Albuquerque Public Schools

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Albuquerque Public Schools
Type and location
Motto Expect great things!
Established 1891
Country United States
Location Albuquerque, New Mexico
District information
Superintendent Brad Winter (interim)
Students and staff
Students about 95,000
Teachers 6,500
Other information
Website www.aps.edu

Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) is a school district based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Founded in 1891, APS is the largest of 89 public school districts in the state of New Mexico. In 2010 it had a total of 139 schools with some 95,000 students,[1] making it one of the largest school districts in the United States. APS operates 89 elementary, 27 middle, and 13 high schools, as well as 10 alternative schools.

History[edit]

Albuquerque Public Schools was founded in 1891, shortly after the New Mexico Territorial Legislature passed a new public education law authorizing municipalities to establish school boards and sell municipal bonds for school construction. The district acquired its first school by taking over the former Albuquerque Academy at Central and Edith, and classes began that fall. Primary schools were established in each of the city's four political wards in the early 1890s, and a new Central School for the upper grades opened in 1900.[2] In 1911, the district appointed superintendent John Milne, who oversaw the school system until 1956 and was credited with much of its success.[3]

With the city continuing to grow rapidly, a new high school building was constructed in 1914. Critics complained that the school was too large and would never reach its capacity of 500 students, but this proved not to be the case as a second building was required just 13 years later and the campus had grown to five buildings by 1940. In 1923 the district added two junior high schools, Washington and Lincoln, and two elementary schools at the expanding fringes of the city, John Marshall in the south and University Heights in the east.[3] The outdated old ward schools were phased out between 1927 and 1937, to be replaced by Longfellow, Eugene Field, Coronado, and Lew Wallace elementary schools, respectively. The district continued to expand with the city's growth to the east, adding Monte Vista Elementary in 1931, Jefferson Junior High in 1938, and Bandelier Elementary in 1939.

Albuquerque's population exploded in the postwar era, and APS had to add new schools continuously to keep up, including the city's second high school, Highland, in 1949. APS also took over the Bernalillo County public school system that same year, bringing in schools in the older rural communities along the Rio Grande valley and in the mountains. In 1956 the district boasted 39,000 students and 67 schools, the two most distant of which were 52 miles (84 km) apart.[4] Declining enrollments saw several inner-city schools closed in the 1970s, though the district as a whole continued to grow, and more recent demographic shifts have seen Coronado and Lew Wallace elementary schools reopen. In 1994, the Rio Rancho schools were spun off as a separate school district. In 2010, APS recorded nearly 100,000 students.

Schools[edit]

As of 2015, APS operates 89 elementary schools (grades K–5), 27 middle schools (grades 6–8) and 13 high schools (grades 9–12). The following list is adapted from the APS website.[5]

High schools[edit]

School Mascot Location Enrollment Opened
Albuquerque Bulldogs 800 Odelia Rd. NE 1741 1879
Atrisco Heritage Jaguars 10800 Dennis Chavez Blvd. SW 2476 2008
Cibola Cougars 1510 Ellison Dr. NW 1859 1976
Del Norte Knights 5323 Montgomery Blvd. NE 1264 1964
Eldorado Eagles 11300 Montgomery Blvd. NE 1917 1970
Highland Hornets 4700 Coal Avenue. SE 1632 1949
La Cueva Bears 7801 Wilshire Ave. NE 1897 1986
Manzano Monarchs 12200 Lomas Blvd. NE 1843 1960
Rio Grande Ravens 2300 Arenal Rd. SW 1618 1959
Sandia Matadors 7801 Candelaria Rd. NE 1956 1958
Valley Vikings 1505 Candelaria Rd. NW 1371 1954
Volcano Vista Hawks 8100 Rainbow Rd. NW 2238 2007
West Mesa Mustangs 6701 Fortuna Rd. NW 1,654 1966

Middle schools[edit]

