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Rio Rancho High School
Rio Rancho High School.png
Address
301 Loma Colorado Rd., NE
Rio Rancho New Mexico 87124
United States
Information
Type Public high school
Established 1997
Principal Sherri Carver
Enrollment 2461, (2015-16)
Mascot Rams
Color(s) Navy Blue, Hunter Green and White
Athletics conference NMAA, 1-6A
Rival Cleveland High
Website http://rioranchohigh.rrps.net/

Introduction

Rio Rancho High School (RRHS) is a public senior high school located in west central Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Opening in 1997 as part of the Rio Rancho Public Schools[1] district, it is feed by Lincoln and Eagle Ridge middle schools. The current enrollment stands at 2461 (2015-16).[2]

History

Founding

In 1995, Intel Corporation was considering a plant expansion, and approached Sandoval County about the possibility of issuing Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRBs) to finance the project. As part of this request, Intel was willing to provide Sandoval County with funds for local projects benefiting the local area. One of the area’s biggest needs was for a high school to serve Rio Rancho. This led to conversations among Sandoval County, Intel, the City of Rio Rancho, and the school district about the possibility of Intel building a high school for Rio Rancho.

The result of these discussions was a unique community/business partnership. The Sandoval County Commission approved the issuance of $8 billion in industrial revenue bonds permitting Intel Corporation to finance plant improvements. In return, Intel built the $30 million high school facility — the city’s first — and leased it for one dollar per year to the Rio Rancho Public Schools. Because Intel had recently completed plant construction work in Rio Rancho, it had resources to manage the construction project in place. Rio Rancho High was built as a “design-build” project by the private sector.

Intel built the core facility: four of the five academy buildings, a gym and the performing arts center. The district was responsible for providing furnishings, technology, and equipment. The district subsequently completed the current Humanities Academy building, as well as all of the athletics facilities and other improvements. A Rio Rancho 2007 bond issue added a drama classroom/”black box” theater facility and field house facilities for soccer, track, and cross country to the Rio Rancho High campus. [3]

Overcrowding/Split

In 2008 due to overcrowding at Rio Rancho High school, the Rio Rancho Public Schools district built the V. Sue Cleveland High School, which opened in August 2009. During that year incoming 9th through 11th grade students who resided south of Northern Blvd. attended Rio Rancho High School, and all residing north of Northern Blvd. began to attend V. Sue Cleveland High School. The senior class of 2010 continued to attend Rio Rancho High School regardless of where they resided in Rio Rancho.

Presidential Visit

President Obama gives a speech in the "RAC" athletic facility

President Barack Obama hosted a Town Hall meeting at the high school on May 14, 2009 regarding the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 or Credit CARD Act of 2009.[4]

Popular culture

  • Rio Rancho High School was used as filming location for the TV show Breaking Bad, being portrayed in the show as J. P. Wynne High School.[5]
  • The campus was also used as a film location in the 2011 movie Fright Night.[6]

Notable alumni

  • Chris Williams - wide receiver who played in the NFL[7] and CFL[8]
  • Tim Madigan - golfer who played on the PGA Tour, PGA Tour Canada and Web.com Tour[9]
  • Ashley Rhoades - Honorable mention All-American for the University of New Mexico and Cibola High School head volleyball coach

Academics

The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED)[10] replaced the No Child Left Behind Act and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) testing with a new school grading formula, which took effect for the 2010-11 school years. The grade is calculated using many forms of testing, and includes graduation rates.[11]

Rio Rancho High School courtyard
School Year Grade from NMPED
2015–16 A
2014–15 A
2013–14 A
2012–13 A
2011–12 B
2010–11 C

Demographics

Ethnicity RRHS Avg State Avg
Caucasian (not hispanic) 38% 25%
Hispanic (of any race) 51% 61%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 3% 10%
African American 2% 2%
Asian 3% 1%
Two or more races 3% 1%
[12]

AVID

Rio Rancho High School offers Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)[13] , is a college preparation program designed by a teacher in the San Diego school system 30 years ago. The program is for students who want to improve their lives through the educational process - both in high school and in college. AVID curriculum implements strategies to help the student keep organized, take quality notes in class and provide bi-weekly tutorial sessions (study groups) with the intent to support the student in progressing through high school in a successful fashion to ensure college admission.

