St. Michael's High School

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St. Michael's High School
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100 Siringo Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505
United States
Type Private, coeducational
high school
Motto Enter to learn, leave to serve.
Established 1859 (chartered 1874)
President Taylor Gantt
Principal Sam Govea
Enrollment 755 [1]
Campus Suburban, 25 acres
Light Navy and White
Athletics conference NMAA, AAA Dist. 5
Mascot Horsemen
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.

SMHS competes in AAA, District 5, along with Hope Christian School, Sandia Preparatory School and Santa Fe Indian School. [2]

State Championships Class Year:
Boys Cross Country 3A 2006, 2008
Girls Cross Country 3A 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Football 3A 1937, 1964, 1972, 2003, 2007, 2012
Volleyball 3A 2002
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
Baseball 3A 2003, 2004
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
Cheer 3A 1982, 1986
Chess 3A 2012, 2014

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ SMHS At a Glance. Retrieved on 2012-06-22.
  2. ^ NM MVP Pub: Alignments. Retrieved on 2012-06-22.

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