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The Haunting of East High School
Des Moines, Iowa

Posted by Hauntings Admin on 01/30/2011



East High School | Des Moines, Iowa

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About East High School

Des Moines, Iowa

East High School

Brief Des Moines, Iowa History:

A long time ago, wooly mammoths and mastodons once lived in the area that is now known as Des Moines, Iowa. In 2001 at 12th and Locust in Des Moines, a large number of well-preserved bones were found at a depth of over 50 feet underground.

Sac and Fox Indian tribes took residency in this area long before European settlers arrived to the Des Moines area. They lived on the eastern shore of the Mississippi River Valley at the head of the Des Moines River in a village called Quashquema.

In 1673, Marquette and Joliet became the first white men to set foot in Iowa. Over a hundred years later, in 1802, Iowa is added to the United States territory as part of the Louisiana Purchase. After 1812, pioneers began making their way west and settling and passing through Iowa. Between 1818 and 1832, the Black Hawk War rages in Des Moines and the surrounding areas. A fort is constructed near Des Moines to protect pioneers and travelers from Indian uprisings and other perils as they made their way through the area. By 1840, indian tribes were much more sparse than they had been and by 1842, central Iowa was open for European settlement. In 1846, Iowa became a state. In 1857 it was designated the state capital.

East High School Data:

East High School is the third largest secondary school in the state of Iowa, next to Abraham Lincoln High School. It has an enrollment of approximately 2,100 students. It is the oldest high school in Des Moines having been established in 1861.The building where East High School is currently located was not built until 1911.

The South Wing of East High School was built in 1968. The North Wing was added in 1973. In 2006, a renovation to the whole building was completed.

Paranormal, Ghosts, Hauntings:

Students report an odd blue light in one of the restrooms at East High School.


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A Day at East High School


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