History of DMC

Throughout DMC’s 70+-year history our school has experienced God’s provision and protection as we’ve grown from 14 students learning in a church basement in Des Moines, to 1,271 students learning on our 26-acre campus in Urbandale. It all began with a visionary group of leaders from various churches interested in Christian education, gathering to prayerfully consider establishing a Christian school in Des Moines. 

Our leaders frequently state that we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us. DMC values our history and the generous gifts of time and resources given for decades. While many changes to our campus and programs have occurred, our mission remains rooted in our founding beliefs. 




DMC opened its doors to 14 students and one teacher, Ms. Ruth Norquist, in a church located at Beaver and Adams Ave. in Des Moines.


DMC moved to its own building located at 63rd and Franklin in Des Moines with seven teachers and 135 K-8 students.



DMC moves into the former Franklin Junior High School and shares facilities with First Federated Church for the next 25 years.


The school works toward its goal of establishing a high school with the addition of 9th grade.


First graduating class receives DMC diplomas.


DMC purchases 26 acres in Urbandale to become our school's future home.



Gym opens at Urbandale campus for DMC home athletic competitions.



DMC Votes to move K-12 students to new campus.


Construction completed; DMC moves into Urbandale campus. 700 students are enrolled.


First international mission trip to the Dominican Republic.


Athletic complex opens and the first home football game is held.



East end addition opens including the Performance Hall, STEAM labs, music and art rooms, and early education wing.

First year of independent middle school (6th-8th).

First home track meet.

Enrollment reaches 1,000 students.


DMC athletics celebrates first State Championship (boys golf).

Enrollment reaches 1,147 students enrolled.



15th anniversary of Urbandale campus.

Great Room is renovated.

First year operations are fully funded by tuition and fees.

DMC launches $29.5M Impact Tomorrow Today campaign.