Highland High School (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

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Highland High School
Highland Hornets mascot.png
Motivate. Educate. Graduate.
4700 Coal Avenue SE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108,

United States
Type Public high school
Established Opened: Fall 1949
Principal Marco Harris
Enrollment 1500
Color(s) Navy and Gold          
Athletics conference NMAA, 6A Dist. 2
Mascot 'Herbie' the Hornet or the Hornets
Rivals Manzano High
Albuquerque High

Highland High School is a public high school located in southeast Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is part of the Albuquerque Public Schools District. Their mascot is Herbie the Hornet. The school mascot was named after a Naval ship, the USS Hornet. This leads to the school colors of navy blue and gold. The Navy also conducts a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps as an elective in the curriculum.

Highland's We The People (Competition) team has won the state championship since 2000 (with the exception of 2006). The team is coached by Steve Seth and Bob Coffey. On December 9, 2004, the team claimed its fifth state championship. When they went on to Nationals, they came in 4th place in the nation in 2005. In April, 2007 the We The People team received the Mountain Plains Regional Championship in the National Finals. In December 2007, the We The People team clinched yet another state championship, and went on to compete in Washington D.C., where their Unit 2 was awarded a unit award. In April 2014 the We the People team placed 10th in the nation in Washington DC.[citation needed]

Highland High school has a very diverse population with students from many cultures and all socio-economic backgrounds. Many foreign exchange students also attend the school each year. The school has a strong International Students Club that produces an annual Multicultural Assembly that showcases performance arts from the various cultures represented at Highland and is performed by both students and staff members.

A number of scenes in movies and TV shows have been filmed at Highland including Spy School, starring Taylor Gilster as Pickleman, a nice little boy who ends up falling in love with his pet rock; the 2009 movie Carriers; and the pilot episode for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Highland is popular among producers due to the architecture of the main building, and due to the tax credits that the state of New Mexico has recently begun offering to movie producers.[citation needed]

On Season 3 of the acclaimed AMC series Breaking Bad a scene was filmed inside the Highland gymnasium


Clubs and organizations at Highland[edit]

  • Anime Club
  • BSU (Black Student Union)
  • Chess Club
  • ComicBook Club
  • Concert Band
  • DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America)
  • Empower
  • Enlace
  • French Honor Society
  • Gamers' Club
  • Green Thumb Club
  • QSA (Queer Straight Alliance)
  • HADD (Hornets Against Drinking & Drug Use)
  • Hermanitos
  • Highland MC's
  • International Club
  • Jazz Band
  • Key Club
  • Lacrosse
  • LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens)
  • Marching Band
  • MECHA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán)
  • MESA (Math Engineering Science Achievement)
  • Model UN
  • National Honors Society
  • Native American Leadership Council
  • Newspaper
  • NJROTC (Naval Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps)
  • Skateboarding Club
  • Spanish Honor Society
  • Speech and Debate
  • Student Senate
  • The Highlight (School Newspaper)
  • We The People
  • Yearbook


Football was ranked #2 in the 2006 state tournament. Highland football earned an additional bid in the 2008 state playoffs. The boys' soccer team was ranked second and the girls' soccer team finished third in the 2007 5A State Tournament. The #3-ranked boys' basketball team finished as runner-up in the 2009 state championship. Also, in 2009, boys' basketball set a school record with a 26-win season. Highland Track held the state title in 2005. The cross-country team was ranked #2 in the state in 2005 and 2006. The boys' track-and-field team won the 2009 5A state championship. The girls' track-and-field team won the 2010 5A state championship. The Hornets have a total of 22 boys' track-and-field state championship.

HHS competes in the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) as a class 6A school in District 2. In 2014, NMAA realigned the state's schools into six classifications and adjusted district boundaries.[1] In addition to Highland High School, the schools in District 2-6A include Sandia High School, La Cueva High School, Eldorado High School and Manzano High School.

Notable alumni[edit]


http://www.highlandhornets.com/users/hhhsschool/Data/Blurbs/SI/thehistorywithphotos.doc?20080608221204[dead link]

  1. ^ http://www.nmact.org/file/Section_4.pdf
  2. ^ Nathanson, Rick (April 2004). "Former Albuquerquean has gotten scoop on big stories". The Albuquerque Journal. p. 4. 

External links[edit]

Prior class web sites[edit]

Coordinates: 35°4′28.46″N 106°35′30.90″W / 35.0745722°N 106.5919167°W / 35.0745722; -106.5919167