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Española Valley High School
1111 El Llano Road
Española, New Mexico 87532
United States
Coordinates 36°00′27″N 106°02′20″W / 36.0074°N 106.0390°W / 36.0074; -106.0390Coordinates: 36°00′27″N 106°02′20″W / 36.0074°N 106.0390°W / 36.0074; -106.0390
School type Public, High School
Founded 1920 (1920), 1975 (1975)
Principal Elizabeth Lucero
Enrollment 1,240 (2012–13)
Color(s)      Crimson and      Gold
Mascot Sundevil
Newspaper Sundevil Torch
Yearbook El Diablo del Sol

Española Valley High School (EVHS) is a Title-1 public senior high school of the Española Public Schools District, located in Española, New Mexico.[1][2] Nearly 3/4ths of the student body is made up of Hispanic students, EVHS is also known for recent academic improvements and i's AAAA boys' basketball program.[3] The school's once nationally renowned marching band appeared in the 1984 Tournament of Roses Parade.[4]

The school is located in the city limits in Fairview, a small suburb community in the southern part of Rio Arriba County. EVHS also serves the communities of Alcalde, Velarde as well as the northern part of Santa Fe County, including Chimayo, Santa Cruz, and Sombrillo. EVHS also attracts commuter students from other school districts and neighboring towns such as Dixon, Pojoaque and Santa Fe. For 2012–13, the student enrollment is 1,240 students.

The Mascot of EVHS is a "Sun Devil". However, the school refers to it as one word, Sundevils.[5]

Espanola Valley High School is scheduled for reconstruction starting in 2017.


Main entrance of EVHS

Española was founded with the introduction of the railroads in 1880;[6] with the railroads came an influx in population, private education existed until 1905, when the county saw a demand for public education. Two high schools opened, Santa Cruz High School just right out outside of Española in 1908, and Española High School opened in downtown in 1920. The schools were located on opposite sides of the Rio Grande.

Although both schools were operated by the same school district, administrators believed merger of schools was cost effective and the best decision for the town. Months later construction of EVHS school began, the location for the new school was on the El Llano mesa, on Española's east side. Doors opened to 10–12th graders in the fall semester of 1975 to over 950 students. The first graduating class was 1976, Merce Villareal was the first principal.[7]

While the new campus was under construction sporting events remained at the old Española High School due to a of a lack of funds. In 1979 a new sports complex was finally complete at the new high school campus along with the gymnasium, known today as Edward Medina Gymnasium.[8]


Lobby and commons area

At Espanola Valley High School, Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered at EVHS in almost every subject.[9] There are over 27 elective classes offered to students including concurrent enrollment at Northern New Mexico College.[10]

Students of EVHS are on an individualized four–year otherwise known as the "Next–Step plan" due to standards-based curriculum set up by the district and state. Since 2011, a student is required 24 credit hours to graduate from EVHS, previously only 23 were needed.


Torch award

EVHS Students who have earned a 3.5 GPA yearly and involved in extracurricular activities (including athletics), can apply and are considered for the award. The Torch award is the most prestigious honorary award of its kind at EVHS. The award was created by former principal Bruce Hopmeier in 2005.[11]

State testing

NMPED state assessment

The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) replaced the "No Child Left Behind Act" and AYP testing with a new school grading formula, which took effect for the 2010–11 school year. The grade is calculated using many forms of testing, and includes graduation rates.[12]

Administration and student body


Student statistics

The student body at EVHS is mostly made up of mostly middle class and lower class students, there are a few upper middle class students enrolled,[13] although Rio Arriba County has a median income that is significantly lower than the national average.[14] Over 15% of students at EVHS are considered economically disadvantaged and receive free or reduced lunches.[15]

Ethnicity This School State Average
White (not hispanic) 19.4% 29%
Hispanic (of any race) 70.6% 56%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 8.8% 11%
African American 0.3% 3%
Pacific Islander 0.9% 1%

Extracurricular activities

Athletics program

Edward Medina gymnasium; the largest high school basketball facility in the state of New Mexico.[8]
2010 State Basketball Championship game, #2 Española vs. #1 Roswell, in front of a sold-out crowd at The Pit.

