School News

Booster Club needs YOU!!!


The North High School Polar Bear Booster Club needs YOU!!!  During all of our home games the Booster Club tries to maintain and run a concession stand.  It is visited often during events by fans, students, families and visitors.  These funds go to help the athletic department but, we need more help, we need YOU!  … Read more »

Meningitis Vaccination Required for 16 Year-Olds


Iowa law requires that all students entering 12th grade be vaccinated for meningitis, a serious life-threatening brain infection. If this requirement is not completed, your student will not be permitted to attend school in August 2019. We are asking that all students complete this requirement by the END OF MARCH to beat the rush and … Read more »

Winter Break


Winter break will be from December 24th through January 4th.  Offices will be closed December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st.  School will resume on Monday, January 7, 2019.  Have a safe and happy holiday break!

Winter Break Office Hours


School and offices will be closed on December 24th and 25th.  During the rest of that week (December 26th – 28th) the office may or may not be open.  Please be sure to call before stopping in. School and offices will also be closed on December 31st and January 1st.  The offices will be open … Read more »

Students stand in front of Japanese castle.

Application Period Open For Trip to KOFU, Japan


The student application process for the June 2019 Kofu, Japan Exchange is underway. This student exchange is entering its 36th year and proves to be one of the most rewarding educational opportunities offered to the students of Des Moines Public Schools. Click on the headline to see a student produced video and read more about the trip.

Hamilton: Not Throwing Away My Shot – The Oracle


I sat center-stage at the Orpheum in Minneapolis with my guitar and a microphone, performing for roughly 2600 people from across the mid-west. Not only was the Orpheum packed full of students excited to see the Tony-Award-winning musical “Hamilton”, but the audience also had a few special guests: cast members from the musical itself.  Read … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Dec 18
Bowling: Boys Varsity vs. Des Moines East (Home)
Dec 18
Bowling: Boys JV vs. Des Moines East (Home)
Dec 18
Bowling: Girls Varsity vs. Des Moines East (Home)
Dec 18
Bowling: Girls JV vs. Des Moines East (Home)
Dec 18
Basketball: Boys 10th vs. Des Moines East (Home)

North High School is a

Becoming the Model for Urban Education

Polar Bear Nation

North High School YEARBOOK!  (North School Code: 2969)  Order your 2018-2019 book HERE!

Polar Bear Apparel!  Click HERE to shop and order!

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

501 Holcomb Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50313

P: 515-242-7200 Fax 515-242-8491 | E:
New School Hours: 8:25 AM to 3:25 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!