Santa Fe High School (Alachua, Florida)

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Santa Fe High School
Santa Fe High School, Alachua, entrance.JPG
16213 Northwest US Highway 441
Alachua, Florida 32615
United States
Coordinates 29°48′27″N 82°31′26″W / 29.80750°N 82.52389°W / 29.80750; -82.52389Coordinates: 29°48′27″N 82°31′26″W / 29.80750°N 82.52389°W / 29.80750; -82.52389
School district Alachua County Public Schools
Principal Beth LeClear
Teaching staff 45 (FTE)
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1069 (2013-2013)
Student to teacher ratio 23.76
Nickname Raiders

Santa Fe High School is a high school serving grades 9–12 in the Alachua-High Springs area in northwestern Alachua County, Florida. It is part of the Alachua County Public Schools.

The school mascot was originally the Rebels, but was later changed to the Raiders in 1970 when integration was implemented. The school colors are red and gray.

Beth Leclear is the principal.

Santa Fe offers 19 Advanced Placement courses leading to college credit. It also has a unique program in the Academy of Agriscience. By completing a four-year program in veterinary assisting, students may earn professional certification through the Florida Veterinary Medical Association.


The Santa Fe varsity football team won the Florida High School Athletic Association's Class 3A State Championship in 1991 and the Class 4A State Championship in 1994. In 1975, the baseball won the Class B State Championship. Boys' weightlifting and boys' track have also won state championships.

Student activities[edit]

The "Raider Regiment" marching band has won eight state championships, five consecutively from 1999 to 2003, then again in 2005, 2009 and 2010.[2]

Agriculture program[edit]

Santa Fe High School has a unique agriculture program that attracts many students across North Florida. Professional certification as an Agriscience Technician and/or Veterinary Assistant (FVMA) may be earned by completing coursework and passing certification exams.

Biotechnology program[edit]

Santa Fe High School has also started a biotechnology program, the first of its kind in Florida and a role model for schools wishing to start their own such programs. It focuses on DNA and protein, as well as biotechnology careers, and features a wide range of unique technology.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Santa Fe High School". Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Van Hoose, Kara. "Santa Fe High School Marching Band wins first at state championships". WUFT NEWS. 
  3. ^ Craig Pittman and Wes Allison (4 March 2009). "Obama nominates Florida's seasoned emergency director Craig Fugate to head FEMA". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 23 September 2013.