School News

Ewert, Turner: National Merit Semi-Finalists


East seniors Gabriel Ewert and David Dezell Turner are among nine DMPS students named as 2018 National Merit Semi-Finalists, one of the top academic honors for high school students. Click the headline to read more about the recognition two Scarlets earned in the classroom.

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Bell Times 2017-18


Please click here for the new block schedules.

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Hope you had a safe and enjoyable summer break! We, at East High are looking forward to the 2017-18 school year with you!   Be sure to register online at   Please provide proof of address when registering online or in person in our main office. Regular hours are 7:40am – 2:40pm, Mon, Tues., Thurs., and … Read more »

A student paints a peace pole.

Peace Pole Project for East Art Students


Students in Joleen Weller’s art class at East High School are creating “peace poles” to be displayed in the community. For the last unit of the year in her introductory art classes her students are hard at work painting the “peace poles” they hope to see planted around the city. The Peace Pole Project is a global movement that’s coalesced around this mantra: “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” Click on the headline to read and see more.

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Important Info for Incoming Seniors


Before our incoming seniors can begin school in the fall, they must meet a new mandatory state vaccination requirement. Students without proof of vaccination or an exemption will not be allowed to attend classes. As of Aug. 1, 6% of incoming East seniors do not have the meningitis vaccination. Click here to read more about what is needed, and where students can find assistance meeting this requirement.

Driver’s Ed


      Driver’s Ed is offered through StreetSmarts. Some students may qualify for fee financial assistance. Please call Mrs. Hill, 515-242-7765, to see if you may qualify for assistance, prior to registering for a class. 515-242-7765, in the Attendance office to see if you qualify for financial assistance for the fees, before registering.  CLICK … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Sep 21
Cross Country: Boys Varsity vs. Indianola (Away)
Sep 21
Cross Country: Boys JV vs. Indianola (Away)
Sep 21
Cross Country: Girls Varsity vs. Indianola (Away)
Sep 21
Volleyball: 10th (Date Changed from 09-14-17) vs. Fort Dodge (Away)
Sep 21
Volleyball: 9th (Date Changed from 09-14-17) vs. Fort Dodge (Away)
815 East 13th Street, Des Moines, IA 50316
P: 515-242-7788 | F: 515-242-7958

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Be East

At East High School we have adopted the PBIS (Positive Behaviors Interventions and Supports) program. This program, which we at East call Be EAST, is aimed at providing positive behavioral supports for our students. The Be EAST program teaches our students to be Engaged, Accountable, Safe and Thoughtful.

Scarlet Pride

Scarlet Pride, Inc. is the booster organization for East High School. We are a group of engaged parents that provide many opportunities for our East High students through fundraising and volunteer time.Our merchandise store is just one way that we generate funds to give back to East High.Please take a few moments to check out all of the great East High School merchandise, everything is shipped directly to your home. Click on Scarlet Pride.

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About East High School

815 East 13th Street, Des Moines, IA 50316

P: 515-242-7788 | Fax: 515-242-7958  E:
ATTENDANCE:515-242-7765 | COUNSELING: 515-242-7767 | ATHLETICS:  515-242-7740
SCHOOL HOURS: 7:40 AM to 2:40 PM


East was founded in 1861, with the major structure constructed in 1911. East’s motto “For the Service of Humanity” embraces our 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.