La Cueva High School
|La Cueva High School|
|La Cueva High School|
|7801 Wilshire Ave. NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87122
|Type||Public high school|
|Vice principal||Shelly Green
|Athletics conference||NMAA, AAAAA Dist. 2|
|Rival||Eldorado High School
Sandia High School
La Cueva High School is a public high school located in northeast Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is part of the Albuquerque Public Schools District. Its mascot is the bear. The La Cueva Cluster has several middle and elementary schools that feed into it, which include Desert Ridge, Madison, and Eisenhower middle schools, Dennis Chavez, Double Eagle, E. G. Ross, Hubert Humphrey, and North Star elementary schools. La Cueva started in 1986 with 1200 students ranging from freshman to juniors.
The NMPED (New Mexico Public Education department) replaced the No Child Left Behind Act and AYP testing with a new school grading formula, which took effect for the 2010-11 school years. The grade is calculated using many forms of testing, and includes graduation rates.
|School Year||Grade from NMPED|
La Cueva has been a New Mexico Exemplary School for the past three years, and the only APS high school to meet AYP. According to www.greatschools.net, the high school is one of very few high schools in the city and the state to receive a GreatSchools rating of 10 of 10. The website also indicates their test scores are among the highest of any high school in the city. La Cueva has been recognized nationally by Redbook magazine as a "School of Excellence." La Cueva offers a common variety of courses from practical and fine arts to various social studies classes, and numerous math and science classes. La Cueva's Academic Decathlon team has won a number of state championships and been recognized for excellence with outstanding performances at the national level. The JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society) TEAMS teams have been state champions every year since 1992. DECA: Association of Marketing Students program has had many students place in national marketing competitions. The Model United Nations program has won 8 state first places and finished 3rd in the National Model UN program. Frances Gruette, a teacher of AP Calculus AB, was awarded one of the Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement.
La Cueva has had national winners in the National Counsel of Teachers of English (NCTE) writing awards for the past eight years. Journalism and yearbook students have achieved state and national recognition for their work on school publications. A number of La Cueva graduates are presently journalists writing for news publications throughout the country. The school has also produced over 150 National Merit Scholarship Finalists since 1988.
La Cueva High School is a New Activities Association (NMAA) AAAAA School in District 2.
LCHS competes in 18 NMAA Sport-Activity Events.
State Champions (since opening in 1986) in AAAA/AAAAA.
Table of State Championships Season Sport Number of Championships Year Fall Football 4 1993, 2003, 2004, 2009 Boys' Cross Country 5 1995, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2010 Girls' Cross Country 4 1987, 1994, 1995, 2013 Boys' Soccer 7 1989, 1994, 1996, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2012 Girls' Soccer 14 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2011, 2012 Volleyball 0 Winter Boys' Basketball 5 1989, 1994, 2003, 2009, 2010 Girls' Basketball 2 2008, 2009 Boys' Swimming 1 1996 Girls' Swimming 7 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2008 Wrestling 1 2002 Spring Baseball 7 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011 Boys' Golf 8 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011 Girls' Golf 4 1989, 2007, 2011, 2013 Softball 1 2005 Boys' Track 10 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2011 Girls' Track 7 1996, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013 Boys' Tennis 10 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 Girls' Tennis 2 1998, 2000 Cheerleading 9 1991, 1993, 1995, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 Total 108
(2nd amongst NM high schools)
- JROTC (2) - 2006, 2007
- Drill Team (2) - 1989, 1993
- Bowling (1) - 2008
- Ice Hockey (1) - 2005
During the 2004 to 2005 school year, the Bears baseball team briefly held the national record for consecutive wins. The Bears football team was undefeated for two seasons, losing its third game in the 2004-2005 year.
According to the school's website, the Bears have excelled on the athletic fields since school doors opened in 1986. The school has won a total of sixty-nine state championships, 226 district championships, and has been selected as the NMAA All-Sports Trophy winner 11 times for boys and 8 times for girls and were awarded the first ever Directors Cup honoring the total athletic program for the 2004-05 academic year. The school's first state championship came in 1987 as the La Cueva Girls' Cross Country team won the NM AAAA State Championship. La Cueva has had 29 High School All-Americans, 12 Gatorade Athletes of the Year, 6 APS Athletes of the Year, and 5 Tribune Athletes of the Year. Former Bears include Olympians Lance Ringnald (88) and Nate DiPalma (93). Collegiate All-Americans include Amy Warner (01), Kristen Graczyk (02), Jamie MacArthur (04), Randy Wells (07), Richie Hansen (95), Jennifer Hommert (95), Anna Tuttle (95), Doug Zembiec (91), Jeff Rowland (02), Lauren Goldfarb (09). AJ Bramlett (Basketball) (95) played on the University of Arizona's national championship team and Nick Speegle (2000) was drafted and presently plays football for the Cleveland Browns. Sports Illustrated ranked the Bears as the 24th best overall sports high school in the country.
- A.J. Bramlett (class of 1995), NCAA Natl. Champion Arizona Wildcats, Cleveland Cavaliers, and European Basketball player
- Terri Conn (class of 1993), actress
- Marty Crandall, musician
- Neil Patrick Harris (class of 1991), actor
- Colin O'Malley (class of 1992), composer
- Jordan Pacheco, Major League Baseball player
- James Parr, retired Major League Baseball player
- Freddie Prinze, Jr. (class of 1994), actor
- Pascual Romero, musician/filmmaker
- Jesse Sandoval, musician
- Jarrin Solomon, Olympic bronze medalist
- Nick Speegle (class of 2000), NFL linebacker
- Tony Vincent (class of 1991), actor 
- Douglas A. Zembiec (class of 1991), U.S. Marine Corps officer
- La Cueva High School website
- The Siemens' Foundtaion
- "School Information". La Cueva High School. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
- Guerrero, Maria (July 6, 2012). "Albuquerque native to compete in the Olympics". KOB. Retrieved 16 August 2012.