Las Cruces High School

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Las Cruces High School
Las Cruces High School.jpg
1755 El Paseo Road
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005
United States
Coordinates 32°17′30″N 106°46′05″W / 32.2916°N 106.7680°W / 32.2916; -106.7680Coordinates: 32°17′30″N 106°46′05″W / 32.2916°N 106.7680°W / 32.2916; -106.7680
Funding type Public
Founded 1918 (as Las Cruces Union High School), 1954 (consolidation of Las Cruces Public Schools)
School district Las Cruces Public Schools
Principal Jed Hendee
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,661[1] (2016–17)
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Red and blue
Athletics conference NMAA, 6A Dist. 3
Team name Bulldawgs
Communities served south and west Las Cruces, Mesilla, Talaveras, Mesilla Park, University Park, Tortugas

Las Cruces High School is a public high school in Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States. LCHS opened in 1954 and is the oldest public high school in Las Cruces. As of the 2016–17 school year, it serves 1,661 students from grades 9–12.[2]


Although the school's official history dates only to the formation of Las Cruces Public Schools in 1954, Las Cruces High School (LCHS) is considered the successor to the former Las Cruces Union High School (1918), which was located at the corner of Alameda and Picacho Avenues near downtown Las Cruces. LCHS inherited the Bulldog mascot and school colors from the former school, which served as a unified high school for the several smaller school districts that existed in the area before being consolidated to form LCPS. The present campus on El Paseo Road opened in 1956, at which point the old LCHS building was converted to house Alameda Junior High School. AJHS itself closed its doors in the early 1980s and the old building sat vacant for several years before being extensively renovated to house the Third Judicial District Court. The New Mexico Activities Association considers LCUHS and LCHS to be the same school and credits LCHS with all state titles won by the previous school.

LCHS "Bulldawgs" emblem
Aerial view of the former LCHS Building
Central Hallway, "D" Wing

The current campus has undergone numerous renovations and expansions since opening its doors in 1956. Among the more recent additions to the campus a vocational arts building was constructed in 1993, a new classroom wing and central hallway ("D" wing) were built in 1997, the music wing was renovated and a new band facility added between 1996 and 1998, the cafeteria was renovated and a commons area added in 2000, and another new classroom wing opened in 2002. Beginning in the summer of 2013, the campus underwent an extensive three-phase renovation, with a proposed budget of $84 million USD.[3]

El Paseo campus renovations[edit]

A multi-phase construction program was proposed to renovate the school. The contract was awarded to Wooten-Sundt joint construction venture, and construction for Phase I broke ground in 2014.[4]


LCHS has a long-standing rivalry with Mayfield, the city's second-oldest public high school, with the annual football clash between the schools routinely attracting more than 20,000 fans. LCHS and MHS have combined to win 13 of the past 19 New Mexico state championships in football, with the annual year-end game between the schools almost invariably determining the district title. With only two exceptions (1997 and 2004), either LCHS or MHS has played in the state championship game every year since 1995. In 2002 and 2013 LCHS and MHS played each other in the state championship game, and the schools also met in the state playoff semifinals in 2008, with the Bulldawgs victorious on all three occasions. Mayfield leads the overall series 27-22-1, but LCHS has won 6 of the past 8 meetings. The Mayfield-Las Cruces high school football rivalry was voted the 9th best in the nation by in 2008. The documentary film Cruces Divided is based on this rivalry.[5]


LCHS competes in the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA), as a class 6A school in District 3. In 2014, NMAA realigned the state's schools in to six classifications and adjusted district boundaries.[6] In addition to Las Cruces High School, the schools in District 3-6A include: Oñate High School, Mayfield High School, Gadsden High School, Hobbs High School, and Carlsbad High School (New Mexico). From its opening until the opening of the Pan American Center, the New Mexico State Aggies men's basketball team played its home games at the LCHS gym, and the West first round games of the 1959 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament were held there, one of only two high school gymnasiums to host games of the tournament (the other being Capitol Hill High School in Oklahoma City).

LCHS participates in an annual cross-town football rivalry with Mayfield High
Inside the LCHS main gymnasium
LCHS athletic fields and campus
North Commons

State championships[edit]

State championships
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Boys cross country 1 1972
Football 9 (8 official + 1 unofficial) 2013, 2012, 2008, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1975, 1959, 1925*†
Marching band 3 1986, 1984, 1979
Boys soccer 3 2013, 2007, 2004
Girls soccer 2 2005, 2003
Girls volleyball 5 2001, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1995
Winter Boys basketball 8 2013, 1976, 1975, 1961, 1960, 1959, 1945*, 1941*
Co-Ed cheerleading 5 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012
Girls swimming & diving 1 1983
Wrestling 2 1966, 1964
Spring Baseball 5 1963, 1962, 1961, 1957, 1952*
Softball 1 2013
Boys track and field 1 1962
Boys tennis 2 1996, 1995
Girls tennis 2 1997, 1996
Total 48

(*) Las Cruces Union High School

(†) Not officially recognized by NMAA, which does not recognize any state football titles before 1950.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ . National Center for Education Statistics Retrieved November 19, 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Las Cruces High". Las Cruces High School. 
  3. ^ "Cruces High construction $10M over budget". Las Cruces Sun-News. Retrieved 2018-01-20. 
  4. ^ "Wooten|Sundt Begins Construction on Las Cruces High School Project | Sundt". Sundt. Retrieved 2018-01-20. 
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  7. ^ "New Mexico State Football Champions" (PDF). New Mexico Activities Association.