School News

Winter Break!


Winter Break begins with NO SCHOOL on Friday, December 22nd!  Classes will resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2018!  The school and offices will be closed from December 22nd through January 1st.  Offices will open on January 2nd but students do not return until January 3rd which is an early-release Wednesday.  Enjoy this time with friends … Read more »

Canned Food Drive


Ms. Schwendau’s Senior Polar Bear Time class made cash donations to purchase cans for the canned food drive.  The students donated a total of $88.60 and Ms. Schwendau matched their donation.  Over 400 food items were donated to the drive!  Awesome job!  

North Student Selected for Prestigious US Senate Youth Program


North High School student: Robert Nishimwe,was selected to participate in the 56th annual United States Senate Youth Program to be held March 3-10 in Washington, D.C.  He was selected by a committee at the Iowa Department of Education. Robert attends North High School in Des Moines and is president of the National Honor Society.  He … Read more »

Kayaking in December!


Lewis Major from the DNR visited the aquatics classroom on Dec 11th.  He brought 8 kayaks that the students will be practicing with for the next week.  Lewis taught them all about safety, using a lifejacket and how to put it on correctly, how to enter and exit the kayak safely and how to safely … Read more »

ABC Apprenticeship and Training Trust Fair


North High School junior and senior students enjoyed learning more about skilled trades at the ABC Apprenticeship & Training Trust Fair. Students were able to experience hands-on activities, network with local professionals about apprenticeship program opportunities, and watch the ABC of Iowa Craft Championship competition.  (Click on title: ABC Apprenticeship and Training Trust Fair to … Read more »

Polar Bear Food Pantry Receives NEW Frig!!!


This week we were gifted a brand new commercial refrigerator for the food pantry.  Hunger Free Polk County graciously gave us what we needed to be able to serve our community.  An additional $500 was also given to help us fill the refrigerator in time for the holidays.  Prince of Peace Lutheran Church has also given … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Dec 16
Wrestling: Varsity vs. Waukee (Away)
Dec 16
Wrestling: Varsity vs. Waukee (Away)
Dec 18
Basketball: Boys JV vs. Des Moines Lincoln (Away)
Dec 18
Basketball: Boys 9th vs. Des Moines Lincoln (Away)
Dec 19
Basketball: Boys 10th vs. Ankeny High School (Home)

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Becoming the Model for Urban Education

Polar Bear Nation

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!