Las Cruces Seeks Input For Name Of New High School

Las Cruces – LCPS students, parents, staff and community members are asked to submit their nominations for the name, mascot and colors for the new high school, which will open on Dripping Springs Road in the fall of 2012.

Anyone interested can take the survey online on the LCPS website: www.lcps.k12.nm - look for the light blue "Help Us Pick the Name, Mascot and Colors for the New High School" banner at the top of the home page. Or, print out the form and use it like a paper ballot. Or, beginning next week, pick up a blank form at any LCPS school and fill it out.

Completed forms are due by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22, 2011. You can email completed forms to LCPS Chief of Staff Karen Robles at; you can mail them to the Superintendent's Office, Las Cruces Public Schools, 505 S. Main St., Suite 249, Las Cruces, N.M. 88001; or you can hand-deliver them either to your school office or to the superintendent's office, which is located in Loretto Towne Centre at the address listed above.

If you nominate a name for the school, a brief explanation of your choice is requested. You can choose from one of the suggestions listed on the form for a school mascot or come up with your own. Three possible color schemes for the school were chosen by the school board, and you can vote for any one of them. When taking the online survey, you can make nominations in all three categories, any two categories or just one.

"We are hoping to get a lot of nominations for the name, the mascot and the color theme for the new high school," said Board of Education President Dr. Connie Phillips. "This school will serve our students and our community for many, many years to come. We want it to reflect our history, multiple cultures and landscape, as interpreted by our students, parents, school district staff and community members," she said.

Once all nominations have been received, Phillips will appoint a committee to review the nominations and select approximately 10 nominations for the name, 10 nominations for the mascot and the top vote-getter among the three color-scheme nominations.

Then, a survey will be conducted of all LCPS middle school students (many of whom will be attending the new high school) to determine their nominations for name, mascot and colors.

Top nominations from the two surveys will be submitted to the Board of Education for consideration at its Tuesday, March 1, 2011 special meeting, which will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the board room of the LCPS Administration Building.

The board, by majority vote, will chose the name, mascot and color theme for the new high school at a special board meeting that will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 in the board room.