Engineering

PLTW

RRHS employes the project-based aspects of the Project Lead The Way (PLTW)[14] curriculum which gives students a chance to apply what they know, identify a problem, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning, rather than be passive recipients of information in a question-and-answer, right-or-wrong learning environment. PLTW’s premier high school program, Pathway To Engineering™, is a four-year course of study integrated into the students’ core curriculum. The combination of traditional math and science courses with innovative Pathway To Engineering courses prepares students for college majors in engineering and E/T fields and offers them the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school.

RoboRAVE

The Rio Rancho Robotics Club prepares and participates in annual RoboRAVE International[15] competitions. This program aims to make robotics accessible to any kid, anywhere with the goals of having fun while learning, sharing and teamwork. RoboRAVE's motto is “Today’s Play, Tomorrow’s Pay.” Teams of students must design, assemble and program robotic kits to accomplish specific tasks.

Humanities

Culinary

RRHS offers culinary classes utilizing the ProStart[16] program which is a health and wellness, nutrition science program with the intent to provide Rio Rancho High School students with the integrate knowledge, skills, and practices required (for careers) in food production and services. This course was developed for students interested in going into the restaurant or hospitality and lodging fields. The course combines culinary and management skills, and includes guest speakers and field trips in the industry. Students develop culinary skills in nutrition, breakfast foods such as crepes, pancakes, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, vinegar's and salsas, garnishes, fruits and vegetables. Students learn about menu developing, cost planning and inventory control for running their own restaurant.

Fine Arts

Vans Custom Culture Art Competition

Rio Rancho High School students winning Vans art competition entries

Rio Rancho High School was named Grand Champion of the Fifth Annual Custom Culture Art and Design Competition, a national high school art competition in which 2,000 selected schools receive four pairs of blank Vans shoes to use as a canvas, to be designed according to four different themes: Art, Music, Action Sports and 'Local Flavor'. Once a school's designs are completed, they go through a voting process to narrow down the top 50 entries. Further voting by the public narrows the selection to the top 5 that go on to compete in the final event. These schools artists are flown out to celebrate their artwork and have noted judges vote on the grand prize winning submission.

At the final event held on June 10, 2014 at New York City's Industria Superstudio, celebrity judges MKTO, Steve Caballero, Matt Shultz, Kemal Harris, Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto selected the winning custom shoe designs. Vans presented Rio Rancho High School with the grand-prize $50,000 donation to support its art program. The winning shoe design was also produced and sold in select Vans and Journeys retail stores, and online at Vans.com and Journeys.com.

RRHS artists also won the Vans contest national finals in 2010 and 2012. In 2010 the grand prize was $10,000; by 2012 it had increased to $50,000. In 2012, RRHS also won an additional $5,000 in the Journeys Local Attitude competition for the best design reflecting a community's local flavor.

Dance

The Rio Rancho High School Dance Department established in 1997 is one of the few full time public school dance programs of its kind in New Mexico. The RRHS Dance Department offers five levels of instruction, starting with level 1 beginning and ending with Master Dance Company, a performance based company that performs three times a year in the RRHS Performing Arts Center (PAC). Dance techniques are offered in ballet, jazz, lyrical/Contemporary, modern, hip-hop, choreography and performance.

Athletics

Rio Rancho High School competes in the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA), as a class 6A school in District 1. In addition to Rio Rancho High School, the schools in district 1-6A include: Cibola High School, Volcano Vista High School, V. Sue Cleveland High School and Piedra Vista High School.

Rio Rancho State Athletic Championships

Rio Rancho High School has captured 40 State Championships.[17]

State Championships
Season Sport Number State Champions Runner-up Third
Fall Cross Country, Boys 2 2014, 2013 2016, 2015, 2010 2012, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005
Cross Country, Girls 2 2016, 2008 2017, 2015, 2014, 2009
Football 2 2016, 2014
Soccer, Boys
Soccer, Girls 1 2007 2014
Volleyball 6 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002 2014, 2008, 2004, 2001 2000
Winter Basketball, Boys 2 2016, 2007
Basketball, Girls 2001
Spirit/Dance/Drill 2012, 2011, 2010, 2000, 1999
Spirit/Cheer 5 2016, 2011, 2010, 2001, 2000 2015, 2009, 2005 2017, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2007, 1999
Swimming and Diving, Boys 2009 2014, 2013
Swimming and Diving, Girls 2007
Wrestling 12 2015, 2014, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005, *2004, 2004, *2003, 2003 2017, 2016, 2006, 2002 2013, 2012, *2002
Spring Baseball, Boys 3 2013, 2009, 2007 2016, 2010
Golf, Boys 2 2007, 2005 2006 2009, 2004
Golf, Girls 2013, 2012
Softball 3 2015, 2014, 2003 2010 2002, 2001
Tennis, Boys
Tennis, Girls 2007
Track and Field, Boys 2015, 2008, 2004 2014, 2005
Track and Field, Girls 2010, 2009, 2001
Total 40

