School News

East Tops Lincoln 76-30 in Women’s Basketball


It was a cross-town basketball matchup as East hosted Lincoln on Friday, December 7. In the women’s varsity game, the Scarlets controlled the pace from the opening tip, topping the Rails with a final score of 76-30. Click the headline to see photos from the game.

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Students rehearse the musical, "RENT".

East High Theater Presents RENT


Loosely based on the opera La Bohème, Rent tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City’s East Village. Students will present four performances in the auditorium: Thursday, Nov. 29 and Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:00 PM as well as Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2:30 PM and 7:00 PM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Click on the headline to see more photos.

Students stand in front of Japanese castle.

Application Period Open For Trip to KOFU, Japan


The student application process for the June 2019 Kofu, Japan Exchange is underway. This student exchange is entering its 36th year and proves to be one of the most rewarding educational opportunities offered to the students of Des Moines Public Schools. Click on the headline to see a student produced video and read more about the trip.

Upcoming Events

Dec 11
Bowling: Boys Varsity vs. Des Moines Lincoln (Home)
Dec 11
Bowling: Boys JV vs. Des Moines Lincoln (Home)
Dec 11
Bowling: Girls Varsity vs. Des Moines Lincoln (Home)
Dec 11
Bowling: Girls JV vs. Des Moines Lincoln (Home)
Dec 11
Basketball: Boys 10th vs. Johnston (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

Main Office: 515-242-7788 |

Attendance: 515-242-7765 | Fax: 515-242-7958

Counseling: 515-242-7767 | Activities: 515-242-7740


East was founded in 1861, and has served our Eastside community for over 150 years. East’s motto “For the Service of Humanity” embraces our focus on developing life long learners who will be productive members of society.

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