School News

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!

LaShone Mosley scans ID on a DART bus.

Student IDs, DART Access to Change


The way students access DART buses is changing beginning in school year 2018-19. When students receive their school IDs this Fall, the badge will have a QR code embedded on it. The QR code will serve as the student’s “ticket” to ride DART. Students will be required to scan the QR code when boarding DART buses. Click on the headline to read more about the change, and the district’s partnership with DART.

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 »

Upcoming Events

Aug 21
Volleyball: 9th vs. Ames (Home)
Aug 21
Volleyball: JV vs. Ames (Home)
Aug 21
Volleyball: 10th vs. Ames (Home)
Aug 21
Volleyball: Varsity vs. Ames (Home)
Aug 23
First Day of School

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

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!