School Mascot Location Enrollment Opened Notes
Cleveland Colts 6910 Natalie St. NE 671 1963
Desert Ridge Diamondbacks 8400 Barstow St. NE 1045 1997
Eisenhower Generals 11001 Camero Rd. NE 889 1975
Ernie Pyle Warriors 1820 Valdora Rd. SW 692 1948[6] Annexed from Bernalillo County district[6] c. 1949
Garfield Gray Wolves 3501 6th St. NW 349 1951
Grant Eagles 1111 Easterday Dr. NE 627 1961
Harrison Roadrunners 3912 Isleta Blvd. SW 987 1960
Hayes Huskies 1100 Texas St. NE 379 1963
Hoover Hawks 12015 Tivoli Ave. NE 686 1966
Jackson Jaguars 10600 Indian School Rd. NE 596 1958
James Monroe Raptors 6100 Paradise Blvd. NW 981 2001
Jefferson Jets 712 Girard Blvd. NE 918 1938
Jimmy Carter Cavaliers 8901 Bluewater Rd. NW 1345 2000
John Adams Panthers 5401 Glenrio Rd. NW 713 1956
Kennedy Cougars 721 Tomasita St. NE 519 1965
L.B. Johnson Coyotes 6811 Taylor Ranch Dr. NW 926 1992
Madison Magic 3501 Moon St. NE 757 1959
McKinley Comets 4500 Comanche Rd. NE 640 1956
Polk Patriots 2220 Raymac Rd. SW 460 1968
Roosevelt Rams 11799 South Highway 14, Tijeras 357 1950
Taft Trojans 620 Schulte Rd. NW 539 1958
Taylor Thunderbirds 8200 Guadalupe Trl. NW 511 1964
Tony Hillerman Thunder 8101 Rainbow Blvd. NW 915 2009
Truman Tigers 9400 Benavides Rd. SW 1437 1975
Van Buren Falcons 700 Louisiana Blvd. SE 604 1960
Washington Raiders 1101 Park Ave. SW 513 1923
Wilson Wildcats 1138 Cardenas Dr. SE 545 1953

Elementary schools[edit]

