St. Michael's High School
|St. Michael's High School|
|100 Siringo Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505
|Motto||Enter to learn, leave to serve.|
|Established||1859 (chartered 1874)|
|Campus||Suburban, 25 acres|
Light Navy and White
|Athletics conference||NMAA, AAA Dist. 5|
|Rival||Pojoaque Valley High School
Santa Fe Indian School
Santa Fe High School
St. Michael's High School is a private Catholic junior/senior high school located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the state capital of New Mexico. It is privately run under the auspices of the international Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, better known as the De La Salle Christian Brothers. St. Michael's High School is founded on the LaSallian tradition, established by St. John Baptist de la Salle, and continues to operate according to the five core principles of the Lasallian tradition: Faith in the Presence of God, Respect for All Persons,Quality Education, Concern for the Poor and Social Justice, and Inclusive Community.
St. Michael's teaches grades 7 through 12 and has an enrollment of approximately 650 students. About 70% of the students identify as Catholic. St. Michael's is known for a strong academic program, including Advanced Placement classes, very dedicated and caring faculty and a highly successful athletic department. The school has a president/principal structure and is overseen by a Board of Trustees. The school operates on a trimester schedule.
St. Michael's High School was founded in 1859 as El Colegio de San Miguel in an adobe hut next to the San Miguel Mission on Old Santa Fe Trail, just east of the current state capitol building. In 1968 it moved to its current location at 100 Siringo Road in Santa Fe and became co-educational upon the closing of the Loretto Academy for Girls. The school includes two gymnasiums, athletics fields, and facilities for many other activities. Prior to the construction of the school at its Siringo Road location, the high school took on boarders from New Mexico and other states. St. Michael's remains the owner of the San Miguel Mission, reputed to be the oldest church west of the Mississippi River, as well as the "Oldest House" across the alleyway, said to be the remnants of an Indian pueblo.
Jean-Baptiste Lamy, the first bishop and archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico, recruited four Christian Brothers from his native France to establish the school. Brothers Hilarien, Gondulph, Geramius and Galmier Joseph arrived on October 27, 1859, after two and a half months of travel by ship, train and covered wagon. In 1870, the school nearly closed due to financial hardship and falling morale of the Brothers and students. Brother Peter J. Schneider, known as Brother Botulph, arrived to open a novitiate to train local student Brothers and recruit more Brothers to Santa Fe. In 1874, the territorial legislature granted the school a charter as the College of the Christian Brothers of New Mexico. In 1876, St. Michael’s conferred diplomas on its first graduates.
In the early decades of the twentieth century, the school's science labs were remodeled, the school’s first gymnasium, financed by alumni donations, was constructed, and athletic teams began competing in New Mexico’s interscholastic sports program. After World War I, the college program was dropped due to financial concerns.
Since 1967 there has been a gradual but steady increase in the number of lay teachers at St. Michael’s, as the Brothers grow older and retire. In 1988, St. Michael’s admitted its first lay person to the Board of Trustees and soon after hired its first lay, and first female, principal. Construction on new science laboratories, a student parking lot and the Tipton Sports Center occurred in 1997; the following decade saw construction of additional classroom building and improved athletic fields.
SMHS has won over 69 State Championships from NMAA sanctioned sports and events.
|Boys Cross Country||3A||2006, 2008|
|Girls Cross Country||3A||2005, 2006, 2007, 2008|
|Football||3A||1937, 1964, 1972, 2003, 2007, 2012|
|Girls Soccer||3A||1997, 2001, 2007, 2009|
|Wrestling||3A||1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 2010, 2012, 2013|
|Boys Basketball||1A-3A||1940, 1942, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007,2012|
|Boys Tennis||3A||1974, 1982, 1985|
|Boys Golf||3A||2009, 2010|
|Girls Golf||3A||2004, 2005, 2006|
|Girls Track & Field||3A||2004, 2005, 2006, 2007|
|Spirit-Dance Team||3A||1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004,
2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013