Las Cruces High School

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Las Cruces High School

Las Cruces High School.jpg

1755 El Paseo Rd.
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005
Coordinates 32°17′30″N 106°46′05″W / 32.2916°N 106.7680°W / 32.2916; -106.7680Coordinates: 32°17′30″N 106°46′05″W / 32.2916°N 106.7680°W / 32.2916; -106.7680
School type Public, high school
Founded 1918 (as Las Cruces Union High School), 1954 (consolidation of Las Cruces Public Schools)
School district Las Cruces Public Schools
Principal Jed Hendee
Assistant principals Anthony Chavez, Gina Rivera, Lorraine Paz, Bobby Campos
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,300 (September 2009)
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Red , Blue


Mascot Bulldawgs
Communities served south and west Las Cruces, Mesilla, Talaveras, Mesilla Park, University Park, Tortugas
Feeder schools Lynn Middle School , Zia Middle School
Rival schools Mayfield High School, Oñate High School
Athletic conference New Mexico Activities Association, District 3-5A

Las Cruces High School is the oldest high school in the city of Las Cruces, New Mexico. LCHS opened in 1954 and serves approximately 2,300 students from grades 9-12.[1]


Although the school's official history dates only to the formation of Las Cruces Public Schools in 1954, LCHS is considered the successor to the former Las Cruces Union High School (1918), which was located at the corner of Alameda and Picacho Avenues near downtown Las Cruces. LCHS inherited the Bulldog mascot and school colors from the former school, which served as a unified high school for the several smaller school districts that existed in the area before being consolidated to form LCPS. The present campus on El Paseo Road opened in 1956, at which point the old LCUHS building was converted to house Alameda Junior High School. AJHS itself closed its doors in the early 1980s and the old building sat vacant for several years before being extensively renovated to house the Third Judicial District Court. The New Mexico Activities Association considers LCUHS and LCHS to be the same school and credits LCHS with all state titles won by the previous school.

LCHS "Bulldawgs" emblem
Aerial view of the current LCHS Building
Central Hallway, "D" Wing

The current campus has undergone numerous renovations and expansions since opening its doors in 1956. Among the more recent additions to the campus a vocational arts building was constructed in 1993, a new classroom wing and central hallway ("D" wing) were built in 1997, the music wing was renovated and a new band facility added between 1996 and 1998, the cafeteria was renovated and a commons area added in 2000, and another new classroom wing opened in 2002. Beginning in the summer of 2013 the campus is undergoing a massive multi-year "extreme makeover" which will see most of the current campus buildings demolished and replaced with new facilities.[2]


LCHS enjoys a particularly heated and passionate rivalry with Mayfield, the city's second-oldest public high school, with the annual football clash between the schools routinely attracting more than 20,000 fans. LCHS and MHS have combined to win 13 of the past 19 New Mexico state championships in football, with the annual year-end game between the schools almost invariably determining the district title. With only two exceptions (1997 and 2004), either LCHS or MHS has played in the state championship game every year since 1995. In 2002 and 2013 LCHS and MHS played each other in the state championship game, and the schools also met in the state playoff semifinals in 2008, with the Bulldawgs victorious on all three occasions. Mayfield leads the overall series 27-22-1, but LCHS has won 6 of the past 8 meetings. The Mayfield-Las Cruces high school football rivalry was voted the 9th best in the nation by in 2008. The documentary film Cruces Divided is based on this rivalry.[3]


The Las Cruces Bulldawgs compete in the New Mexico Activities Association's Class AAAAA, the largest classification for high schools in New Mexico. LCHS is a member of District 3AAAAA with crosstown rivals Mayfield High School and Oñate High School, as well as Alamogordo High School and Gadsden High School.

LCHS participates in an annual cross-town football rivalry with Mayfield High
Inside the LCHS main gymnasium
LCHS athletic fields and campus
North Commons

State Championships[edit]

Baseball (5) - 1952*, 1957, 1961, 1962, 1963

Softball (1) - 2013

Basketball (Boys) (8) - 1941*, 1945*, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1975, 1976, 2013

Cheerleading Co-ed (3) - 2012, 2013, 2014

Cross Country (Boys) (1) - 1972

Football (8 official + 1 unofficial) - 1925*†, 1959, 1975, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013

Marching Band (3) - 1979, 1984, 1986

Soccer (Boys) (3) - 2004, 2007, 2013

Soccer (Girls) (2) - 2003, 2005

Swimming & Diving (Girls) (1) - 1983

Tennis (Boys) (2) - 1995, 1996

Tennis (Girls) (2) - 1996, 1997

Track & Field (Boys) (1) - 1962

Volleyball (5) - 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001

Wrestling (2) - 1964, 1966

(*) Las Cruces Union High School

(†) Not officially recognized by NMAA, which does not recognize any state football titles before 1950.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "About LCHS". Las Cruces High School. 
  2. ^ "Las Cruces High School Renovations". Las Cruces Public Schools. 
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  4. ^ "New Mexico State Football Champions". New Mexico Activities Association.