School Mascot Location Enrollment Opened Notes
7 Bar Wranglers 4501 Seven Bar Loop NW 861 2002
A. Montoya Mountain Lions 24 Public School Rd., Tijeras 332 1949[7]
Acoma Mustangs 11800 Princess Jeanne Ave. NE 194 1958[8] Permanent location opened 1959; previously occupied a temporary facility at Princess Jeanne park[8]
Adobe Acres Thunderbirds 1724 Camino Del Valle SW 565 1964
Alameda Mustangs 412 Alameda Blvd. NW 255 1913[9] Annexed from Bernalillo County district c. 1949
Alamosa Bobcats 6500 Sunset Gardens Rd. SW 679 1959
Alvarado All Stars 1100 Solar Rd. NW 405 1948[6] Annexed from Bernalillo County district[6] c. 1949
Apache Coyotes 12800 Copper St. NE 427 1967
Armijo Roadrunners 1440 Gatewood Rd. SW 393 1914[10] Formerly Ranchos de Atrisco, Old Armijo. Annexed from Bernalillo County district c. 1949. Moved to current location in 1960; former building still standing at 1021 Isleta Blvd. SW
Arroyo Del Oso Bears 6504 Harper Dr. NE 425 1974
Atrisco Panthers 1201 Atrisco Rd. SW 337 1918[9] Annexed from Bernalillo County district c. 1949
Bandelier Banda Bears 3309 Pershing St. SE 549 1939
Barcelona Bobcats 2311 Barcelona Rd. SW 541 1936[11] Formerly Atrisco Annex; annexed from Bernalillo County district c. 1949
Bel-Air Bengals 4725 Candelaria Rd. NE 385 1952[12]
Bellehaven 8701 Princess Jeanne Ave. NE 330 1966
Carlos Rey Coyotes 1215 Cerrillos Rd. SW 748 1959
Chamiza Jackrabbits 5401 Homestead Cir. NW 582 1995
Chaparral Roadrunners 6325 Milne Rd. NW 912 1984
Chelwood Cheetahs 12701 Constitution Ave. NE 608 1968
Cochiti Cougars 3100 San Isidro Rd. NW 289 1961
Collet Park Roadrunners 2100 Morris St. NE 351 1961
Comanche Cubs 3505 Pennsylvania St. NE 413 1966
Coronado Caballeros 601 4th St. SW 279 1937[13] Closed 1975–2009
Corrales Cubs 200 Target Rd., Corrales 456 1923[14] Formerly Sandoval. Annexed by APS in 1956[15]
Dennis Chavez Panthers 7500 Barstow St. NE 660 1978
Dolores Gonzales Tigers 900 Atlantic St. SW 419 1975
Double Eagle Eagles 8901 Lowell Dr. NE 507 1996
Duranes c. 1900 2436 Zickert Rd. NW 340 Annexed from Bernalillo County district c. 1947
E.G. Ross Rams 6700 Palomas Ave. NE 498 1983
East San Jose Conquistadores 415 Thaxton Ave. SE 588 1908[16] Formerly San Jose; annexed from Bernalillo County district c. 1949
Edward Gonzales Pandas 554 90th St. SW 675 2004
Emerson Eagles 620 Georgia St. SE 387 1952[17]
Eubank Beagles 9717 Indian School Rd. NE 495 1956
Eugene Field Bullpups 700 Edith Blvd. SE 380 1927
Georgia O'Keeffe Rams 11701 San Victorio Ave. NE 611 1989
Governor Bent Cougars 5700 Hendrix Rd. NE 553 1963
Griegos Mustangs 4040 San Isidro St. NW 365 1915[9] Formerly Griegos-Candelarias; annexed from Bernalillo County district c. 1949
H. Humphrey Hawks 9801 Academy Hills Dr. NE 480 1978
Hawthorne Dragons 420 General Somervell St. NE 499 1954[18]
Helen Cordero 8800 Eucariz Ave. SW 836 2009
Hodgin Hawks 3801 Morningside Dr. NE 600 1956[19] Permanent location opened 1958; previously occupied a temporary facility at Bel-Air Elementary[20]
Inez Rockets 1700 Pennsylvania St. NE 461 1952[12]
John Baker Bobcats 12015-B Tivoli Ave. NE 550 1966[21] Formerly Aspen
Kirtland Eagles 3530 Gibson Blvd. SE 371 1961
Kit Carson Eagles 1921 Byron Ave. SW 546 1940[22][10] Formerly New Armijo; annexed from Bernalillo County district c. 1949. Moved to current location in 1970; former building still standing at 1730 Valdora Rd. SW
La Luz Leopards 225 Griegos Rd. NW 236 1947[23] Formerly North Stronghurst; annexed from Bernalillo County district[24] c. 1949
La Mesa Wildcats 7500 Copper Ave. NE 744 c. 1938[25] Annexed from Bernalillo County district c. 1947. Originally located near Louisiana and Copper NE; moved to current location in 1940[25]
Lavaland Volcanoes 501 57th St. NW 654 1946 Annexed from Bernalillo County district[26] c. 1949
Lew Wallace Bear Cubs 513 6th St. NW 298 1934 Closed 1974–1992[27]
Longfellow Prairie Dogs 400 Edith Blvd. NE 310 1927
Los Padillas Roadrunners 2525 Los Padillas Rd. SW 280 1912[9] Annexed from Bernalillo County district c. 1949
Los Ranchos Roadrunners 7609 4th St. NW 362 1914[9] Annexed from Bernalillo County district c. 1949
Lowell Unicorns 1700 Sunshine Terrace SE 396 1954
M.A. Binford Bears 1400 Corriz Dr. SW 909 1984
MacArthur Monarchs 1100 MacArthur Rd. NW 256 1948[6][23] Annexed from Bernalillo County district[6] c. 1949
Manzano Mesa 801 Elizabeth St. SE 736 2004
Marie M. Hughes Huskies 5701 Mojave St. NW 608 1981
Mark Twain Frogs 6316 Constitution Ave. NE 374 1954
Matheson Park Mustangs 10809 Lexington St. NE 316 1967
McCollum Mustangs 10900 San Jacinto Ave. NE 344 1961
Mission Avenue Thunderbirds 725 Mission Ave. NE 437 1953
Mitchell Mustangs 10121 Comanche Rd. NE 431 1962
Monte Vista Penguins 3211 Monte Vista Blvd. NE 506 1931
Montezuma Cougars 3100 Indian School Rd. NE 516 1953
Mountain View Mountain Lions 5317 2nd St. SW 409 1909[28] Annexed from Bernalillo County district c. 1949
Navajo Osos 2936 Hughes Rd. SW 690 1967
North Star Wolves 9301 Ventura St. NE 745 2005
Onate Coyotes 12415 Brentwood Hills Blvd. NE 227 1973
Osuna Tigers 4715 Moon St. NE 447 1968
Painted Sky Coyotes 8101 Gavin Dr. NW 1047 1998
Pajarito Eagles 2701 Don Felipe Rd. SW 608 1918[9] Annexed from Bernalillo County district c. 1949. Moved to current location in 1993; former campus still standing at 5816 Isleta Blvd. SW[29]
Petroglyph Macaws 5100 Marna Lynn Ave. NW 743 1992
Reginald Chavez Tigers 2700 Mountain Rd. NW 359 1904[30] Formerly Old Town; annexed from Bernalillo County district c. 1947. Originally located at 115 Rio Grande Blvd. NW; moved to current location in 1955.[31] Former building demolished c. 1955
Rudolfo Anaya Jackalopes 2800 Vermejo Park Dr. SW 797 2009
S.R. Marmon Lobos 1800 72nd St. NW 866 1989
S.Y. Jackson Jaguars 4720 Cairo Dr. NE 572 1971
San Antonito Roadrunners 12555 North Hwy. 14, Sandia Park 296 1958
Sandia Base Mustangs 21001 Wyoming Blvd. SE 493 1949
Sierra Vista Scorpions 10220 Paseo del Norte NW 773 1966
Sombra Del Monte Roadrunners 9110 Shoshone Rd. NE 390 1954[18]
Sunset View Mountain Lions 6121 Paradise Blvd. NW 550 2009
Tierra Antigua Firebirds 8121 Rainbow Blvd. NW 841 2009
Tomasita Tigers 701 Tomasita St. NE 388 1973
Valle Vista Vikings 1700 Mae Ave. SW 591 1952[12]
Ventana Ranch Roadrunners 6801 Ventana Village Rd. NW 784 2004
Wherry Rockets Bldg. 25000- KAFB East 525 1952
Whittier Lions 1110 Quincy St. SE 458 1950
Zia Eagles 440 Jefferson St. NE 391 1950
Zuni Eagles 6300 Claremont Ave. NE 420 1958[8] Permanent location opened 1960; previously occupied a temporary facility at Bel-Air Elementary[8][20]

