Rio Rancho High School

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Rio Rancho High School
Rio Rancho High School.png
301 Loma Colorado Rd. NE
Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124
United States
Type Public high school
Established 1997
Principal Sherri Carver
Enrollment 2,477[1] (2013–14)
Campus Suburban
Navy Blue, Hunter Green, and White
Athletics conference NMAA, 6A Dist. 1
Mascot Ram
Rival Cleveland High

Rio Rancho High School is a public high school located in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. It is part of the Rio Rancho Public Schools.


Established in 1997, much of the money to build RRHS came from the Intel Corporation.[citation needed] Most of its students came from nearby Cibola High School in Albuquerque.[citation needed]

In 2008, due to overcrowding Rio Rancho Public Schools built the new V. Sue Cleveland High School, which opened in August 2009. In 2009, incoming 9th through 11th grade students who resided south of Northern Blvd began attend Rio Rancho High School and all residing north of Northern Blvd began to attend V. Sue Cleveland High School. The class of 2010 continued to attend Rio Rancho High School regardless of where they resided in Rio Rancho.

President Obama gives a speech in the "RAC" athletic facility

President Barack Obama hosted a Town Hall meeting at the high school on May 20, 2009 regarding credit card reform.[2][3]


The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED)[4] replaced the No Child Left Behind Act and Adequate Yearly Progress (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.[5]

School Year Grade from NMPED
2014–15 A
2013–14 A
2012–13 A
2011–12 B
2010–11 C


Ethnicity This School[1] State Average
Caucasian (not hispanic) 37% 29%
Hispanic (of any race) 51% 56%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 4% 11%
African American 3% 3%
Pacific Islander 3% 1%

In popular culture[edit]

Rio Rancho High School was used as filming location for the TV series Breaking Bad, being portrayed in the show as J. P. Wynne High School.[6]

The campus was also used as a film location in the 2011 movie Fright Night.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]


RRHS competes in the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA), as a class 6A school in District 1, which includes: Cibola High School, Volcano Vista High School, V. Sue Cleveland High School and Santa Fe High School.

As of 2016, RRHS has won 39 State Championships in the 5A/6A division.[8]

State Championships
Season Sport Number State Champions
Fall Cross Country, Boys 2 2014, 2013
Cross Country, Girls 1 2008
Football 2 2016, 2014
Soccer, Girls 1 2007
Volleyball 6 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2000
Winter Basketball, Boys 2 2016, 2007
Spirit/Cheer 5 2016, 2011, 2010, 2001, 2000
Wrestling 12 2015, 2014, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2004, 2003, 2003
Spring Baseball, Boys 3 2013, 2009, 2007
Golf, Boys 2 2007, 2005
Softball 3 2015, 2014, 2003
Total 39

(Year) - indicates Dual Meet State Champions also


Rio Rancho State Activity Championships[edit]

Rio Rancho High School offers a variety of interscholastic activities also sponsored by the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) in cooperation with other outside organizations to enhance a studies high school experience. Activities include: Athletic Training Challenge, Bowling, Chess, Choir, Concert Band, DECA Marketing Education, Drama, English Expo, FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), FFA, JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps), Mock Trial, Orchestra, Science Fair, Science Olympiad, Speech and Debate, and Student Council

RRHS has captured 11 State Championships, all in 5A/6A.[citation needed]

State Championships
Activity Number State Champions
Athletic Training Challenge 5 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
Bowling 4 2016, 2014, 2009, 2008
Choir 1 2016
Total 11

Athletic Training Challenge[edit]

The Athletic Training Challenge was started by the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) in conjunction with the New Mexico Athletic Trainer's Association (NMATA) to recognize Athletic Training as a sanctioned activity within New Mexico Schools.[9]

DECA Marketing Education[edit]

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.[10] At the 2013 State Conference RRHS was awarded the 1st place Chapter Banner.

Marching Band[edit]

Rio Rancho High School's Marching Band competes annually in the Zia Marching Band Fiesta which is essentially the New Mexico state championship, as well as a prestigious regional event for marching bands. There were 32 bands in competition in four size divisions.

RRHS has captured 1 Grand Championship

Zia Marching Band Fiesta
Activity Number Grand Champions
Marching Band 1 2004


High School rugby in New Mexico is governed by New Mexico Youth Rugby. NMYR is a registered non-profit and all volunteer sports organization dedicated to the development of youth and high school rugby for both boys and girls in New Mexico. [11]

RRHS has captured 2 State Championships.

State Championships
Activity Number State Champions
Rugby, Boys 15's 1 2016
Rugby, Girls 7's 1 2016

Ice Hockey[edit]

High School hockey in New Mexico is governed by the Land of Enchantment USA Hockey Affiliate and operated on behalf of LOEAHA by the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League.[12]

RRHS has captured 3 State Championships.

State Championships
Activity Number State Champions
Ice Hockey 3 2006, 2007, 2008


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°15′52″N 106°40′04″W / 35.26444°N 106.66778°W / 35.26444; -106.66778