School News


Winter Instrumental Concert


The music department would like to  invite you to the instrumental winter concert, which will take place next Friday, December 4th, at 7:00pm in the auditorium.  It will feature the percussion ensemble, jazz band, concert band, orchestra, and symphony orchestra (the band and orchestra put together).  Although that is a lot of groups, we keep … Read more »


Register Publisher, North Alum Talks Journalism with Oracle


When he was a boy growing up on the Northside David Chivers used to deliver newspapers by tossing them onto his customers’ front porches in the dark. Now he delivers them digitally all over town and beyond as the president and publisher of the Des Moines Register. Chivers is a Polar Bear, Class of 1994, … Read more »


Thanksgiving break


Students only attend two school days this week.  Monday ,November 23rd and Tuesday, November 24th. School resumes on Monday, November 30th.  Happy Thanksgiving.


Yearbooks and Senior Pictures


Senior Pictures are due to Ms. Gertsen by December 14, 2015, you can email her at with questions. All yearbook orders are due by January 22 ($40 cash or check)

winter sports

Annual Winter Kick-Off


Winter Kick-Off: Has been Postponed at this time due to inclement Weather.


North Pays Tribute to Vets, Service Members


It’s been quite a year on the stage at North High School. In September the President of the United States dropped in and last weekend four performances of Peter Pan wowed audiences. Those events were fun, exciting, and in some ways even giddy. Thursday morning was different as North’s ROTC members led the school in a solemn tribute to the nation’s veterans and service members. Click on the headline to read and see more.

Upcoming Events

Nov 27
Lunch Box Theater - Student Center
Dec 4
Band - Drake Honor Band at Drake University
Dec 5
Band & Orchestra Winter Concert - NHS Auditorium
Dec 5
Band - Drake Honor Band at Drake University
Dec 11
Vocal Music - Winter Concert in NHS Auditorium
North takes part in the School Improvement Grant program, administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

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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!