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Principal Morris and journalism students.

Principal Morris Wins Iowa Journalism Award


The journalism awards keep piling up at East, and the newest member of this winning club is Principal Leslie Morris! The Quill and Scroll team nominated her for Iowa High School Press Association Administrator of the Year for her support of journalism education at East. The IHSPA recognized a standout, and on Oct. 26, Principal Morris accepted the award in Iowa City. Click on the headline to read more about why students nominated her.

An East student works in the school garden.

Rebuilding Together Improves East Grounds


During Rebuilding Together Greater Des Moines Day, an army of volunteers with shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows, was all over the campus and a nearby park making improvements that are sure to last. The troops were a coalition of Meredith Corporation employees, DMPS students and staff from the title organization. Click on the headline to read more.

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East High School pep rally

Catching Scarlet Fever at East High Pep Rally


Are you ready? Yes, we’re ready! The East High Scarlets held a pep rally in advance of their homecoming game against the Johnston Dragons. Click on the headline to see photos of this fun, annual event!

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

Nov 25
Basketball: Girls Varsity vs. WDM Valley (Away)
Nov 25
Basketball: Girls Varsity vs. WDM Valley (Away)
Nov 25
Basketball: Girls JV vs. Valley (Away)
Nov 28
Bowling: Boys Varsity vs. Fort Dodge (Home)
Nov 28
Bowling: Boys JV vs. Fort Dodge (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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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.