(State tournament consolation games are no longer played for Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball or Softball)

(*Year) - indicates Dual Meet State Champions also

Cross Country

Rio Rancho High School has captured 1 individual State title through the 2015 season.

Boys State Champions
Year Name Number of
Championships

Girls State Champions
Year Name Number of
Championships
1997 Danielle Longmire 1

All-State honors are granted for a top 10 finish in class at the New Mexico State Cross Country Championships.

Boys All-State
Year Name Finish
2016 Devin Paredes 2nd
2015 Mike Goke 6th
Devin Paredes 9th
2014 Devin Paredes 2nd
Josh Pyeatt 6th
2013 Devin Paredes 3rd
Troy Lawton 9th
2012 Preston Charlie 4th
2011 Jesus Mendoza 8th
2010 Caleb Rubalcaba 2nd
Larry Rodarte 3rd
2009 Caleb Rubalcaba 10th
2007 Rob Selph 10th
2006 Josh Bueno 3rd

Girls All-State
Year Name Finish
2015 Reina Paredes 4th
Andi Almodovar 5th
2016 Alliana Atencio 2nd
Andi Almodovar 4th
Reina Paredes 5th
Molly Klein 9th
Cecilia Quesada 10th
2015 Reina Paredes 7th
Molly Klein 8th
2014 Reina Paredes 5th
Andi Almodovar 7th
2013 Sierra Delaware 7th
2010 Tamara Lementino 4th
2009 Jenna Padilla 2nd
Tamara Lementino 3rd
2008 Tamara Lementino 6th
Alana Littleford 8th
1997 Danielle Longmire 1st

Football

List of Rio Rancho Rams football seasons

The New Mexico High School Coaches Association (NMHSCA) produces All-State Teams for New Mexico high school football.[18] Prior to the year 2008 the "'All-State Teams" were picked by the Associated Press.

Year Name Position Honor
2016 Josh Foley, Jr Running Back 1st Team Offense
Corey Perez Offensive Lineman 1st Team Offense
Evan Tafoya-Vallo Offensive Lineman 1st Team Offense
Vinny Palmeri Linebacker 1st Team Defense
Nic Little Quarterback 2nd Team Offense
Derek Reyes TE/Slot Receiver 2nd Team Offense
Ashton Klovenas Defensive End/OLB 1st Team Defense
Kevin McCracken Defensive Line 1st Team Defense
Keshawn Banks Defensive Line 1st Team Defense
Zach Dodd Secondary 1st Team Defense
Cailon Bailon Defensive End/OLB 2nd Team Defense
Ryan Lucero Returner 2nd Team Defense
2015 Josh Foley, Jr Running Back 1st Team Offense
Grant Hermanns Offensive Lineman 1st Team Offense
Kevin McCracken Defensive Line 2nd Team Defense
2014 Angelo Lujan Runningback 1st Team Offense
Brady Patterson TE/Slot Receiver 1st Team Offense
Miguel Barreras Wide Receiver 1st Team Offense
Easton Bruere Quarterback 2nd Team Offense
Luis Torres Offensive Lineman 2nd Team Offense
Grant Hermanns Offensive Lineman 2nd Team Offense
Ikaika Waters Linebacker 1st Team Defense
Anthony Nolan Linebacker 1st Team Defense
Adrian Linzy Defensive Line 1st Team Defense
Miguel Barreras Secondary 1st Team Defense
Angelo Lujan Returner 1st Team Defense
Cody Gallegos Defensive End/OLB 2nd Team Defense
Marky Alverado Secondary 2nd Team Defense

