West Mesa High School

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West Mesa High School
West Mesa High School Athletics logo.png
West Mesa High School Main Entryway.jpg
Main entrance
6701 Fortuna Rd. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87121
United States
Type Public high school
Motto Knowledge Today, Success Tomorrow!
Established 1966
Principal Mark Garcia
Enrollment 1,560 (2014-15)[1]
Campus Suburban
Color(s)      Scarlet
     Royal Blue
Athletics conference NMAA, 6A Dist. 5
Mascot Mustang
Rival Rio Grande High
Atrisco Heritage High
Valley High
Albuquerque High
Yearbook El Espiritu

West Mesa High School (WMHS) is a public senior high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico, located on the city's West Mesa. It is a part of the Albuquerque Public Schools. The school colors are scarlet, royal blue and white, and their mascot is the Mustang.[2]


Student body statistics[edit]

Ethnicity This School State Average
White (not Hispanic) 19% 29%
Hispanic (of any race) 69% 56%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 7% 11%
African American 4% 3%
Pacific Islander 1% 1%

Films shot on Campus[edit]

  • 1971 drama Making It was filmed there in the summer of 1970.
  • 2008 comedy Hamlet 2 was filmed there from September through October 2007.[3]
  • 2011 musical drama Lemonade Mouth was filmed there in the spring of 2010.


WMHS competes in the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA), as a class 6A school in District 5. In 2014, the NMAA realigned the state's schools in to six classifications and adjusted district boundaries.[4] In addition to West Mesa High School, the schools in District 5-6A include: Albuquerque High School, Rio Grande High School, Valley High School and Atrisco Heritage Academy High School.[5]

WMHS has captured 12 State Championships, most in AAAA.

State Championships
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Volleyball 6 1992, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1985, 1984
Winter Wrestling 4 1999, 1994, 1991, 1990
Spring Softball 1 2004
Boys Track and Field 1 1986
Total 12

Notable alumni[edit]

The entryway to the gymnasium at West Mesa


  1. ^ "WEST MESA HIGH". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  2. ^ http://www.nmact.org/school?school_id=10596
  3. ^ Megan Martin (2007-11-06). "Students learn about making movies from an on-the-set perspective". Albuquerque Journal.
  4. ^ http://www.nmact.org/file/Section_4.pdf
  5. ^ http://www.nmact.org/alignments/
  6. ^ Chavez, Barbara (March 28, 2002). "Former Ozzy, Motley Crue Drummer Dies of Cancer". Albuquerque Journal. NM.
  7. ^ "Damacio Page MMA Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  8. ^ Journal Staff (January 26, 2013). "Candidate Q & A – APS District 5". Albuquerque Journal. NM.
  9. ^ Casaus, Phill (September 26, 2006). "West Mesa High School prepares for the future". Albuquerque Tribune. NM.
  10. ^ "Joey Villasenor MMA Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01.

Coordinates: 35°05′45″N 106°42′55″W / 35.09583°N 106.71528°W / 35.09583; -106.71528