West Las Vegas High School

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West Las Vegas High School
West Las Vegas Dons & Lady Dons Logo.png
157 Moreno Street
Las Vegas, New Mexico 87701
United States
Type Public high school
Established 1947: New Town High
1955: West Las Vegas High
Principal John Bustos
Enrollment 449
Campus Downtown
Green and Gold
Athletics conference NMAA, District 2-AAAA
Mascot Don and Lady Don
Rival Robertson High School
West Las Vegas High School

West Las Vegas High School (WLVHS) is a public senior high school in Las Vegas, New Mexico.[1] It is a part of the West Las Vegas Schools District. Founded in 1947, it is the oldest high school in the city.[2]

It is located in the center of town, next to the Harold K Brandt Baseball Field.

The mascot of WLVHS is the Don, their colors are Green and Gold. Enrollment at the school current stands at 520.[3]


Student body statistics[edit]

Ethnicity This School State Average
White (not hispanic) 10% 29%
Hispanic (of any race) 88% 56%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 2% 11%
African American <1% 3%
Pacific Islander <1% 1%


WLVHS competes in the New Mexico Activities Association, a AAAA school, in District 2. Their district includes: Pojoaque Valley High School, Robertson High School Taos High School, and St. Michaels High School.[4]

WLVHS has won 5 State Championships since 1978.

State Championships
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Spring Boys, Small Team Tennis 3 2009
Baseball 1 1978, 1968
Girls, Golf 1 1999, 1996
Total 5

Distinguished Alumni[edit]

Vera Jo Bustos (Class of 2007)

Vera Jo is currently the Director of Basketball Operations for The University of New Mexico Lobos.[5]

Bustos spent the 2011-12 season playing professional basketball in Thessaloniki, Greece for Apollon Kalamarias.

Previously, Bustos was a stand-out basketball player at Adams State from 2007-to-2011. During her time in Alamosa, Colo., Bustos not only became the school's all-time scoring leader with 1,859 points but became the school's all-time leader in minutes played (3,805) and games started (105). In her four years, Bustos averaged 17.5 points per game and set records for most points in a game (36), most three-pointers in a game (8) and most points in a half (27).

The Las Vegas, N.M. native received numerous honors and awards at Adams State:

  • WBCA Division II All-American Honorable Mention (2009–10, 2010–11)
  • Five-time RMAC Player of the Week (2010–11)
  • Women's Div. II Honorable Mention All-American (2010–11)
  • Daktronics All-American Ballot (2008–09, 2010–11)
  • NCAA Central Regional Championship All-Tournament Team (2010–11)
  • Daktronics All-Central Region First Team (2008–09, 2010–11)
  • Banker's Classic Tournament MVP (2008–09, 2010–11)
  • Chuck Stephens Classic Tournament MVP (2010–11)
  • RMAC Pre-Season Player of the Year (2010–11)
  • RMAC West Division Player of the Year (2008–09, 2009–10)
  • Div. II Bulletin All-American Team Honorable Mention (2009–10)
  • Daktronics All-Central Region Second team (2009–10)
  • All-RMAC First Team (2008–09, 2009–10)
  • Pre-Season All-RMAC team West Division. (2008–09)
  • RMAC Freshman of the Year (2007–08)
  • RMAC West Division Freshman of the Year (2007–08)

Bustos graduated from Adams State with a double major in Exercise Science and Sports Psychology, and she earned her Master's Degree in Sport Administration in 2014 from Adams State.

A stellar player at West Las Vegas High School, Bustos owns the school record for most rebounds (935) most points (2,098), most assists (536), most steals (331) and games started (125).


Coordinates: 35°35′29″N 105°13′27″W / 35.59139°N 105.22417°W / 35.59139; -105.22417