Year Name Position Honor
2013 Tristen Foley Wide Receiver 1st Team Offense
Colby Stinson Offensive Lineman 2nd Team Offense
Dustin Hansen Offensive Lineman 2nd Team Offense
Sergio Mendoza Offensive Lineman 2nd Team Defense
Tristen Foley Secondary 2nd Team Defense
2012 Dallin Brady Secondary 1st Team Defense
Carlos Garcia Kicker 1st Team Defense
Devon Bennett Offensive Lineman 2nd Team Offense
Robert Salgado Offensive Lineman 2nd Team Offense
Tristen Foley Wide Receiver 2nd Team Offense
2011 Josh Baggett Offensive Lineman 1st Team Offense
Jason Fitzpatrick Quarterback 1st Team Offense
Carlos Garcia Kicker 1st Team Defense
Ulises Astorga Running Back 2nd Team Offense
Austin Patterson TE/Slot Receiver 2nd Team Offense
Ulises Astorga Punter 2nd Team Offense
Ian Foley Secondary 2nd Team Defense
2010 Tim Foley Secondary 1st Team Defense
Zack Rogers Kicker 2nd Team Defense
Tim Foley Returner 2nd Team Defense
2009 Adam Shapiro Wide Receiver 1st Team Offense
Jeric Magnant Wide Receiver 1st Team Offense
Tyler Baker Quarterback 2nd Team Offense
Kevin Howerton Defensive End/OLB 2nd Team Defense
Tim Foley Punt Returner Honorable Mention Offense
Kevin Howerton Offensive Lineman Honorable Mention Offense
Jake Pearson Linebacker Honorable Mention Defense
Tim Foley Secondary Honorable Mention Defense

Year Name Position Honor
2008 Troy Harris Running Back 1st Team Offense
Carlos Lirosi Linebacker 2nd Team Defense
Zach Drapeau Linebacker 2nd Team Defense
Malcolm Butters Offensive Lineman 2nd Team Defense
2007 Marcus Williams Running Back 2nd Team Offense
A.C. Crespin Defensive End 2nd Team Defense
Victor Reveles Defensive Back 2nd Team Defense
Rian Rodriguez Punter 2nd Team Defense
Chris Newsome Wide Receiver Honorable Mention Offense
Malcom Butters Defensive End Honorable Mention Defense
2006 Nick Bylotas Offensive Lineman 1st Team Offense
Marcus Williams Running Back 2nd Team Offense
Kyle Rodriguez Offensive Lineman 2nd Team Offense
Adolfo Midence Linebacker 2nd Team Defense
Andrew Mastriano Wide Receiver Honorable Mention Offense
Eddie Nelson Defensive Lineman Honorable Mention Defense
Wayne Mohammad Defensive Back Honorable Mention Defense
2005 Brandon Torrey Offensive Lineman 1st Team Offense
Mike Love Running Back 1st Team Offense
Alex Heggarte Defensive End 2nd Team Defense
Mike Olson Linebacker 2nd Team Defense
Mike Bowler Defensive Back 2nd Team Defense
Paul Hoisington Placekicker Honorable Mention Offense
Donovan Jacks Linebacker Honorable Mention Defense
2004 Brandon McKinney Linebacker 1st Team Offense

Volleyball

The New Mexico High School Coaches Association (NMHSCA) produces All-State Teams for New Mexico high school volleyball.[19]

Year Name Position Honor
2014 Erika Barbour Left/Right side Hitter 1st Team
Ashley Cook Setter 1st Team
2013 Erika Barbour Left/Right side Hitter 1st Team
Ashley Cook Setter 2nd Team
2012 Erika Boling Left/Right side Hitter 2nd Team
Haley Ng Setter 2nd Team
2011 Haley Ng Setter 2nd Team
2010 Mackenzie Clark Left/Right side Hitter 1st Team
Jayla Trombley Left/Right side Hitter 1st Team

Year Name Position Honor
2009 Darian Mullen Left/Right side Hitter 1st Team
Taylor Calloway Setter 1st Team
Jayla Trombley Middle Hitter 1st Team
Brooklyn Boughter Left/Right side Hitter 2nd Team
Mackenzie Clark Middle Hitter 2nd Team
Letisha Spencer Left/Right side Hitter Honorable Mention
2008 Darian Mullen Left/Right side Hitter 1st Team
Jocelyn Hamilton Setter 1st Team
Vanessa Leal Middle Hitter 1st Team
Jacklyn Rodriguez Libero 1st Team

Basketball

The New Mexico High School Coaches Association (NMHSCA) produces All-State Teams for New Mexico high school basketball.[20] [21]

Boys All-State
Year Name Honor
2017 Juan Hurt 1st Team
Clay Patterson 2nd Team
2016 Clay Patterson 1st Team
Juan Hurt 2nd Team
2015 Brady Patterson 1st Team
2014 Brady Patterson 2nd Team
2010 Lucas Archuleta 2nd Team
2009 Jorel Johnson Honorable Mention

Girls All-State
Year Name Honor
2009 Megan Muniz 1st Team

Swimming and Diving

Rio Rancho High School has captured 3 individual State titles through the 2016 season.

