Theodore Roosevelt High School (Des Moines)

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4419 Center Street
Des Moines, Iowa
Coordinates 41°35′33″N 93°40′46″W / 41.592606°N 93.679309°W / 41.592606; -93.679309Coordinates: 41°35′33″N 93°40′46″W / 41.592606°N 93.679309°W / 41.592606; -93.679309
Type Public Secondary
Established 1923[1]
School district Des Moines Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Thomas Ahart
Dean Susanna Marcucci
Principal Mr. Kevin Biggs
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,654[2]
Campus Urban (Des Moines)
Color(s) Navy Blue and White          
Athletics conference Central Iowa Metro League
Nickname Roughriders
Rival East Scarlets
Hoover Huskies
Lincoln Rail Splitters
Newspaper Rider Roundup

Theodore Roosevelt High School, usually referred to simply as Roosevelt High School or TRHS, is a secondary school located on the west 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 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt.


The construction of the building in which TRHS is housed was initiated in 1922 by Proudfoot, Bird, and Rawson and opened in 1924 with 1,282 students. The final cost to build was $1,331,600. The building's design has won many awards and is considered one of 50 most significant buildings in Iowa by PBS. The building is on both the State and National Register of Historic Places.


As of the 2008-2009 school year, there were 1,654 students[2] enrolled at Roosevelt High School.

Enrollment Figures[edit]

Year Total Seniors (12th grade) Juniors (11th grade) Sophomores (10th grade) Freshmen (9th grade)
2008-2009[2] 1,654 421 387 428 418
2007-2008[3] 1,671 427 381 425 438
2006-2007[4] 1,622 358 418 396 450
2005-2006[5] 1,591 324 344 441 468
2004-2005[6] 1,636 350 361 405 520
2003-2004[6] 1,583 331 380 403 470
2002-2003[6] 1,610 372 367 400 471


As of the 2010-2011 year, Roosevelt is set on a block schedule, there are eight blocks total and each day containing four of these blocks. These set of blocks alternate each day, meaning one week may contain three classes in four subjects, and only two classes in the other four. Students must be enrolled in physical education at least 1 semester each year while in high school and complete CPR certification. They are also required to, as before, take core academic courses in order to graduate and receive a diploma. These include Social Studies, English, Mathematics, Science, and Art, therefore leaving the two remaining blocks to be electives and/or release periods. Credits needed to graduate are currently 23, raised from 18 beginning with the graduating class of 2011.

All students are required by Des Moines Public Schools to enroll in four subject courses and a Physical Education course. The school district compels lower-class students to schedule a full day of classes, however, in order to ensure satisfaction with district graduation requirements. Juniors and Seniors have the option of having an "open period" during the first or last period of the school day (Seniors may have open periods during any period). Juniors require parental permission to have an open period.

Athletics/ Extra Curricular Activities[edit]

Roosevelt competes as a school in the Iowa High School Athletic Association 4A school. 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. Roosevelt has historically excelled in men's swimming, with coach Clark Munger leading the school to two national championships in the 1920s and 30s. Roosevelt has won the CIML conference swim meet for the past 7 years in a row and girls swimming has won CIML conference meet 11 years in a row under swim coach Steve Teter. Roosevelt won the 2006 girls basketball 4A state championships. The boys basketball team is a Metro powerhouse, and has a fierce basketball rivalry with the Hoover Huskies. The game between the two schools usually determines the Metro Conference champion. The rivalry has grown even bigger in recent years due to close games, and a drastic increase in school pride amongst the two schools. The well known Roosevelt Sharks Synchronized Swimming Club performs an annual pageant, and is the oldest high school synchronized swimming club in the United States, being founded in 1926. Roosevelt's football team was once a Metro Conference contender, but in recent times the team has struggled to produce a playoff berth. Roosevelt also has a well known wrestling program. In 2009, they had a back to back state champion. In 2010, Roosevelt once again dominated the Metro Conference, and produced 2 state champions.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Des Moines Public Schools (2006). "The Facts & Figures of Roosevelt High School". 
  2. ^ a b c Des Moines Public Schools (2008). "Enrollment Report October 1, 2008" (PDF). 
  3. ^ Des Moines Public Schools (2007). "Enrollment Report as of October 1, 2007" (PDF). 
  4. ^ Des Moines Public Schools (2006). "Enrollment Report as of October 2, 2006" (PDF). 
  5. ^ Des Moines Public Schools (2005). "Enrollment Report as of September 16, 2005" (PDF). 
  6. ^ a b c Des Moines Public Schools (2004). "Enrollment Report as of September 17, 2004" (PDF). 
  7. ^ Staff. "The Passing of Dr. George W. Webber, July 10, 2010", New York Theological Seminary. Accessed July 13, 2010.
  8. ^ "Leadership | Pickard Chilton". Retrieved 2017-02-24. 

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