School News

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 2018. We are asking that all students complete this requirement by the END OF MARCH to beat the rush and … Read more »

North Student is Law Day Competition Winner!


Elizabeth Phan has won a prize in the Law Day Competition for her poster entry.  Law Day is recognized annually on May 1 as a national day of celebration aimed to strengthen the American heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under the law. Each year the American Bar Association chooses a theme for Law Day … Read more »

Are You 17 1/2 Years Old? Become a Voter!


One of the missions of DMPS is to educate students who “understand the rights and obligations of citizenship.” And one of those rights is becoming a voter, a right available to many high school students. To register to vote in Iowa you must (a) be at least 17 1/2 years old, (b) be a U.S. citizen, and (c) be a resident of Iowa. Click the photo to visit the Iowa Secretary of State’s web site to learn more and complete a registration form.

Students rehearse for upcoming production.

North Drama Presents ‘School of Rock’


The story revolves around Dewey Finn, an out-of-work rock singer and guitarist who pretends to be a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. After identifying the musical talent in his students, they form a band in an attempt to win a contest. Performances are on Friday, April 13 & Saturday, April 14 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Click on the headline for a sneak peek!

North students work on robotics project.

North Robotics Readies for Competition


Programs focusing on STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – have been at the center of the educational world in recent years, seen as one pathway for students to take rigorous courses while preparing for higher education and careers in an increasingly high-tech world. Click on the headline to see how students are engaging in STEM robotics.

North High JROTC Rifle Team Wins Western US Regional Championships


The North High Varsity shooting team competed at the CMP Western U.S. Regional Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah this past weekend. North won the 2-day event with a combined score of 4309, beating Lebanon, Oregon for the title while Flowings Wells, Arizona came in 3rd. Teams from all over the western United States were … Read more »

North Student Representing Iowa


Robert Nishimwe has been selected by the nominating committee to represent Iowa and receive the Billy Michal Student Leadership Award from The National WWII Museum. To accept this award, Robert will travel to New Orleans and attend the Student Leadership Luncheon. The Billy Michal Student Leadership Award is given annually to one student from each … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Apr 19
DMPS HS Orchestra Clinic
Apr 19
Tennis: Boys Varsity vs. Ottumwa (Away)
Apr 19
Tennis: Boys JV vs. Ottumwa (Away)
Apr 19
Tennis: Girls Varsity vs. Ottumwa (Home)
Apr 19
Tennis: Girls JV vs. Ottumwa (Home)

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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!