POSTED: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 5:57pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 6:34pm
Perfect timing for the opening of Centennial High School in Las Cruces. On the 100th anniversary of New Mexico's inclusion into the Union, this August, Centennial will open it's doors to a blossoming Las Cruces.
The school is located at 1950 South Sonoma Ranch BLVD. It is in the Southeast side of Las Cruces, just south of 'A' mountain. The mascot is the Hawk, and the school will field all of the teams 4A school in year one.
Centennial will initially compete at the Class 4A level against Deming, Santa Teresa and Chaparral. Centennial principal Mike Montoya has hired former Manzano coach Aaron Ocampo to lead the football team, and Gadsden State Championship winning coach Al Rosen. Rosen won Gadsden's first ever championships in any sports in 2010 and 2011. Montoya expects the school to open with 1,200 students the first year and eventually become a Class 5A school in three years. If that is the cast, all four high schools in Las Cruces Public Schools would have enrollments around 1,800.
"I've been successful at Manzano with a 1,900 enrollment," said Ocampo two weeks ago, whose Manzano team lost to Mayfield for the state title two years ago.
Rosen added, "It's just really exciting, I have been in the gym and seen a tour of the school, and for any student athletes with the opportunity to come to this school, it's unbelievable, it blew me away. The fact that it is brand new and everything, from the equipment to the uniforms, and having a brand new set of kids, it was hard to turn down."
Centennial should open in August, 2012.