School News

Natalie Niemeyer talks to a student.

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.

Christopher Jimenez (junior) and Jordan Lashley ('17)

East Graphics Program Honored for 4th Year


Congratulations to East students Christopher Jimenez (junior) and Jordan Lashley (’17) on their Specialty Graphic Imaging Association Awards of Excellence, and to Kayha Sitthixay (junior – not pictured) for her Certificate of Merit. Instructor Richard Bright says this is the fourth year the East graphics program has been honored by the garment decorating and printing organization.

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.

Upcoming Events

Mar 20
School Board Meeting
Mar 26
Track: Girls Varsity vs. Earlham (Away)
Mar 26
Track: Girls Varsity vs. Earlham, Adel DeSoto Minburn, Iowa Christian Academy, Panorama, Saydel Community, Van Meter, West Central Valley (Away)
Mar 29
Tennis: Boys Varsity vs. Newton (Home)
Mar 29
Tennis: Girls Varsity vs. Newton (Away)
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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

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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.