School News

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. As of Aug. 1, 26% of North’s incoming seniors do not have the meningitis vaccination. Click on the headline to read more about what is needed, and where students can find assistance meeting this requirement.

Polar Bear Update


Spotlight on a Staff Member Jon Johnson is the new Activities Director at North; he has been hard at work since late June, learning a lot and preparing for the upcoming school year. Jon’s wife, Jess, is a PE teacher at Willard Elementary in DMPS — they have three children.  Jon will never shy away … Read more »

New Principal at North, New Interim H.S. Director for District


North High School is welcoming a new principal. Benjamin Graeber takes over the leadership role for Michael Vukovich, who has accepted an appointment as Interim Director of High Schools. Graeber brings more than a decade of experience as an English and journalism teacher at North and East high schools, and was most recently the School … Read more »



EVERY KID DESERVES A HEALTHY START TO THE SCHOOL YEAR! Des Moines University students will conduct FREE back-to-school physicals under the supervision of licensed clinicians for students in need. FREE dental screenings from Des Moines Health will be available and Polk County Health Department will provide vaccinations for qualifying families. Uninsured and underinsured families are … Read more »

Freshman Orientation


Freshman Orientation will be held on Thursday, August 17th, from 8:00 AM to noon, in the school gymnasium. The purpose of this orientation is to make the transition from middle school to high school a positive one. Upperclassman Polar Bear Crew Members will be serving as leaders and mentors to the incoming freshman. There will … Read more »

Online Registration


Online Registration help is available in the school office on TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS and THURSDAYS from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. All students must register for school. If you are stopping in at the office for assistance please be sure and bring proof of address with you. (Utility bill, signed/dated lease agreement, or car registration, etc…) … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Aug 22
Volleyball: 9th vs. Southeast Polk (Away)
Aug 22
Volleyball: JV vs. Southeast Polk (Away)
Aug 22
Volleyball: Varsity vs. Southeast Polk (Away)
Aug 23
First Day of School
Aug 24
Cross Country: Boys Varsity vs. Gilbert, North Polk, Roland Story, Ogden, Greene County, Bondurant-Farrar, South Hamilton, West Marshall, Colo-Nesco, PCM, Des Moines Hoover, Nevada, Dallas Center-Grimes, Perry Community School, Pleasantville, Saydel Community, Madrid, Earlham, Van Meter Junior-Senior, Kuemper Catholic, Boone, Newton, Ankeny Christian Academy, Eagle Grove (Away)

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Polar Bear Nation


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

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!