Rio Rancho High School

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Rio Rancho High School
Rio Rancho High School.png
Address
301 Loma Colorado Rd. NE
Rio Rancho, New Mexico, 87124
United States
Information
Type Public high school
Established 1997
Principal Richard VonAncken
Vice principal Vicky McCarty
Rudy Galindo
Laura Jeffrey
Jacquie Monclova
Javier Ramos
Susan Carley
Enrollment 2,359
Campus Suburban
Color(s)               
Navy Blue, Hunter Green, and White
Athletics conference NMAA, 6A Dist. 1
Mascot Ram
Rival Cleveland High
Website

Rio Rancho High School is a public senior high school of the Rio Rancho Public Schools, located in west central Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Established in 1997, much of the money to build RRHS came from the Intel Corporation. RRHS obtained most of its students from nearby Cibola High School in Albuquerque. Enrollment at the school stands at 2,359.[1]

Academics[edit]

School grade[edit]

The NMPED (New Mexico Public Education Department) replaced the No Child Left Behind Act and Adequate Yearly Progress (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.[2]

School Year Grade from NMPED
2013–14 A
2012–13 A
2011–12 B
2010–11 C

Student body statistics[edit]

Ethnicity This School State Average
Caucasian (not hispanic) 62% 29%
Hispanic (of any race) 30% 56%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 3% 11%
African American 3% 3%
Pacific Islander 2% 1%

Overcrowding/split[edit]

President Obama gives a speech in the "RAC" athletic facility

In 2008, due to overcrowding Rio Rancho Public Schools built the new V. Sue Cleveland High School, which opened in August 2009. In 2009, incoming 9th through 11th grade students who resided south of Northern Blvd began attend Rio Rancho High School and all residing north of Northern Blvd began to attend V. Sue Cleveland High School. The class of 2010 continued to attend Rio Rancho High School regardless of where they resided in Rio Rancho.

2009 President Obama visit/Town Hall[edit]

President Barack Obama hosted a Town Hall meeting at the high school on May 14, 2009 regarding credit card reform.[3][4]

Vans Custom Culture Art Competition[edit]

Rio Rancho High School was named Grand Champion of the fifth annual Custom Culture Art and Design Competition. At the final event held on June 10th, 2014 at New York City's Industria Superstudio, celebrity judges MKTO, Steve Caballero, Matt Shultz, Kemal Harris and Eley & Kishimoto selected the winning custom shoe designs among the top five finalist schools. Vans presented Rio Rancho High School with the grand-prize $50,000 donation to support its art program.

2,000 schools participated in the competition, receiving four pairs of blank Vans shoes to use as a canvas and design according to four different themes: Art, Music, Action Sports and 'Local Flavor.' The winning shoe design will also be produced and sold in select Vans and Journeys retail stores, and online at Vans.com and Journeys.com.

RRHS also won the Vans contest national finals in 2010 and 2012. In 2010 the grand prize was $10,000; by 2012 it had increased to $50,000. In 2012, RRHS also won an additional $5,000 in the Journeys Local Attitude competition for the best design reflecting a community's local flavor.

Notable Alumni[edit]

Athletics[edit]

RRHS competes in the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA), as a class 6A school in District 1. In 2014, NMAA realigned the state's schools in to six classifications and adjusted district boundaries.[5] In addition to Rio Rancho High School, the schools in district 1-6A include: Cibola High School, Volcano Vista High School, V. Sue Cleveland High School and Santa Fe High School.

Rio Rancho State Athletic Championships[edit]

RRHS has captured 34 State Championships, all in 5A/6A.

New Mexico Activities Association small logo.png State Championships
Season Sport Number State Champions Runner-up Third
Fall Cross Country, Boys 2 2014, 2013 2010 2012, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005
Cross Country, Girls 1 2008 2014, 2009
Football 1 2014
Soccer, Boys
Soccer, Girls 1 2007 2014
Volleyball 6 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002 2014, 2008, 2004, 2001 2000
Winter Basketball, Boys 1 2007
Basketball, Girls 2001
Spirit/Dance/Drill 2012, 2011, 2010, 2000, 1999
Spirit/Cheer 4 2011, 2010, 2001, 2000 2009, 2005 2014, 2013, 2012, 2007, 1999
Swimming and Diving, Boys 2009 2014, 2013
Swimming and Diving, Girls 2007
Wrestling 11 2014, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005, *2004, 2004, *2003, 2003 2006, *2002, 2002 2013, 2012
Spring Baseball, Boys 3 2013, 2009, 2007 2010
Golf, Boys 2 2007, 2005 2006 2009, 2004
Golf, Girls 2013, 2012
Softball 2 2014, 2003 2010 2002, 2001
Tennis, Boys
Tennis, Girls 2007
Track and Field, Boys 2008, 2004 2014, 2005
Track and Field, Girls 2010, 2009, 2001
Total 34

(*Year) - indicates Dual Meet State Champions also

(State tournament consolation games are no longer played for Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball or Softball)

• In 2014 the Rio Rancho High School football team hosted, played and won their first State Championship game, finishing the season an undefeated 13-0.