Boys State Champions
Year Name Event Number of
Championships
2014 Luis Felipe Conejo 500 Meter Freestyle 2
2013 Luis Felipe Conejo 500 Meter Freestyle
2010 Tim Zoltowski 50 Yard Freestyle

Girls State Champions
Year Name Event Number of
Championships

Wrestling

Rio Rancho High School has captured 64 individual State titles through the 2016 season.

Boys State Champions
Year Weight Name Number of
Championships
2017 152 Ryan Rochford 3
160 Orion Gutierrez
2016 113 Tyler Deen
145 Ryan Rochford
285 Grant Hermanns
2015 126 Brandon Leyba
132 Ryan Rochford
152 Orlando Gutierrez 3
182 Miguel Barreras 3
2014 138 Orlando Gutierrez
160 Miguel Barreras
2013 132 Orlando Gutierrez
152 Miguel Barreras
160 Jordan Lara 2
2012 160 Jordan Lara
2011 135 Matt Nunez 3
160 Zack Rogers 2
215 Shea Nolan 3

Year Weight Name Number of
Championships
2010 125 Matt Nunez
130 Luis Trujillo 4
135 Nathaniel Lujan
152 Zack Rogers
189 Anthony Garcia
215 Shea Nolan
2009 103 Jake Williams
119 Matt Nunez
130 Luis Trujillo
135 Chris Rubalcaba 2
140 Max Ortega 5
171 Chris Morales
215 Shea Nolan
2008 125 Luis Trujillo
130 Chris Rubalcaba
140 Max Ortega
171 Paul Cabbage 2

Year Weight Name Number of
Championships
2007 119 Luis Trujillo
125 Matt Ortega 4
130 Max Ortega
135 Vicente Varela 4
171 Paul Cabbage
2006 112 Max Ortega
119 Matt Ortega
125 Dominic Valencia 2
130 Vicente Varela
2005 103 Max Ortega
112 Matt Ortega
119 Dak Adamson
125 Nick Ramirez 3
130 Vicente Varela

Year Weight Name Number of
Championships
2004 103 Matt Ortega
112 Vicente Varela
119 Dominic Valencia
125 Nick Ramirez
135 Ace Adamson
145 Lionel Sierra 2
152 Josh Wenze 2
2003 125 Bryan Tice 2
140 Lionel Sierra
2002 103 Nick Ramirez
112 Paul Tice
119 Bryan Tice
2001 125 Brian Pitts 2
160 Nathaniel Augustson
2000 119 Brian Pitts

Golf

Rio Rancho High School has captured 2 individual State titles through the 2015 season.

Boys State Champions
Year Name Number of
Championships
2007 Tim Madigan 1
2001 Trent Rommann 1

Girls State Champions
Year Name Number of
Championships

Softball

The New Mexico High School Coaches Association (NMHSCA) produces All-State Teams for New Mexico high school softball.[22]

Year Name Position Honor
2016 BreOnna Castaneda Shortstop 1st Team
Edwina Santillanes Outfield 2nd Team
2015 Dominique Soto 2nd Base 1st Team
Vanessa Gallegos 3rd Base 1st Team
BreOnna Castaneda Shortstop 1st Team
Jovanni Felix Outfield 1st Team
Jordan Manno Catcher 2nd Team
2014 Nicole Pendley Pitcher 1st Team
Jessie Roane Catcher 1st Team
Vanessa Gallegos 2nd Base 1st Team
Nicole Pendley Outfield 1st Team
Jessie Roane 3rd Base 2nd Team
Breonna Castaneda Shortstop 2nd Team
Vanessa Gallegos Outfield 2nd Team
Dominique Soto Outfield 2nd Team

