Manzano High School
|Manzano High School|
"Where our diversity shines and our pride roars."
|12200 Lomas Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87111
|Type||Public high school|
|Color(s)||Purple, Silver, and White|
|Athletics conference||NMAA, 6A Dist. 2|
While still sophomores, Manzano's first senior class attended classes at Sandia High School (1959-1960), sharing the facility. The next school year (1960-1961), the Manzano students, now juniors, along with the new sophomore class, started the year at Sandia, and when the new school was ready, moved into Manzano High on December 19, 1960. Seniors in that year were allowed to stay at Sandia, regardless of which district they lived in, and so the new school opened with only sophomores and juniors attending. The first senior class was graduated at the end of the next school year, on June 6, 1962. The school has now been in operation at its original location for over fifty years. The current principal is Therese Carroll.
MHS 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. In addition to Manzano High School, the schools in District 2-6A include: Sandia High School, La Cueva High School, Eldorado High School and Highland High School.
In 1988, Manzano High School hosted the National Association of Student Councils National Conference which was led in effort by Activities Director/Student Council Adviser, Libby Tilley, who served as Executive Director of the New Mexico Association of Student Councils for roughly 18 years from 1993 to 2011.
In March 2006, the Monarch varsity boys basketball team defeated Alamogordo to win the Class 5A championship. It was Manzano's first state title in boys basketball since 1974.
- Holly Holm (2000), professional female mixed martial arts fighter, competing in the Women's UFC bantamweight division
- Lynne Russell, former CNN reporter
- Billy Smith, Former MLB player (California Angels, Baltimore Orioles, San Francisco Giants)
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