School News

FREE Turkey Basket Giveaway


On Monday, November 19th, from 6:00 – 7:00 PM, we will be having a FREE Turkey Basket Giveaway.  This will be in the North High School Parking Lot and is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!!!  When the turkeys and baskets are gone, it is done.  May you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and holiday break!

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 »

Trunk or Treat Event – 5:00 to 7:00 PM


Please join us on Wednesday, October 31st from 5:00 – 7:00 PM for our second annual Trunk or Treat event. Our community comes together to decorate cars, distribute candy, and even eat chili at this event. If you want to participate, please contact Jon Johnson at We have many local schools, churches, and organizations … Read more »

North High Scheduling Night & Conferences – November 13th


On Tuesday, November 13th, all staff members will be in the gym from 4:00 – 7:30 PM to accomplish a few tasks. First, we will have all 9th through 11th graders pick classes for next school year. This is a collaborative process done with staff and families. Next, the evening serves as an opportunity to … Read more »

NO SCHOOL October 25th and 26th


Just a reminder that there is NO SCHOOL on Thursday and Friday, October 25th and 26th this week due to Professional Staff Development.  School will resume on Monday, October 29th and it will be an “A-day.”

Upcoming Events

Nov 19
Basketball: Girls Varsity vs. Mason City (Away)
Nov 20
Bowling: Boys Varsity vs. Urbandale (Home)
Nov 20
Bowling: Boys JV vs. Urbandale (Home)
Nov 20
Bowling: Girls Varsity vs. Urbandale (Home)
Nov 20
Bowling: Girls JV vs. Urbandale (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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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!