Cross Country Individual State Champions[edit]

Rio Rancho High School has captured 1 individual State title through the 2014 season

Girls State Champions
Year Name Number of
Championships
1997 Danielle Longmire

Football Postseason Honors[edit]

The New Mexico High School Coaches Association (NMHSCA) produces All-State Teams for New Mexico High School Football.[6]

Football Rivalry with Cleveland[edit]

# Date Winning team Losing team Location
1 2009 Rio Rancho 50 V. Sue Cleveland 19 Rio Rancho High School
2 2010 V. Sue Cleveland 27 Rio Rancho 7 Cleveland High School
3 2011 V. Sue Cleveland 34 Rio Rancho 32 Rio Rancho High School
*4 2011 V. Sue Cleveland 42 Rio Rancho 28 Cleveland High School
5 2012 Rio Rancho 35 V. Sue Cleveland 0 Cleveland High School
6 2013 V. Sue Cleveland 28 Rio Rancho 14 Rio Rancho High School
7 2014 Rio Rancho 24 V. Sue Cleveland 22 Cleveland High School

Cleveland leads the series 4-3

(*) - indicates a State Playoff game

Volleyball Postseason Honors[edit]

The New Mexico High School Coaches Association (NMHSCA) produces All-State Teams for New Mexico High School Volleyball.[7]

Basketball Postseason Honors[edit]

The New Mexico High School Coaches Association (NMHSCA) produces All-State Teams for New Mexico High School Basketball.[8][9]

Wrestling Individual State Champions[edit]

Rio Rancho High School has captured 55 individual State titles through the 2014 season

Golf Individual State Champions[edit]

Rio Rancho High School has captured 2 individual State titles through the 2014 season

Boys State Champions
Year Name Number of
Championships
2007 Tim Madigan
2001 Trent Rommann

Softball Postseason Honors[edit]

The New Mexico High School Coaches Association (NMHSCA) produces All-State Teams for New Mexico High School Softball.[10]

Track and Field Individual State Champions[edit]

Rio Rancho High School has captured 31 individual State titles through the 2014 season

(*Event) - indicates a State Record also

• In 2004 Brandon McKinney set the current New Mexico state discus record with a throw of 183' 9"

• In 2014 Nicole Pendley set the current New Mexico state Javelin record with a throw of 142' 0"

• In 2014 the team of Danica Gallegos, Leilani Baker, Sasha Hickox and Molly Klein set the current New Mexico state 1600 Sprint Medley record with a time of 4:07.74

Rio Rancho High School Athletics Hall of Fame[edit]

In 2014 the inaugural inductees to the Rio Rancho High School Athletics Hall of Fame were selected, immortalizing the best of Rio Rancho's athletic programs.

Hall of Fame
Year Name Achievement
2014 Danyel Longmire (Athlete) 1997 Girls Cross Country State Champion
Trent Rommann (Athlete) 2001 Boys State Golf Champion
Toby Manzanares (Coach) 6X State Champion Volleyball Coach
Ron Murphy (Coach) 3X State Champion Baseball Coach
Paul Kohman (Coach) 2X State Champion Softball Coach
Uwe Balzis (Coach) State Champion Girls Soccer Coach
Tony Otero (Ram Contributor) Rio Rancho DQ Owner and Booster

Activities[edit]

Rio Rancho State Activity Championships[edit]

Rio Rancho High School offers a variety of interscholastic activities also sponsored by the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) in cooperation with other outside organizations to enhance a studies high school experience. Activities include: Athletic Training Challenge, Bowling, Chess, Choir, Concert Band, DECA Marketing Education, Drama, English Expo, FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), FFA, JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps), Mock Trial, Orchestra, Science Fair, Science Olympiad, Speech and Debate, and Student Council

RRHS has captured 8 State Championships, all in 5A/6A.

New Mexico Activities Association small logo.png State Championships
Activity Number State Champions Runner-up Third
Athletic Training Challenge 5 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
Bowling 3 2014, 2009, 2008 2012, 2010 2013
Chess 2014 2013
JROTC - Physical Fitness 2014
JROTC - Sporter Rifle 2014 2013

Athletic Training Challenge[edit]

The Athletic Training Challenge was started by the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) in conjunction with the New Mexico Athletic Trainer's Association (NMATA) to recognize Athletic Training as a sanctioned activity within New Mexico Schools.[11]

Bowling All-State Honors[edit]

The New Mexico High School Bowling Association (NMHSBA) produces All-State Teams for New Mexico High School Bowling.[12]

DECA Marketing Education[edit]

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.[13] At the 2013 State Conference RRHS was awarded the 1st place Chapter Banner.

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External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°15′52″N 106°40′04″W / 35.26444°N 106.66778°W / 35.26444; -106.66778