School News

Spring Conferences


North High School Spring Conferences will be held on Wednesday, February 28th from 1:30 – 4:30 PM and again on Thursday, March 1st from 4:30 – 7:30 PM, in the gym.  Please plan to attend!

MCJROTC Rifle Team


The North MCJROTC Rifle team participated in the Marine Corps National Championships Saturday and Sunday in Anniston, Alabama. The team ended up being National runner-up during the competition. Over 300 teams started this competition in December and the top 27 moved on to the Nationals. The cadets practiced their tails off to get ready and … Read more »

DMPS & North High Science Fair Results


On Thursday, February 8th, 16 Science Bound students presented their research at the DMPS district science fair at the Science Center of Iowa.  There were 6 students that automatically qualified for the State Science & Technology Fair at Iowa State University on March 22nd. In the category of Consumer Science, sophomore Akpobari Godpower earned 2nd … Read more »

District BOWLING Results


Congratulations to both the boys and girls teams on finishing up their season strong. The boys team finished 3rd at our district The girls teams finished 2nd at our district. Draven Wear finished 3rd  in our district. Samantha Meade finished 2nd in district. Both Draven and Samantha will be waiting the results across the state … Read more »

Academic Decathlon State Competition


Our Academic Decathlon team is on its way to the state competition!  Based on scores at regionals, we are currently ranked 5th in the state!  Our competition has two parts.  On Thursday, February 15th, the students will complete the essay portion.  Then on Friday, March 2, our team will travel to Fort Dodge, Iowa to complete … 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.

Polar Bear Crew Makes Creative Improvements


Polar Bear Crew, a student leadership team at North, has been working on ways to improve North High School. One of their focuses is making the building seem more inviting. On February 1st, a group of leaders began their journey by brightening up the stairway with inspirational words. Stay tuned for more projects and improvements … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Feb 22
Bowling: Girls Varsity vs. TBA (Away)
Feb 22
NHS Band/Orchestra Pops Concert
Mar 3
Hoover Jazz Fest
Mar 5
Barbershop Harmony Festival, Choir
Mar 6
Northside All City Workshop

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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

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About North High School

501 Holcomb Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50313

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School Hours: 7:40 AM to 2:40 PM


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!