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Sandia High School

Sandia High School
Scholarship, Honor, Service
7801 Candelaria Rd. NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87100
United States
Type Public high school
Established 1958 [1]
Principal Scott Elder
Enrollment 1,897[2]
Scarlet Red and Columbia Blue
Athletics conference NMAA, 6A Dist. 2
Mascot Matador
Rival La Cueva High
Sandia High School (SHS) is a Public High School located in the northeast heights of Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is a member of the Albuquerque Public Schools district.[3] The current enrollment is 1,897.[2]


  • History 1
    • Mock Trial 1.1
    • Science Fair 1.2
    • Music and Drama 1.3
  • Athletics (State Championships) 2
  • Alumni 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The school opened in school year of 1958-1959. The originally proposed mascot name was the Sandia Satans, which prompted negative reactions from the surrounding community. Thereafter, the mascot name was changed to Matadors. A matador sculpture was placed in the student commons area in 1961.

In the late 1970s, the school reached a record student population for the state of New Mexico. This led to the approval and construction of a newer facility, La Cueva High School, in the early 1980s.

In 2006, due to heavy flooding in the high desert environment of Albuquerque, the basement-level gymnasium of Sandia required extensive repair work. However it has been fully repaired, and is open for use to the students and staff.

Mock Trial

Sandia High School has a very strong Mock Trial team led by Sandia teacher Cramer Johnson. In 2007 the Sandia Mock Trial A team took first place at both Regionals and State while two students, one at Regionals and one at State, received individual awards. The team then went on to Nationals where they took 9th place, the highest an APS team had ever placed. In 2008 they again took first at both Regionals and State, and once again gained individual awards. When the team went to Nationals in 2008 they beat their previous 9th place record, placing 4th in the Nation. At the 2008 National Mock Trial Competition one of the team's attorneys also got an award for being one of the top attorneys at the competition. The Sandia Mock Trial team is the second highest-placing team in the National Mock Trial Competition out of all New Mexico Mock Trial teams, and highest placing coming from APS schools. In 2010 Sandia High School once again went to the Nationals competition held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after taking first place at both the Regionals and State competition. In 2011 Sandia teacher Cramer Johnson moved away leaving the school. Since then the mock trial program at Sandia High School has ended.

Science Fair

Additionally, Sandia High School's science fair program resulted in a team of two students as cooperative finalists in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair during 2009, as well as a semi-finalist. Similarly, another student made repeat appearances at the 2004, and 2005 Intel International Science and Engineering Fairs, and placed 4th in Environmental Sciences in 2005.

Music and Drama

Sandia High School is known for its outstanding drama, choir programs and its strong band program. In Fall of 2010, the marching band performed a show of old video game theme music ranging from Mario to Donkey Kong, and Kirby to Legend of Zelda. In 2012 the schools Wind Ensemble went on to become concert band state champions. The drama program won the NMAA one act play competition in 2011 and placed second in 2013. The program is notable for its outside of the box show selections: Urinetown, the Musical, The Laramie Project, Godspell, and Jimmy the Antichrist just to name a few.

Athletics (State Championships)

SHS competes in the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA), as a class 6A school in District 2. In 2014, NMAA realigned the state's schools in to six classifications and adjusted district boundaries.[4] In addition to Sandia High School, the schools in District 2-6A include: Manzano High School, La Cueva High School, Eldorado High School and Highland High School.



  1. ^ SHS History by Richard D. Prall
  2. ^ a b (Sandia High School)
  3. ^ Albuquerque Public Schools
  4. ^

External links

  • Sandia High School Homepage
  • Albuquerque Public Schools Website
  • SHS Band Boosters
  • SHS Cheerleading
  • SHS Choir Program
  • SHS Orchestra
  • Parent Association

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