Herbert Hoover High School (Des Moines)

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Herbert Hoover High School
4800 Aurora Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Coordinates 41°38′11″N 93°41′00″W / 41.636311°N 93.683443°W / 41.636311; -93.683443Coordinates: 41°38′11″N 93°41′00″W / 41.636311°N 93.683443°W / 41.636311; -93.683443
Type Public School
Motto "Citizenship, Opportunity, Diversity, Excellence"
Established 1967
Oversight Des Moines Public Schools
International Baccalaureate
Superintendent Thomas Ahart
Principal Cindy Flesch
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 960 [1]
Campus Urban (NW Des Moines)
Color(s) Green and Gold          
Athletics conference Central Iowa Metro League
Mascot Huskies
Rival Roosevelt Roughriders, DM North Polar Bears, Johnston Dragons, Urbandale J-Hawks
Newspaper Hoover Challenger

Herbert Hoover High School, usually referred to simply as Hoover High School or Hoover, is a secondary school located on the Northwest side of Des Moines, Iowa. It is one of five secondary schools under the district of the Des Moines Public Schools, and was named after the 31st United States president Herbert Hoover. The school's athletic teams are called the Huskies and compete in the CIML conference.


As of 2014, there were over 950 students enrolled at Hoover. Hoover has one of the most diverse student bodies of any high school in Iowa, having students that derive from dozens of countries.

Enrollment Figures[edit]

Year Total Seniors (12th grade) Juniors (11th grade) Sophomores (10th grade) Freshmen (9th grade)
2007-2008[2] 1,174 326 264 299 285
2005-2006[citation needed] 1,212 244 265 333 370
2004-2005[3] 1,210 227 258 331 394
2003-2004[3] 1,197 242 259 314 382
2002-2003[3] 1,260 286 307 296 371


Former Iowa governor Chet Culver was an instructor and sports coach at Hoover High School. Timm Pilcher is the adviser for the internationally award-winning newspaper, The Challenger, and also performs in the band Faculty Lounge. Emily Griffin is the current Theater Arts and Play Production instructor. The principal is Cindy Flesch, who previously served as principal of Meredith Middle School. The music director is Randall E. Hoepker, who is also the band director. Under him in the music department is Lisa Fried (orchestra) and Alexander Fitzgerald (choir). The head of the science department is currently Eric Hall, who in 2013 won the Rotary Club of Des Moines Teacher of the Year award for his efforts in the field.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Hoover competes as a school in the Iowa High School Athletic Association 4A school system. It is a member of the Central Iowa Metro League conference, or CIML, along with all four of the other DMPS high schools and Ottumwa High School. Hoover High School's boys basketball team was undefeated and won the state championship in the 2005-2006 school year. They also won the sportsmanship award at the conclusion of the tournament. Additionally, they made it to the state championship in the 2010-2011 season, but the title run fell short as the Huskies fell to Linn-Mar, ending the season in second place, as state runner-ups.[citation needed] Jeremy Hellickson, a top prospect for the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team, attended the school from 2001-2005.[citation needed] Hoover has had several other accomplished individual athletes, including the state's top-ranked bowler, golfer, swimmer, etc. Students also participate in large group and/or solo Iowa High School Speech Association (IHSSA) in different categories including musical theatre, mime and ensemble acting.

Unlike the school's other sports teams, the girls' swimming team is known as the Marlins; when the school opened in 1967, the team decided they wanted to be different, and the alternate name was born.[citation needed]

Hoover's primary rival is Theodore Roosevelt High School (Des Moines). However, other rivals include but are not limited to North High School (Des Moines), Johnston High School, and Urbandale High School.


Beginning in the 2008-2009 school year, Hoover began block scheduling. Each day includes four blocks approximately 80 minutes in length. This allows for a longer teaching time and also for the students to receive a 45-minute lunch. The days are split into alternating green and gold days, which alternate every other day for a total of eight classes every two days. Many students also attend Central Academy and Central Campus in downtown Des Moines in order to acquire college credit and technical proficiency. In 2014, Hoover became an International Baccalaureate world school, and also consistently ranks within the top 50 in the state of Iowa's AP Index compiled by the University of Iowa.

Students are required to take at least three years of all core classes. PE is only required for four semesters. Additionally, a number of electives are available for students within the curriculum. The district annually decides how many credits a student must earn to graduate.

Notable Alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Des Moines Public Schools (2010). "School Demographic Groups". 
  2. ^ Des Moines Public Schools (2007). "Fall 2007 Middle and High School Enrollment". 
  3. ^ a b c Des Moines Public Schools (2004). "Enrollment Report as of September 17, 2004". 

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