School News

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Important Info for Incoming Seniors


Before our incoming seniors can begin school in the fall, they must meet a new mandatory state vaccination requirement. Students without proof of vaccination or an exemption will not be allowed to attend classes. Currently, 26% of North incoming seniors do not have this vaccination. Click on the headline to read more about what is needed, and where students can find assistance meeting this requirement.


Summer School


If a senior student has a class or two to finish or if an underclassmen needs to recover some credits to get back on track to graduate, then Summer School might be a great option for them. There will be two sessions this summer. Session #1 runs June 5th through June 29th from 8:00 AM … Read more »

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Memorial Day


This is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 29th this year) honoring men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Thank you to our veterans … Read more »




End-Of-Year Celebration on Friday, May 26th: Following Class Day we will have an end-of-the-year CELEBRATION! Hy-Vee will be catering a big grill out of hamburgers & hot dogs for all our students and staff beginning at 11:30 AM. After lunch the afternoon will be filled with Student/Faculty competition games, board games, movie and FUN!

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North is one of the top High Schools on Iowa Advanced Placement Index


For the fifth year in a row, North high School was listed among the state’s top 50 high schools on the Iowa Advanced Placement Index. The Iowa AP Index, compiled and released by the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education at the University of Iowa, ranks how well Iowa high schools provide students with the opportunity … Read more »

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Finals Schedule for 9th,10th,11th grades


Finals begin on Wednesday, May 24th. Last day of school is May 31st.

Upcoming Events

North High School is a

Becoming the Model for Urban Education

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IMPROVING SCHOOL HOURS AT DMPS. For more information click HERE!


New website for NHS Football

High School Course Catalog

Student Handbook 2016-17

Schedule changes go through the Counseling Office.
Ms. Julie Charikov- Students with the last name beginning with A-E
Mr. Trent Griggs- Students with the last name beginning with F-K
Ms. Laura Negrete-Reinders- Students with the last name beginning with L-Q
Ms. Loretta Martzahl- Students with the last name beginning with R-Z

Remember to check the Infinite Campus Parent Portal for grades and assignment updates. Unable to access the parent portal? Call 242-7200. How to log into the Parent Portal

Click here for Transcript requests

ID Badge Policy:
This is a reminder that students must wear their ID badges on their lanyards around their neck. This is for safety reasons and we need everyone to please follow this here to view ID policy

Here is the link for submitting your volunteer hours towards silver cord. Silver Cord Link

2017 NHS Graduation is on May 28th at 7:30pm at the Knapp Center on the Drake Campus
The May 2017 graduation ceremony can be watched HERE

Calendar of Events


About North High School


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North High School is raising the academic bar for all students with new, innovative teaching methods, and is the largest one-to-one laptop school in Iowa. Read More…

Welcome to North High School. We are committed to making all students develop a strong character within a culture of excellence. Go Polar Bears!