School News

North High Students Get Their Day in Court


The historic courtroom at the federal courthouse in downtown Des Moines – where the landmark Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community Schools case was first heard half a century ago – became a classroom for North High School students and a unique Constitution Day event. Click the headline to read more about a unique lesson planned by teacher Sara Stieler.

National NYCL Recipient: Congratulations Steven Phu


Congratulations to Phuoc “Steven” Phu for being selected as one of only four students to represent Iowa at the National NCYL Conference, Town Meeting in St. Louis on October 20th – 23rd! DES MOINES, IA: More than 250 high school seniors from 24 area high schools were selected by their schools to attend the National … Read more »

Homecoming Week!!!


Hey all you Polar Bear fans!!!  This next week, September 10th – 15th is HOMECOMING WEEK!  Each day there is a theme for staff and students to participate in the fun.  Thursday, September 13th there will be a parade that starts at 4:30 PM at the Ding Darling Shelter and ends at the North High … Read more »

North to send 150 students to see Hamilton


“There are times when really awesome things happen in schools, and this is one of those times,” Principal Ben Graeber said to the crowd of hundreds. With that, he announced 150 of the students would be selected to see Hamilton, An American Musical at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis in October. Not only that, they … Read more »

New School Hours


The first day of school is THURSDAY, AUGUST 23RD.  School starts at 8:25 AM and ends at 3:25 PM.  (Click on the title “New School Hours” to see and enlarged picture of the block time schedule.)

School Supplies List


The school supply list for North students is simple and easy… 1) a backpack, 2) 8 pocket folders for 8 classes, 3) loose paper & 4) pens and pencils.  August 23rd is the first day of school!  See you all soon!

Upcoming Events

Sep 26
Golf: Boys Varsity vs. Des Moines East, Des Moines Hoover, Des Moines Lincoln, Ottumwa, Des Moines Roosevelt (Home)
Sep 27
Volleyball: Varsity vs. Des Moines Hoover, Des Moines Roosevelt (Home)
Sep 27
Volleyball: 10th vs. Des Moines Roosevelt, Des Moines Hoover (Away)
Sep 27
Volleyball: 9th vs. Des Moines Roosevelt, Des Moines Hoover (Away)
Sep 27
Volleyball: JV vs. Des Moines Roosevelt, Des Moines Hoover (Away)

North High School is a

Becoming the Model for Urban Education

Polar Bear Nation

Graduation Live Streaming!  Click HERE to watch live or see it later.

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

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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!