About Valley High School

  • David Maxwell Valley High School (VHS) is located in West Des Moines, a suburb of Des Moines with approximately 69,000 residents. VHS is a three-year comprehensive high school with approximately 2,100 students. It emphasizes the Four A’s of education: Academics, Activities, Arts, and Athletics. The four A’s system is designed to give students a wide range of experiences and knowledge while in high school. Valley strives to provide students with a high-quality education that includes exciting and unique opportunities and challenges that will stretch their minds and abilities. A Parent-Teacher Organization and active athletic, music, debate, theater, and drama booster clubs support our students.

    David Maxwell, principal

Meet Valley Administrators

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  • Address 

    3650 Woodland Ave.
    West Des Moines, IA 50266-2053


    PHONE:  515-633-4000
    FAX: 515-633-4099 

    School Times

    HOURS: 8:20 a.m.-3:20 p.m..
    COLLABORATION SCHEDULE: Wednesday 8:20 a.m.-2:35 p.m.

    Grades Served



    David Maxwell, principal
    Shannon Campbell, associate principal
    Jeff Grassmeyer, Ph.D., associate principal
    Joshua Griffith, associate principal
    Megan Thomsen, associate principal

  • History of Valley High School