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Register for AP Exams by March 28


Enrollment in college-level Advanced Placement courses has skyrocketed at Des Moines Public Schools as more and more AP classes are being offered at all DMPS high schools than ever before. An important component of AP courses is the AP exam, which can lead to credit at many colleges and universities. The deadline to register for the 2016 AP exams is March 28. Click the photo for more information on the exams and how to register.


Food Bank Partners With East, Lincoln


As part of an on-going effort to provide students with more services at school, the Food Bank of Iowa has partnered with DMPS to create school pantries at East and Lincoln high schools. The new pantries provide a readily accessible source of food assistance for low-income students and their families. Click on the image to visit the Food Bank of Iowa’s web site to read more about this new initiative.


East’s Alvizures Earns Nod to West Point


In many ways, the story of East High’s Lillian Alvizures reflects the American Dream pursued by so many immigrants for so long. Her father and mother arrived in the U.S. years ago, he from Guatemala and she from El Salvador. They settled in Des Moines, raised a family, and became citizens. Today, Lillian is the recipient of a coveted congressional nomination to West Point. Click Lillian’s photo for more about the East senior.


East Students Win Accolades at Tom Frecska Printing Competition


Student winners show promise as they enter the imaging workforce For Immediate Release November 19, 2015 Contact: Renee Simpson, SGIA 703.359.1310 (link sends e-mail)Fairfax, Virginia — Student submissions in the Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition were honored at the 2015 SGIA Expo for displaying advanced printing ability and knowledge of their craft, and proved … Read more »


“Tale as Old as Time” Performed by East


From Belle to Gaston to Chip, the characters of the classic “Beauty and the Beast” come to life this week at East High School. The drama department’s Fall musical will be performed Thursday, November 12 through Saturday, November 14. For details on show times and ticket prices, and a preview of the performance given to East side elementary students today, please click on the image.


Beauty and the Beast Community Outreach


Several cast members from “Beauty and the Beast” performed musical numbers from their upcoming show on  November 12th, 13th and 14th at two daycare centers (Shining Stars and the Science Center).  Afterward the cast read with students some of their favorite books. Just a another way East students are living our motto, ”For the Service of Humanity.”

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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.