Santa Fe High School (New Mexico)

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Santa Fe High School
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2100 Yucca Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505
United States
Type Independent Secondary School
Established 1899
Superintendent Joel D. Boyd, Ph.D
Head of school Mary Massey
Enrollment 1,599[1]

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Santa Fe High School, is a Premier U.S. Secondary School based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The school is located in the oldest state capital in America, founded in 1610.[2] The institution was founded in 1899 and is the oldest Public Secondary School in the state of New Mexico.[3] The school exclusively educates a secondary-student based body, ninth through twelfth grade.[4]

The school is known for its rigorous and academically prominent Advanced Placement program.


Founded in 1899, Santa Fe High School is the oldest of the three high schools in Santa Fe Secondary Schools, and is the largest comprehensive high school in northern New Mexico. Santa Fe High was originally located in downtown Santa Fe, near the historic Plaza. In 1966, Santa Fe Senior (Form IV) High, initially grades 11 and 12, moved from the downtown campus to their current location on a high plateau at intersections of Siringo and Yucca roads. Sophomores were relocated to the ‘new’ Santa Fe Senior High campus three years later. Freshmen continued attending Santa Fe Middle High at the downtown campus until 1976. In 1977, the downtown campus was completely closed and freshmen began attending the ‘unified’ Santa Fe Middle and Senior High campus where we are presently located.[5]

Historical Plaza; Location of original Santa Fe High School buildings

In 1971 the Vocational High School opened on the southern portion of the new Santa Fe High campus as a separate/alternative educational setting. The Vocational High School provided specialized training to students in 25 different fields. Today, what remains from the Vocational High School is known as the South Campus, which houses many of their current buildings for their preparatory programs in specialized fields.[5]

Santa Fe High School serves about 1,500 students from a diverse range of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. Seven hundred thirty-two students are male and seven hundred twenty-two are female.[5]

The school is currently headed by Marry Massey. Joel Boyd is the Superintendent of schools for Santa Fe High.

Academic Activism[edit]

Sangre de Christo Mountains; Santa Fe. A sight from campus; Santa Fe High

On February 23, 2015, many students from Santa Fe High School began an activist campaign to protest the installation of a modernized version of the PARCC Exam.[6] Students' unrest stemmed from its lack of accurate intellectual reflection and mis-management of class time and resources. Approximately 250 students walked out from class which sparked a co-campaign from neighboring high school, Capital High. Santa Fe High School wrote letters to New Mexico Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera, to be personally delivered by New Mexico Superintendent Joel Boyd, on their behalf.[7] This was in large a demonstration toward New Mexico's Governor, Susana Martinez's educational platforms.[8]


Santa Fe High School has many different athletic programs available to all students. The sports offered are as follows: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Volleyball, Wrestling, Bowling, Cheer, and Drill.[9]

Santa Fe High has won over 28 State Championships from NMAA sanctioned sports and events.

SFHS competes in the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA), as a class 6A school in District 1.[10]

The 2014-2015 Cheerleading team was the first to win a 6A State Championship for Santa Fe High School.[11]

Extracurricular Programs[edit]

The school offers various extracurricular programs such as: Amnesty International, Key Club, Navy JROTC, National Honor Society, Model United Nations, Marching Band, Newspaper (The Demon Tatler), Student Government, Yearbook (Para Manaña), Mock Trial, French Club, German Club, Chess Club, Media Club, Supercomputing Challenge, Science Club, and Musical Theater.[12]

Notable Alumni[edit]


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Coordinates: 35°39′03″N 105°58′17″W / 35.6507°N 105.9715°W / 35.6507; -105.9715