Educational activities play a major role in the growth and development of students at East High School. East High strives to provide students with a yearlong variety of activities, offering enrichment to the everyday course offerings. A few of these educational activities include debate (Jennifer Medina), IHSSA (Virginia Johnson), publications (Natalie Niemeyer), science bound (Amy Jacobson and Melissa McGrannahan) and Spanish club (Linnea Morris). Students participating in educational activities at East High are taking steps in becoming lifelong learners.


The East High Speech and Debate Team competes on the Iowa and National Circuit from September through March. Students practice Tuesdays and Thursdays in room 1069M. Students may compete all season or personalize a season (by working toward competing at selected tournaments).

French Club
French Club is open to all East students enrolled in a French class. Students may come to any meetings that fit within their schedule. Students help decide on activities that will help us explore the French culture & language in fun & exciting ways.

IHSSA is a competitive speech and drama group here at East. Students work on large group events and individual events to take to competition. If students earn a division I rating at Districts, they move on to State. After State, students can be nominated for All-State, which is a real honor. East High IHSSA begins in November and goes through March.

Publication classes at East High School consist of journalism, yearbook, and newspaper. Publication students are responsible for covering East High School events and publishing the Scroll newspapers and yearbook. Publication classes require students to not only interact with each other but with other East High students and staff. Among the many skills learned while taking a publications class, students quickly learn how to prioritize their work to meet deadlines.

Science Bound
The goal of Des Moines Science Bound program is to help meet our state and national need for a technical workforce by increasing the number of ethnically diverse Iowa students who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Science Bound and Des Moines Public Schools partnership began with a pilot program that became the foundation for a three-year National Science Foundation grant. Each year, approximately 200 students in ten middle, one K-8, and five high schools participate in the Des Moines program.

Spanish Club
Spanish club welcomes East High students and staff interested in the Spanish culture. Spanish club is more than just the Spanish language. It’s an opportunity for students to share and learn about history, food, art and much more. Students involved in Spanish club are involved in many exciting activities and events outside of school around the Des Moines area.