La Cueva High School

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La Cueva High School
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La Cueva High School
7801 Wilshire Ave. NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87122
United States
Type Public high school
Established 1986
Principal Dana Lee
Enrollment 2,226
Campus Suburban
Color(s)      Navy Blue
Athletics conference NMAA, 6A Dist. 2
Mascot Bear
Rival Eldorado High School

La Cueva High School is a public high school located in northeast Albuquerque, New Mexico within the Albuquerque Public Schools District. Its mascot is the Bears. The La Cueva feeder schools include Desert Ridge, Madison, and Eisenhower middle schools, Dennis Chavez, Double Eagle, E. G. Ross, Hubert Humphrey, and North Star elementary schools. La Cueva opened in 1986 with 1200 students.[1]

School Grade[edit]

The NMPED (New Mexico Public Education department) replaced the No Child Left Behind Act and AYP testing with a new school grading formula, which took effect for the 2010-11 school years. The grade is calculated using many forms of testing, and includes graduation rates.[2]

School Year Grade from NMPED
2010–11 A


La Cueva has been a New Mexico Exemplary School for the past three years, and the only APS high school to meet AYP.[citation needed] According to, the La Cueva is one of few high schools in the state to receive a GreatSchools rating of 10 of 10. The website also indicates school standardized test scores are the highest of any high school in the city. La Cueva has been recognized nationally by Redbook magazine as a "School of Excellence" and offers a variety of practical, fine arts, social studies courses, and numerous math and science classes. La Cueva's Academic Decathlon team has won multiple state championships and been recognized for excellence with outstanding performances at the national level.[citation needed] The JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society) TEAMS teams have been state champions every year since 1992.[citation needed] DECA: Association of Marketing Students program has had many students place in national marketing competitions. The Model United Nations program has won 8 state first places and finished 3rd in the National Model UN program. Frances Gruette, a teacher of AP Calculus AB, was awarded one of the Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement.[3]

La Cueva has had national winners in the National Counsel of Teachers of English (NCTE) writing awards for the past eight years. Journalism and yearbook students have achieved state and national recognition for their work on school publications.[citation needed] A number of La Cueva graduates are journalists writing for news publications throughout the country. The school has produced over 150 National Merit Scholarship Finalists since 1988.[citation needed]


LCHS competes in the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA), as a class 6A school in District 2. In 2014, NMAA realigned the state's schools in to six classifications and adjusted district boundaries.[4] In addition to La Cueva High School, the schools in District 2-6A include: Sandia High School, Manzano High School, Eldorado High School and Highland High School.

LCHS competes in 18 NMAA Sport-Activity Events.

State Champions (since opening in 1986) in AAAA/AAAAA.[edit]


  • JROTC (10) - 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Drill Team (2) - 1989, 1993
  • Bowling (1) - 2008
  • Ice Hockey (1) - 2005

During the 2004 and 2005 school year, the Bears baseball team briefly held the national record for consecutive wins. The Bears football team was undefeated for two seasons, losing its third game in the 2004 year.[citation needed]

According to the school's website, since 1986 the school has won a total of sixty-nine state championships, 226 district championships, and has been selected as the NMAA All-Sports Trophy winner 11 times for boys and 8 times for girls, and were awarded the first ever Directors Cup honoring the total athletic program for the 2004-2005 academic year. The school's first state championship came in 1987 as the La Cueva Girls' Cross Country team won the NM AAAA State Championship. La Cueva has had 29 High School All-Americans, 12 Gatorade Athletes of the Year, 6 APS Athletes of the Year, and 5 Tribune Athletes of the Year. Former Bears include Olympians Lance Ringnald (88) and Nate DiPalma (93). Collegiate All-Americans include Amy Warner (01), Kristen Graczyk (02), Jamie MacArthur (04), Randy Wells (07), Richie Hansen (95), Jennifer Hommert (95), Anna Tuttle (95), Doug Zembiec (91), Jeff Rowland (02), Lauren Goldfarb (09). AJ Bramlett (Basketball) (95) played on the University of Arizona's national championship team and Nick Speegle (2000) was drafted and plays football for the Cleveland Browns. Sports Illustrated ranked the Bears as the 24th best overall sports high school in the country.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ La Cueva High School website
  2. ^
  3. ^ The Siemens' Foundation
  4. ^
  5. ^ Wang, Jack (May 22, 2013). "Bryce Alford invited to USA U19 training camp". Inside UCLA. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ Herron, Gary (January 9, 2010). "Former Wildcat and La Cueva Bear now works in radio in Rio Rancho". Rio Ranhcho Observer. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ "School Information". La Cueva High School. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Doogie Howser Graduates From N.m. High School". Orlando Sentinel. May 26, 1991. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Twins followed separate paths to realize their dreams". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. August 21, 1999. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ Herron, Gary (July 3, 2011). "New Mexican a step away from 'The Show'". Rio Rancho Observer. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ Sickenger, Ken (September 14, 2005). "La Cueva Graduate James Parr Is Becoming a Star in the Braves' Farm System". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  12. ^ Lee, Sally (July 1, 2008). Freddie Prinze, Jr: From Shy Guy to Movie Star. Enslow Publishers, Inc. p. 30. ISBN 9780766029651. 
  13. ^ Guerrero, Maria (July 6, 2012). "Albuquerque native to compete in the Olympics". KOB. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  14. ^ Sickenger, Ken (July 15, 2012). "Ex-Lobo Solomon To Realize Olympic Dream". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Nick Speegle, OLB, New Mexico". USA Today. May 18, 2005. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  16. ^ Steinberg, David (January 11, 1998). "La Cueva graduate builds career in music.". Albuquerque Journal. HighBeam Research. Retrieved April 20, 2014. (subscription required (help)). 
  17. ^ "NM Marine killed in Iraq". Associated Press. La Cruces Sun-News. May 13, 2007. Retrieved April 20, 2014.

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Coordinates: 35°10′59″N 106°33′18″W / 35.183°N 106.555°W / 35.183; -106.555