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Jean Schwendau’s AP Biology class at North High School files in at 9:00 AM on a Friday morning. She is a veteran teacher in her 30th year, the last 13 of them at North. She grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. A different place at a different time. The faces of her students reflect the wide-ranging demographics … Read more »


Large Group Theater going to State


State Large Group contest is upon us for the theater arts program here at NHS.  The students did an amazing job at Districts and we are sending 10 groups to State!  That number of groups has only been bested twice in my 12 years here at NHS! Attached below is a  schedule of events for … Read more »

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NHS Academic Decathlon-headed to State


NHS Academic Decathlon – As a team, we placed 3rd at the Central Iowa Regional Competition!  Our overall score has placed us in the top 12 large schools in the state.  We are qualified to go to the state competition in Spirit Lake on March 4-5. -We placed significantly higher than any other DMPS high … Read more »


North High Robotics – STATE BOUND!!


On Saturday the North High Robotics Team, the Polar Technics participated in the John Deere League Championship tournament in Johnston, Iowa.  They competed against 28 other teams from central Iowa, and went into the contest seeded sixth after a very successful league tournament season. After 37 matches during the competition (the team participated in 5 … Read more »

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Polar Bear Gala in April 2016


North High School Booster Club, is planning their first annual Polar Bear Gala. They are currently in the planning stages of the Gala to help benefit our athletes, artists, musicians, performers, and more. On April 2nd, 2016, they are hosting a fun evening consisting of a showcase of our students’ talents, a social hour, dinner, … Read more »


Register for AP Exams by March 28


Enrollment in college-level Advanced Placement courses has skyrocketed at Des Moines Public Schools as more and more AP classes are being offered at all DMPS high schools than ever before. An important component of AP courses is the AP exam, which can lead to credit at many colleges and universities. The deadline to register for the 2016 AP exams is March 28. Click the photo for more information on the exams and how to register.

Upcoming Events

Feb 16
February Thaw at North
Feb 20
Band - Perry Band Olympics at Perry High School
Feb 26
Orchestra - Chamber Concert in Woodchuck Theater
Feb 26
Lunch Box Theater - Student Center
Feb 27
IHSSA District Individual Contest - TBA
North takes part in the School Improvement Grant program, administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

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