Alternative schools[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Table 104. Enrollment, poverty, and federal funds for the 100 largest school districts, by enrollment size in 2010: Fall 2010, 2009-10, and federal fiscal year 2012". Digest of Education Statistics 2013. U.S. Department of Education: Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics. January 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Territorial Education, 1846–1912". Albuquerque Historical Society. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Statehood Education, 1912-1945". Albuquerque Historical Society. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ "39,000 Children Count Days Again Until School Opens". Albuquerque Journal. August 19, 1956. p. 19. 
  5. ^ "School Directory". Albuquerque Public Schools. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "County Schools to Eliminate Railroad Crossings by Buses Next Fall". Albuquerque Journal. April 20, 1948. 
  7. ^ Piper, Ann (2014). Education in Albuquerque. Charleston, SC: Arcadia. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Fire and School Officials Decry Use of Barracks". Albuquerque Journal. August 7, 1958. p. 2. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f Montoya, A. (1924). "The Consolidated Schools of Bernalillo County New Mexico". Rural School Leaflet (U.S. Department of the Interior) 22. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Old Armijo School" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Atrisco School's Annex Dedicated; Donors Honored". Albuquerque Journal. September 25, 1936. p. 4. 
  12. ^ a b c "Public School Zones Undergo Some Changes". Albuquerque Journal. August 28, 1952. p. 4. 
  13. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Coronado School" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  14. ^ Davis, Mary P. (2010). Corrales. Charleston, SC: Arcadia. p. 92. 
  15. ^ "Public School Children's Summer Vacations Have Only Five Weeks to Go". Albuquerque Journal. July 22, 1956. p. 23. 
  16. ^ "Work on New San Jose School". Albuquerque Evening Citizen. March 13, 1908. p. 7. 
  17. ^ "New City Grade School Named for Emerson". Albuquerque Journal. September 7, 1952. p. 24. 
  18. ^ a b "Officials to See New Elementary Schools Today". Albuquerque Journal. March 26, 1954. p. 34. 
  19. ^ "Bids on Moving Buildings Opened". Albuquerque Journal. September 22, 1956. p. 2. 
  20. ^ a b "Before/After". Albuquerque Journal. August 14, 1958. p. 30. 
  21. ^ "NE School Roof Falls; Classes Out for Week". Albuquerque Journal. February 8, 1968. p. A16. 
  22. ^ "Old Armijo Anniversary". Albuquerque Journal. May 5, 1954. p. 9. 
  23. ^ a b "MacArthur School Will Open Soon". Albuquerque Journal. March 30, 1948. p. 11. 
  24. ^ "New School To Open Jan. 27". Albuquerque Journal. January 16, 1947. p. 2. 
  25. ^ a b "La Mesa Presbyterian Church: History". Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Lavaland School to Open Monday". Albuquerque Journal. January 2, 1946. p. 6. 
  27. ^ Schoellkopf, Andrea (April 22, 2005). "Downtown School Celebrates Past, Future". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  28. ^ Chavez, Helen. "Early History of the Mountain View School" (PDF). Albuquerque Public Schools. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  29. ^ Schoellkopf, Andrea (September 25, 2010). "CNM Celebration". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Creditable Act". Albuquerque Citizen. August 27, 1904. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  31. ^ "New Schools Are Needed". Albuquerque Journal. February 6, 1955. p. 30.