School News


Students Too Young to Remember 9-11


Social studies teacher Lynn Hoff was recently featured on WHO news channel 13. Hoff spent 9/11  teaching students about the terrorist attacks. Each year it’s getting more difficult to teach students about the significance of that day. Since many high school students don’t remember 9-11, Hoff made the historic events the focus of Thursday’s lessons. … Read more »

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East Wins Great American Rivalry


The Scarlets met North High Friday night for the 112th game in school history. It is the longest rivalry in the state and was highlighted by the Great American Rivalry Series. Jaron Turner was named player of the game, as the Scarlets pounded the Polar Bears 51-18. View all the excitement from the event here.

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East High Poses on the 50-Yard Line


What does Iowa’s largest high school look like gathered in one place? See for yourself: the East High School student body got together today in Williams Stadium to find out.


Fall Musical Auditions to be held


East High School’s Performing Arts Department will be holding auditions for the fall musical, ANNIE, tomorrow (Thursday  9/4).  Auditions are open to all East High Students – we need singers, dancer, actors, and crew members to work behind the scenes.  If you have not already picked up an audition packet, get one from Mr. Allan … Read more »

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Opening Night Action for the Scarlets


DMPS photographer caught some of the opening night action on the gridiron between the East Scarlets and Roosevelt Roughriders. Come support your Scarlets this Friday night at Williams Stadium as they take on the North Polar Bears. Friday’s game with be faculty night and Hawaiian dress for students.


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.

Upcoming Events

Sep 16
Golf: Boys Varsity
Sep 16
Cross Country: Girls 8th
Sep 16
Cross Country: Boys Varsity
Sep 16
Cross Country: Boys JV
Sep 16
Cross Country: Girls Varsity
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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.

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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.