High School Yearbooks

Attention genealogists, class reunion planners, and researchers, we have digitized our Des Moines High School Yearbook Collection!

The high schools and available years are listed below. Just click the high school name to view the digitized yearbooks for that school.

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  • East High School Quill cover

    East High Quill: 1911-1933, 1935, 1941, 1946, 1948-1950, 1956-1965, 1967, 1970-1972, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1986, 1988-2004, 2006, 2008-2011

  • Lincoln High Railsplitter cover

    Lincoln High Railsplitter: 1932, 1934, 1935-1936, 1940, 1942-1944, 1955, 1958-1962, 1963, 1966-1967, 1969, 1971-1983, 1985-1992, 1994, 1998, 2001-2009

  • North High Polar Bear cover

    North High Oracle: 1904-1920, 1922-1925, 1930, 1933-1935, 1937-1938.

    North High Polar Bear: 1938-1951, 1952-1961, 1963-1966, 1968-1969, 1972-1973, 1990-1993, 1996-2007.

  • Roosevelt Roundup cover

    Roosevelt Roundup: 1924, 1926-1944, 1945-1957, 1958-1974, 1976-1980, 2001

    Roosevelt Roughrider: 1990-2000, 2002-2008

  • Tech High Engineer cover

    Technical High Warrior: 1950-1952.

    Technical High Engineer: 1953-1963, 1965, 1968-1972, 1975, 1980-1984.

On the closing of West High

An excerpt from the 1928 Tatler.

"In 1923 about eighteen hundred high school pupils were receiving their education in this (West High) institution. In the fall of that year Roosevelt High School was opened and a Junior High installed at West in connection with the smaller senior school. Because of the westward trend of Des Moines' business section, enrollment decreased, and in 1927 it was deemed advisable to discontinue West High Senior School and to use the building for seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students. The pupils in the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades were sent either to North or Roosevelt to complete their secondary education."

Technical High School

Des Moines Technical High School was phased out starting with the 1982-83 school year, the last graduating class was in June 1986. The building is still in use today as Central Campus. Where Des Moines high school students go to take specialized classes.

-Denny, Robert R. Ten significant years, 1976-1986 : history of the Des Moines Public Schools.