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 »

Polar Bear Spring Break


The North High School Polar Bears will begin their Spring Break on Friday, March 9th and going through the following Friday, March 16th.  School will resume on Monday, March 19th.  Happy Spring Break!!!

Multi-Cultural Family Fest


North High School will be hosting it’s first Multicultural Fest on Tuesday, March 20th in the school auditorium. Come and see a variety of performances that really showcase our diversity and talent. Prior to the presentations, which start at 7:00 PM, there will be a reception and resource fair starting at 6:15 PM.  While enjoying … Read more »

Lois Dale Scholarship Winners


We are happy to announce these two North High School students are our first-time award winners of the Lois Dale Scholarship.  Pictured left to right is Rosemary Galdamez, Robert Nishimwe along with Gifted & Talented Consultant, Anthony Voss. The Lois Dale Scholarship is a need-and-merit based grant designed to help ensure that a selected number of outstanding Des … Read more »

Academic Decathlon State Competition


Courage, passion, and relentlessness.  You will be pleased to know that this year’s North Academic Decathlon team demonstrated the Polar Bear Way throughout their weekend at the state competition. It takes enormous courage to face tests in 10 academic areas and our students rose to the challenge!  Sophomore, Prithvi Jamadagni, displayed outstanding courage in the speech … Read more »

North High Student is 2018 State Bowling Champ


Samantha Meade, 9th grader at North High School, got 1st in State for Bowling in Waterloo today!  Sam’s series score was a 452!  Be sure to congratulate Sam when you see her. Christa Kordik, Bowling Coach Michael Lucht, Bowling Coach Click on the title of this post to see full picture.

Upcoming Events

Mar 20
School Board Meeting
Mar 20
Multi-Cultural Family Fest
Mar 22
Track: Boys Varsity vs. Waukee, Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson, Des Moines Hoover, Des Moines Lincoln, Marshalltown, Mason City (Away)
Mar 24
Polar Bear Gala
Mar 26
Track: Boys Varsity vs. South Central Calhoun (Away)

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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!