St. Pius X High School (Albuquerque)
|St. Pius X High School|
5301 Saint Joseph's Drive NW
|Type||Private, Coeducational high school|
|Motto||"Teach me goodness, discipline, and knowledge"|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Chaplain||Fr. John Trambley|
|Enrollment||936  (2009)|
|Color(s)||Black, Gold, and White|
|Athletics conference||NMAA, AAAAA Dist. 5|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools |
|Dean of Students||San Juan Mendoza|
|Athletic Director||James Cook|
The school is located on Albuquerque's west side, on the campus that was formerly the location of the University of Albuquerque. St. Pius X is a co-educational institution that serves over 900 students in grades nine through twelve.
St. Pius X High School was founded in 1956 with 116 freshmen composing its first class. St. Pius was initially housed at St Charles Elementary School until the completion of a new campus in the Northeast Heights in the fall of 1959. In 1986, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced that St. Pius X would be move to Albuquerque's west side to occupy the site of the University of Albuquerque, scheduled to close that year. The former St. Pius campus was razed to make way for a mixed-use development called The Commons; however, this project fell apart and the land remained vacant until the ABQ Uptown shopping mall was built there in 2005–06.
Upon moving to the west side campus, St. Pius renovated the existing buildings of Assumption Hall and St. Francis Hall and completed construction of a new science building, gymnasium, and St. Basil Hall (2000). The new 40-acre campus welcomed its first students in the fall of 1988.
The name is a contraction of Pope Pius X’s name Giuseppe Sarto. It is used because the patron saint embodied the characteristics of charity, good humor, fair play, and faithfulness—the same high ideals that St. Pius X High School hopes to instill in its students. In Italian, Sarto is translated as “Tailor.” Thus a Sartan is one who tailors his life after these ideals and actively supports his motto: “To restore all things in Christ.”
Student Body Statistics
St. Pius High School has a student body that closely mirrors the ethnic makeup of Albuquerque. 55% Hispanic, 40% White, 4% Native American, 1% African American and Asian. Though the vast majority of students at St. Pius X are Catholic, the school is open to students of all faiths, offering a college prep education, along with total, supportive Christian spiritual formation. Tuition has risen steadily over the years to reach around $13,000 for the 2017-18 school year. St. Pius X is Albuquerque's only Roman Catholic high school,[dubious ] and one of the few private institutions.
St. Pius High School features a talented staff including several award winners, Saint Pius also recognizes excellence in teaching with the Make a Difference Award awarded to teachers by a popular vote of students each year.
- Mark Robinson- 2017 Golden Apple for Excellence in Teaching Award winner
- Mike Mullane, NASA astronaut
- Dennis Jett, former U.S. Ambassador to Peru
- John Cameron Mitchell, class of 1981, actor and filmmaker (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus, Rabbit Hole).
- Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Actor best known for role in (Modern Family)
- Mike Judge, Director, best known as the creator and star of the popular animated television series Beavis and Butt-Head (1993–1997, 2011), King of the Hill (1997–2010), and The Goode Family (2009).
- Cisco McSorley, Democratic member of the New Mexico Senate, representing the 16th District since 1997.
- Tim Keller, former New Mexico State Auditor and current Mayor of Albuquerque
- Patrick D. Gallagher, physicist, former director of the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and current chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh.
The Sartans compete in District 5 Class AAAAA in New Mexico
The Saint Pius X Academic Decathlon team competes in USAD (United States Academic Decathlon.) At the National Level the team competes in Division III.
- State Championships (17) - 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018,2019
- National Championship: Small School Division (1) - 1999
- National Gold Medal, Speech Showcase (4) - 1999, 2001, 2004, 2010
Notes and references
- NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2010-04-02.
- "SPX History". Saint Pius X High School. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- Logan, Paul (August 22, 1989). "Commons Developer Files Suit". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved March 9, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Alumni in Action!". Saint Pius X. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
- Salazar, Martin (September 8, 2017). "Past businessman Tim Keller touts government experience". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
- "AllGov - Officials". www.allgov.com. Retrieved 2017-01-29.