St. Pius X High School (Albuquerque)

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St. Pius X High School
St.Pius logo.png
5301 Saint Joseph's Drive NW
Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico 87120
United States
Coordinates 35°7′48.7″N 106°41′52.6″W / 35.130194°N 106.697944°W / 35.130194; -106.697944Coordinates: 35°7′48.7″N 106°41′52.6″W / 35.130194°N 106.697944°W / 35.130194; -106.697944
Type Private, Coeducational high school
Motto "Teach me goodness, discipline, and knowledge"
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1956
Principal Barbara Rothweiler
Chaplain Fr. John Trambley
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 936 [1] (2009)
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Black, Gold, and White             
Athletics conference NMAA, AAAAA Dist. 5
Mascot Sarto
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

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.


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.[3] The former St. Pius campus was razed to make way for a mixed-use development called The Commons;[4] 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.[3]


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% 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.[citation needed]

Notable Staff[edit]

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

Notable alumni[edit]

State Championships[edit]

The Sartans compete in District 5 Class AAAAA in New Mexico

Academic Decathlon[edit]

  • State Champions (16) - 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • National Championship: Small School Division (1) - 1999
  • National Gold Medal, Speech Showcase (4) - 1999, 2001, 2004, 2010

Notes and references[edit]

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  2. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2010-04-02.
  3. ^ a b "SPX History". Saint Pius X High School. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  4. ^ Logan, Paul (August 22, 1989). "Commons Developer Files Suit". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved March 9, 2018 – via
  5. ^ "Alumni in Action!". Saint Pius X. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  6. ^ Salazar, Martin (September 8, 2017). "Past businessman Tim Keller touts government experience". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  7. ^ "AllGov - Officials". Retrieved 2017-01-29.