Year Name Position Honor
2012 Nicole Pendley Outfield 1st Team
2011 Shelby Pendley Shortstop 1st Team
Nicole Pendley Outfield 1st Team
2010 Shelby Pendley 3rd Base 1st Team
Nicole Pendley Pitcher 2nd Team
Jessie Roane Shortstop 2nd Team
Christen Miller Outfield 2nd Team
Brianna Chavez Outfield 2nd Team

Track and Field

Rio Rancho High School has captured 31 individual State titles through the 2015 season

Boys State Champions
Year Name Event Number of
Championships
2016 Josh Foley 110 M Hurdles
2015 Josh Foley 300 M Hurdles
Matthew Jackson Long Jump 2
2014 Matthew Jackson 300 M Hurdles
Matthew Jackson Long Jump
2012 Alex Oluyitan Shot Put
Jason Fitzpatrick Javelin
2011 Paul Jaramillo Javelin
2010 Caleb Rubalcaba 1600 M Run
Larry Dupree Long Jump
Dave Bevins Pole Vault 2
2009 Dave Bevins Pole Vault
2008 Thomas Trujillo 100 M Dash
2007 Marcus Williams High Jump 2
2006 Marcus Williams High Jump
Kyle Walker Pole Vault
2005 Chris Williams 200 M Dash 2
Chris Williams 400 M Dash
Chris Williams High Jump 3
2004 Chris Williams 200 M Dash
Brandon McKinney *Discus 2
High Jump Chris Williams
2003 Brandon McKinney Discus
Chris Williams High Jump

Girls State Champions
Year Name Event Number of
Championships
2014 Nicole Pendley *Javelin 2
2013 Nicole Pendley Javelin
2010 Carol Waterman Javelin
2007 Nicole Zarrella Discus 2
Kim Frenz High Jump 2
2006 Nicole Zarrella Discus
2004 Christina Zarrella 400 M Dash
Christina Zarrella Long Jump
Kim Frenz High Jump
2003 Shellie Buckhanan Discus

(*Event) - indicates a State Record also

In 2004 Brandon McKinney set the current New Mexico state discus record with a throw of 183' 9"

In 2014 Nicole Pendley set the current New Mexico state Javelin record with a throw of 142' 0"

In 2014 the team of Danica Gallegos, Leilani Baker, Sasha Hickox and Molly Klein set the current New Mexico state 1600 Sprint Medley record with a time of 4:07.74

Rio Rancho High School Athletics Hall of Fame

In 2014 the inaugural inductees to the Rio Rancho High School Athletics Hall of Fame were selected, immortalizing the best of Rio Rancho's athletic programs.

Hall of Fame
Year Name Achievement
2016 Nathaniel Augustson (Athlete) State Wrestling Champion, wrestling two seasons for Ohio State University.
Krystle Jim (Athlete) Played four basketball seasons, and at three colleges, including Duquesne University.
Genevieve Kelly (Athlete) Played five softball seasons, went on to pitch for Colorado State University.
Brio Rode (Athlete) Played five basketball seasons. All-time scoring leader and holds the single-game scoring record. Played at three colleges, including Cal-Berkeley.
Chris Williams (Athlete) Three sport standout, setting current football records. Played for New Mexico State, the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the NFL's Chicago Bears.
Jason Nickal (Coach) 4X State Champion Wrestling Coach
Alan Kenneth (Contributor) PA announcer for Rio Rancho soccer and basketball games.
2015 Brittany Burtner (Athlete) First Rio Rancho Gatorade Player of the Year (Softball 2001)
Stephanie Hightower (Athlete) Varsity letters in five different sports, attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Brandon McKinney (Athlete) Set the current State discus record and was the first D1 football recruit playing for New Mexico State.
Brian Pitts (Athlete) 2x State Wrestling Champion. Attended Adams State where he was a 2x collegiate All-American.
Jennifer Boyden (Coach) 2000 State Champion Cheer Coach
Bob McIntyre (Coach) 6x Girls Basketball State semifinals / 7 District titles
Gary Hveem (Contributor) Rio Rancho High School's first Athletic Director.
2014 Danyel Longmire (Athlete) 1997 Girls Cross Country State Champion.
Trent Rommann (Athlete) 2001 Boys State Golf Champion.
Toby Manzanares (Coach) 6X State Champion Volleyball Coach
Ron Murphy (Coach) 3X State Champion Baseball Coach
Paul Kohman (Coach) 2X State Champion Softball Coach
Uwe Balzis (Coach) State Champion Girls Soccer Coach
Tony Otero (Contributor) Rio Rancho Dairy Queen owner and booster.

