Change Is Coming: What’s in Store for SFHS?


Rylan W. Martinez

Over the past decades, Santa Fe High has been known to keep its variety, whether it was its mascot, schedule, or even the campus itself. Established in 1899, the school was located near the Federal Courthouse on Marcy Street in downtown Santa Fe. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the campus we have today would be the second thing to be built here on Siringo Road. However, after approximately 40 years of being a campus, Santa Fe Public Schools tacked on and some buildings. As of now, new projects are being introduced for the next three to five years. 

Construction on campus started again in 2019 when the old Student Services building was torn down to make way for a new one. In the spring of 2020, about two weeks after students were sent home due to the surging coronavirus, Demon Plaza was reconstructed as well. Then, in the fall of 2021, the old tennis courts on the corner of Siringo and Yucca streets were torn up. Principal Salazar-Garcia said, “The old tennis courts have been sold to the City of Santa Fe as spare land.”

The area next to the new Student Services building will soon be the site of the new Commons, to feature a new cafeteria. That old Commons building will soon be torn down to make way for a new activity center. As for the old activity center, where ROTC is located, it will be torn down. It is still unknown whether or not that will be a site for a new building or will just be open space for the campus.

As for the big patch of land in front of the current Commons and behind the library, SFPS and SFHS still have no plans.

Right now we see construction workers on the roofs of the Academic and Science buildings. They are only there to install new ventilation systems and to look over and patch up anything that needs patching up on both buildings.