School News

Freshman Orientation – August 16th


The staff of North High School would like to invite: CLASS OF 2023 ​to our 4th annual Freshman Orientation August 16th from 9AM – 1PM in the North High Gymnasium. The purpose of this event is to help the student’s transition from middle school to high school.  They will also be introduced to several faculty … Read more »

Polar Bear Gala 2019


We are excited to announce our 4th Annual Polar Bear Gala, presented by our North High School Booster Club 501(c)3 on SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019 at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott from 5:30 – 10:00 PM.  Please join us for an entertaining evening with good company, dinner, dessert, live and silent auctions.  Plan to attend the … Read more »

Polar Bear Open – Golf Outing


The North High 11th Annual Polar Bear Open 2018 is on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the Blank Golf Course!  This is a fund raising event that provides scholarships to deserving Des Moines North High School graduating seniors!  This yearly event started in 2008 and is open to anyone looking to give back to the … Read more »

Community NHS Pool Meeting


DMPS is inviting North community members to a meeting to discuss the future of the NHS pool.  This meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 28th at 6:00PM in the North library.  Any questions?  Please call 242-7204.

Class Day & Fiesta Fun!


Every year North High School celebrates the seniors with a Class Day ceremony honoring their achievements.  Parents and families attend this special ceremony and witness their students receiving awards and scholarships as they celebrate the end of high school.  After the morning ceremony is done we move into a “fiesta” afternoon filled with food and … Read more »

May 2018 Events


As we get closer to the end of school there are a lot of events and things happening this last month.  Here is a calendar of events for North High School.  Click on the title of this event to see a larger version.

Upcoming Events

Jul 16
Online Registration Begins
Aug 14
School Board Meeting
Aug 21
Volleyball: 9th vs. Ames (Home)
Aug 21
Volleyball: JV vs. Ames (Home)
Aug 21
Volleyball: 10th vs. Ames (Home)

North High School is a

Becoming the Model for Urban Education

Polar Bear Nation

Click HERE for the NHS pool Google Form.

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

P: 515-242-7200 Fax 515-242-8491 | E:
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!