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Posted December 13, 2017

Albuquerque High Celebrates Renovated Digs

The city's oldest school recently celebrated a $14 million makeover.

Albuquerque High School has deep roots in its community, and while its facade – and even its name and location – have changed over its 138-year history, this school’s spirit and its dedication to excellence have endured over time.

This journey began in 1879 when the school opened as a private academy near Old Town Plaza. The school would relocate several times over the next four decades, including a short stint on the third floor of the city’s library, before moving to the now historic site at Central and Edith in 1914.

In 1974, Albuquerque High School made another move, trading aging buildings filled with history and memories for what, at the time, was a state-of-the-art facility. It too, began to wear with time as thousands of students passed through its halls, took notes and shared ideas in its classrooms, performed in its theater, competed on its fields.  

Alas, after four decades and countless changes public education, it was time for another update, one that would better prepare our students for global citizenship. It was time for a contemporary performing arts and music center, a new and improved cafeteria, and an ultra-modern commons where diverse population of students, faculty and staff could congregate, mingle and bond.

The grand opening of the renovated school also celebrated what has been happening inside the walls of Albuquerque High School for more than a century – learning and teaching that exemplifies a commitment to outstanding student achievement. The internationally recognized bilingual program, exceptional advanced placement classes, a plethora of co-curricular and extracurricular activities, student leadership opportunities and educational rigor consistently prepare students for college and career.

Of course, the credit for all of its success over the years -- and in the years to come – goes to the AHS community including faculty, staff and administration; family and alumni; and most importantly the students themselves. They are what makes Albuquerque High School much more than a school. It is a way of life. The Bulldog way of life.

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