Activities

Rio Rancho State Activities Championships

Rio Rancho High School offers a variety of interscholastic activities also sponsored by the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) in cooperation with other outside organizations to enhance the high school experience.

Rio Rancho High School has captured 12 State Championships.[23]

State Championships
Activity Number State Champions Runner-up Third
Athletic Training Challenge 5 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
Bowling 4 2016, 2014, 2009, 2008 2015, 2012, 2010 2017, 2013
Chess 2014 2017, 2016, 2013
Choir 1 2016 2015
Concert Band 1 2004
Drama 1 2016
JROTC - Championship Results 2017, 2016
-- JROTC - Overall Drill 2016
-- JROTC - Female Color Guard 2016
-- JROTC - Armed Drill 2016
-- JROTC - Unarmed Drill 2017
-- JROTC - Armed Inspection 2016
-- JROTC - Physical Fitness 2015 2016, 2014
-- JROTC - Male Physical Fitness 2017
-- JROTC - Female Physical Fitness 2017
-- JROTC - Sporter Rifle 2015, 2014 2013
Total 12

Athletic Training Challenge

The Athletic Training Challenge was started by the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) in conjunction with the New Mexico Athletic Trainer's Association (NMATA) to recognize Athletic Training as a sanctioned activity within New Mexico Schools.

DECA Marketing Education

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. At the 2013 State Conference Rio Rancho High School was awarded the 1st place Chapter Banner.

Marching Band

Rio Rancho High School's Marching Band competes annually in the Zia Marching Band Fiesta which is essentially the New Mexico state championship, as well as a prestigious regional event for marching bands. There were 32 bands in competition in four size divisions.

Rio Rancho High School has captured 1 Grand Championship

Zia Marching Band Fiesta
Activity Number Grand Champions 1st Runner-up 2nd Runner-up 3rd Runner-up
Marching Band 1 2004 2007, 2000 2008, 2006, 2005, 2003 2015, 2009, 2001, 1999, 1998

Rugby

High School rugby in New Mexico is governed by New Mexico Youth Rugby (NMYR), a registered non-profit and all volunteer sports organization dedicated to the development of youth and high school rugby for both boys and girls in New Mexico. Rio Rancho High School has captured 2 State Championships.

State Championships
Activity Number State Champions Runner-up Third
Rugby, Boys (15's) 1 2016
Rugby, Girls (7's) 1 2016

Ice Hockey

High School hockey in New Mexico is governed by the Land of Enchantment USA Hockey Affiliate (LOEAHA) and operated by the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League (NMIIHL) which is comprised of eleven teams, including representatives from Colorado and Texas. The high school hockey season runs from October to March.[24]

LOEAHA has established the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League (NMIIHL) and State Playoff to determine the State’s representative to the USA Hockey High School Playoff. Each year LOEAHA and the NMIIHL, along with the qualifying team, will evaluate the viability of sending a State High School Champion to USA Hockey Post Season Play.

The Rio Rancho High School / V. Sue Cleveland High School team has captured 3 State Championships.

State Championships
Activity Number State Champions Runner-up
Ice Hockey 3 2006, 2007, 2008

==References==

  1. Rio Rancho Public Schools.
  2. National Center for Education Statistics.
  3. Rio Rancho Observer - January 4, 2009.
  4. The White House Briefing Room.
  5. Breaking Bad locations - J. P. Wynne High School.
  6. Fright Night (2011) locations.
  7. National Football League (NFL).
  8. Canadian Football League (CFL).
  9. Professional Golfers Association (PGA).
  10. NM Public Education Department.
  11. NMPED School Grade Report Card 2015.
  12. Public School Review.
  13. Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID).
  14. Project Lead The Way (PLTW).
  15. RoboRAVE International.
  16. ProStart.
  17. New Mexico Activities Association - Athletics.
  18. New Mexico High School Coaches Association - Football All-State Teams.
  19. New Mexico High School Coaches Association - Volleyball All-State Teams.
  20. New Mexico High School Coaches Association - Boys Basketball All-State Teams.
  21. New Mexico High School Coaches Association - Girls Basketball All-State Teams.
  22. New Mexico High School Coaches Association - Softball All-State Teams.
  23. New Mexico Activities Association - Activities.
  24. New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League.