Española Valley High School competes in the New Mexico Activities Association, they are classified as a 5A school in District 2[16] along with: Bernalillo High School, Capital High School, Del Norte High School and Los Alamos High School.[17]

Throughout its history, Espanola Valley competed in 4A (until early 2014), capturing three state championships in various sports, and eleven individual state champions. Many graduates have gone to participate in NCAA Division I, Division II, and Division III athletics. In 2007, the school set a New Mexico High School record for major NCAA scholarships for 8 graduating seniors.[18][19] In 1989 and 2002 the school was voted by the NMAA with the "Sportsmanship Award".

Boys basketball

Since 2006, EVHS has competed in the post–season state tournaments. The program has been coached by Richard Martinez since 2004. The team made its first state tournament in the 2006 season, quarterfinals in 2007, semi-finals in 2008, and 2009. In the 2010 season the Sundevils made it to the state finals, losing to Roswell High School (63–60) at University Arena.[20][21][22] After five years of appearances in the tournament the Sundevils captured the state title in the 2011 season as the #2 seed, defeating Goddard High School (55–52) with the leadership of senior Rodney Coles. Their record was 22–9.[23]


EVHS has maintained a rivalry with Los Alamos High School[24] in most competitive sports since opening. Other rivals include: Santa Fe High School.[25]

State championships

State Championships[26][27][28]
Season Sport Number State Champions Runner-up Third
Fall Cross Country, Boys 0 1996, 1995 1990, 1989, 1988
Cross Country, Girls 1 1992 1996, 1993 1995, 1994, 1991
Volleyball 0 2006
Winter Basketball, Boys 2 2011, 2016 2010
Spirit/Cheer 1 1995 2007, 2004, 1996, 1994, 1993 1997
Total 4
Individual State Champions[29][30][31][32]
Name Sport Year Event Class
2012 Michael Aragon Track & Field Javelin – 166' 09" AAAA
2010 Mariano Montoya Wrestling #145 (Weight) AAAA
2009 Dylan Dominguez Wrestling #112 (Weight) AAAA
2005 Don Medina Wrestling #160 (Weight) AAAA
2003 Joshua Garcia Track & Field Discus – 154' 11" AAAA
2001 Jesse Berryhill Wrestling #215 (Weight) AAAA
2001 Jolen David Montoya Track & Field 200 Meter Dash AAAA
1992 Sean Abram Wrestling #130 (Weight) AAAA
1990 Alvin Martinez Wrestling #103 (Weight) AAAA
1988 Annabelle Ortiz Cross Country Time: 20:00 AAAA
1981 Jesus Coronado Wrestling #138 (Weight) AAAA
1979 Chris Medina Wrestling #105 (Weight) AAAA

Music program


Española Valley High's Band "Sound of Northern New Mexico", led by Robert Felix, was nationally renowned. Throughout the 1980s the band attended many competitions, including many college bowl games.[33][34] In 1984, the Band attended the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, the band was sent an invitation from the committee, a first for the parade.[35] EVHS is only 1 out of 4 schools in New Mexico to attend and march in the Rose Parade.[4]


In the late 1990s there no longer was a marching band at Española Valley. Music teacher Alfonso Trujillo started a small mariachi band as an elective class. The group was named "Mariachi Sol del Valle" and performed for local events for several years. In 2008 when Presidential candidate Barack Obama stopped in Espanola for a campaign rally the band performed in the event.[36] Months later the schools band received an invitation from out of 1,400 schools throughout the country to be a participant in the 2009 Presidential inaugural parade in Washington, D.C.[37][38][39]

Student organizations

There are over 45 clubs, organizations and extracurricular activities at EVHS,[40] Most notable are the Supercomputing Challenge which has received many awards from state competitions,[41] M.E.S.A, "The Sundevil Torch", the school's official student run newspaper,[42] Student School Improvement team, and the Student Council.

Student Council

The EVHS Student Council is a member of the New Mexico Association of Student Councils (NMASC), it attends their state conferences every year.

During the 2013-14 school year, an EVHS student was elected as the State President, becoming the first ever elected state officer from the school. Previously, the student served as State Secretary from 2011–12, thus becoming the first state student council officer to be from EVHS.[43] In the fall of 2011, the EVHS Student Council was selected to be the host school for the annual conference and hosted the 2014 NMASC State Conference.[44]


The EVHS Student Council has recently received distinguished awards from the NMASC:[45]

  • State Conference Host School – 2014
  • Gold Level Student Council of the Year – 2013
  • Exemplary Student Council of the Year – 2013

Notable alumni


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