St. Pius X High School (Albuquerque)

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St. Pius X High School
St.Pius logo.png
"Teach me goodness, discipline, and knowledge"
Albuquerque, New Mexico, (Bernalillo County) 87120
United States
Type Private, Coeducational high school
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1956
Principal Barbara Rothweiler
Chaplain Fr. Chike Uba, S.J.
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 936 [1] (2009)
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Black, Gold, and White             
Athletics conference NMAA, AAAA Dist. 5
Team name Sartan
Rival Albuquerque Academy
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [2]
Newspaper "The Ringer"
Yearbook "Chi-Ro"
Dean of Students San Juan Mendoza
Athletic Director James Cook
School Historian Ron Tybor

St. Pius X High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was established in 1956. It is administered in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

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.


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[edit]

St. Pius High School has a student body that closely mirrors the ethnic makeup of Albuquerque. 55 percent Hispanic, 40 percent Anglo, four percent Native American, one percent 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 $10,000 for the 2011-12 school year. St. Pius X is Albuquerque's only Roman Catholic high school,[dubious ] and one of the few private institutions.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

State Champions[edit]

The Sartans compete in District 7 Class AAAA in New Mexico

The Saint Pius X Academic Decathlon Teams have also had many successes.

  • State Champions (11) - 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012.
  • Earned National Championship in Small School Division (1) - 1999.

Notes and references[edit]

Coordinates: 35°7′48.7″N 106°41′52.6″W / 35.130194°N 106.697944°W / 35.130194; -106.697944