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Are You 17 1/2 Years Old? Become a Voter!


One of the missions of DMPS is to educate students who “understand the rights and obligations of citizenship.” And one of those rights is becoming a voter, a right available to many high school students. To register to vote in Iowa you must (a) be at least 17 1/2 years old, (b) be a U.S. citizen, and (c) be a resident of Iowa. Click the photo to visit the Iowa Secretary of State’s web site to learn more and complete a registration form.

Hawkeye Readiness


Freshman and Sophomore’s The University of Iowa is providing an opportunity that you don’t want to miss, called Hawkeye Readiness. It is an event to help students and families learn more about the college search process and what the student can do in their first years of high school to prepare.   When: April 25th, … Read more »

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STEM AT THE BALL PARK (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) SOPHOMORE’s Interested in Learning the Science Behind Sports (Baseball) Join us for STEM at the Ball Park When: April 26th, 2018 Time: 11:30am-2:00pm Location: Iowa Cubs Ball Park Sign Ups: Ms. Powell’s Office 2065M STEM AT THE BALL PARK Flyer

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East’s Niemeyer: Master Journalism Educator


The days of quills and scrolls are long gone, but at East High School, the Quill and Scroll are in their primes, thanks largely to Natalie Niemeyer. She does it so well that she was recently named a Master Journalism Educator by the Journalism Education Association! Click on the headline to read and see more.

Career and College Planning Night


ICAN & GEAR UP will be hosting a career and college planning night for sophomores/juniors at East high school Wednesday Feb. 7th at 5:30pm. The event will be sponsored by the University of Iowa and Greater Des Moines Partnerships. Please come out and gain more knowledge about college and career readiness. Furthermore, if you have … Read more »

New School Hours Beginning in August


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.

Upcoming Events

Apr 24
Golf: Girls Varsity vs. Des Moines Hoover, Des Moines North, Des Moines Roosevelt (Away)
Apr 24
Golf: Girls JV vs. Des Moines Hoover, Des Moines North, Des Moines Roosevelt (Away)
Apr 24
Golf: Girls Varsity vs. Des Moines Roosevelt, Des Moines North (Away)
Apr 24
Golf: Girls JV vs. WDM Valley (Home)
Apr 24
Golf: Girls Varsity vs. Des Moines North, Des Moines Roosevelt (Home)
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Scarlet Country

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. Our staff strive to empower our community by supporting Every Student, Every Chance, Every Day.