School News

Ruth Ann Gains speaks from a podium.

Students Learning History While Tackling Misperceptions


U.S. History teachers and students at East High School carved an intriguing niche into the course curriculum this year. They’re going to examine their school’s own long story within the broader context of America’s. In particular, students will consider how to change what they consider to be a widespread misperception of East High. Click on the headline to learn how they plan to meet this challenge.

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Weekly Community Newsletter


Find the most recent East community newsletter here!

Picture Make-Up Day


Picture make-up day is on Friday, October 19.

18-19 Senior Calendar


The 18-19 Senior Calendar is (finally) here!

Students exit bus.

New School Hours Begin This Fall


Beginning in August, all schools at DMPS will have new hours. The new hours at our school will be 8:25 AM to 3:25 PM. The change is being made to better serve the educational needs of students, based on research into the sleep patterns of children and teenagers. Click the headline for more information.

LaShone Mosley scans ID on a DART bus.

Student IDs, DART Access to Change


The way students access DART buses is changing beginning in school year 2018-19. When students receive their school IDs this Fall, the badge will have a QR code embedded on it. The QR code will serve as the student’s “ticket” to ride DART. Students will be required to scan the QR code when boarding DART buses. Click on the headline to read more about the change, and the district’s partnership with DART.

Upcoming Events

Oct 25
Staff Development – No School
Nov 6
School Board Meeting
Nov 20
Bowling: Boys Varsity vs. Marshalltown (Home)
Nov 20
Bowling: Boys JV vs. Marshalltown (Home)
Nov 20
Bowling: Girls Varsity vs. Marshalltown (Home)
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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
NEW SCHOOL HOURS: 8:25 AM to 3:25 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.

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