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High School
Alamogordo, New Mexico


Description: High School
Other Names:
Address: North side of 10th Street between Michigan and Indiana, Alamogordo, Otero County, New Mexico
Type: educational: high school
Original Client: Alamogordo Public Schools
Date: 1917-1919
Condition: demolished between 1973-1975

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation: 2 stories,  90 x 104 ,faced south
Budget/Cost: $50,000

Foundation: probably concrete
Wall Materials: red brick, stone
Roofing Materials: flat
Other Materials Used: cast stone ornament, concrete window surrounds
Remodeling and Additions: 

Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library: (J-9) 9 ink-on-linen plans, including side, front and rear elevations, dated March 20, 1917.
Location of Documentary Photographs: El Paso Public Library: Ponsford 348,perspective view from left; 354, perspective view from right. Ponsford 350, perspective view.

Bibliography: 1) El Paso Herald, March 8, 1917 page 16 Alamogordo To Have $50,000 High School; Plans Underway
2) Alamogordo Daily News, August 15, 1975 page 4
3) Alamogordo Daily News, February 11, 1970 page 1

Remarks: Commission 2411

In 1917, the architectural firm of Trost & Trost was awarded the contract for the Alamogordo High School. The plans called for the school to be constructed of brick and stone, 90 x 104 feet. The two-story building was to have 13 classrooms and an auditorium. The cost was estimated at $50,000.The school was completed in 1919 and located on Tenth street. (between Michigan and Indiana St.)

In 1942, the Alamogordo Army Air Field was built 10 miles west of town. The addition of the base caused school enrollment to climb steadily over the next several years. New school buildings were being erected to keep up with the enrollment of new students. The Alamogordo Army Air Field eventually became Hollaman Air Force Base and test development center for many government contracts.

In 1970, George Stith and Tom Macklin presented a petition bearing more that 200 names of residents to the Alamogordo City Commission. The petition asked that a study be made on the feasibility of refurbishing the old Alamogordo High School building on Tenth Street and putting it to use as a civic auditorium.

The old Alamogordo High School was demolished sometime between 1973 to 1975.

Prepared for the El Paso Public Library by Lloyd C. and June F. Engelbrecht under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1990.