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Santa Fe High School (New Mexico)

Santa Fe High School is an American preparatory secondary school located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The institution was established in 1899 and is the oldest secondary school in the state.[2] It was founded in the oldest state capital in America, founded in 1610.[3][4]

Santa Fe High School
SFHS Logo.gif
2100 Yucca St.
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505
United States
Type Public secondary high school
Established 1899
School district Santa Fe Public Schools
Principal Mary Massey
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,673 (2014)[1]
Color(s)      Royal blue      Santa Fe gold
Mascot Demons
Rivals St. Michael's High School
Capital High School (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
Yearbook Para Mañana

The school exclusively educates a secondary-student based body, ninth through twelfth grade.[5] It is known for its rigorous and academically prominent Advanced Placement program.[6][7]

Notable graduates include Zach Condon, creator and leading member of the indie folk band Beirut, and the youngest Mayor of Santa Fe, George Abrán Gonzales, who is also the father of the current mayor, Javier Gonzales.



Santa Fe High School was established in 1899 by the merchant, politician, and Governor Miguel Antonio Otero. It is the second oldest of the three Santa Fe public high schools. The school was originally located downtown, one block from the Plaza in the space where City Hall and the Convention Center currently sit. The new location on a hilltop above Yucca and Siringo roads was built and opened in 1966 where students slowly transitioned until the downtown campus was officially closed in 1977.[8]


Santa Fe High is widely known for its academically prominent and rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) program.[9]

The school is a part of U.S Department of Education's Green Ribbon Program and Sustainable Santa Fe.[10] Santa Fe High has installed numerous solar panels that partially supply the energy of the campus.[11]

Many of the school's departments utilize the Harkness table and the Socratic seminar.

Graduates have received admission to universities that include Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University and Stanford University.[12]


Santa Fe High School is a participating school in NM District 2-AAAAAA[13] of the New Mexico Activities Association. The school has won over 28 state championships from NMAA sanctioned sports and events.[14]The school's most dominant program was its cross country team in the late 70s and early 80s under coach John Alire, winning twelve state title trophies during this span.

St Michael's High School is a traditional sporting rival, dating back more than 100 years.

State championshipsEdit

New Mexico State Champions
Varsity sport Year:
Cross country, boys' (Class AAAA)[15] 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980
Cross country, girls' (Class AAAA)[16] 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
Volleyball (Class AAAA)[17] 1978, 1983, 1994
Football [18] 1979 (13-1, Class AAAA)
Basketball, boys'[19] 1978 (28-2, Class AAAA)
Basketball, girls'[20] 1988 (20-6, Class AAAA), 2014 (30-2, Class AAAA)
Baseball[21] 1977 (Class AAAA)
Tennis, girls'[22] 1994, 1995, 1997 (tie) (Class AAAA)
Golf, boys'[23] 1976 (Class AAAA)
Golf, girls'[24] 1985 (Class AAAA)
Track & field, boys' 1992 Runner-Up (Class AAAA)
Track & field, girls' 2014 Runner-Up (Class AAAA)[25]

Notable alumniEdit


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