


Check out an article from today’s Des Moines Register. Dave Finney, ’93 East High graduate, discusses his visit to Ms. Niemeyer’s journalism classroom this past week. Finney highlights a few conversations he had with students and reminisces his days at East.

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Issue Five of the East High Scroll Published


In the latest issue of the East High Scroll, meet Mr. East High, hear the lowdown on lunch at East, get informed on testing season, learn a little bit about getting inked, and much more.


East’s Gay-Straight Alliance is Honored


Congratulations to the Gay-Straight Alliance at East High School on being named the GSA of the Year today at the Iowa Conference on LGBTQ Youth. One of many reasons they were honored included how they organized students to respond when a hate group announced a picket at their school, using it as an opportunity to … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Apr 18
Soccer: Boys Varsity
Apr 18
Tennis: Girls Varsity
Apr 18
Soccer: Girls Varsity
Apr 18
School Play
Apr 19
School Play
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About East High School


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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.