Del Norte High School History

Original Del Norte HS Campus
Modern photo of Del Norte HS
New Construction Del Norte HS – 2012

Del Norte High School is a public high school in the northeast heights of Albuquerque, New Mexico, established in 1964. The original campus of classroom clusters was given the name “The Beehive” by many students because of the multi-sided classrooms and angled hallways. Construction of the new main building was completed in May, 2012. The rebuilt Del Norte HS is now an urban, professional campus. The shift from single-story buildings to three-story structures allowed for a denser capacity on the same amount of land. That increase in vertical volume along with multiple phases of construction made it possible to keep the school in operation while new construction was in progress. The only remaining structure from the 1964 campus is the auxilliary gym.

Early Aerial Photo of Del Norte High School
Aerial Photo of Del Norte HS
By faculty members Ele Baker and Ron Hansen c1964

The Lance

The Lance Masthead

The Lance was the student newspaper for Del Norte High School in Albuquerque, NM. It was published from 1964 to to 2017 by students taking the elective Journalism class in the DNHS English Department.
View issues from 1964 to 1966.

50 Years

Del Norte High School’s Golden Anniversary was celebrated from Spring 2014 through graduation of 2015 – Del Norte’s 50th graduating class. Read about some of the celebratory activities below.

50th Anniversary Assembly

DNHS 50th Assembly Flash Mob

On March 18, 2015 Del Norte High School staff, alumni and students held a 50th Anniversary Assembly. The event was well publicized and many alumni attended even though it started at 8:00 am on a weekday! A good time was had by all. Read More

2014 Homecoming Tailgate and Game

Alumnknights Homecoming Tailgate, Oct 24, 2014

On Friday night, October 24 2014, the AlumKnights held an all-alumni Homecoming Tailgate prior to the game at Mine Stadium. It was a beautiful night with BBQ grills and other food. The ’74 State Champion Football Team were formally recognized before the game. Twelve former players and two ’74 coaches were introduced one at a time as they walked onto Milne Field. After all were introduced and on the field, the team gathered around them holding helmets high and did a cheer. The ’74 players walked off the field to many cheers. DNHS won the Homecoming game 41-7 in front of the largest crowd seen in years at a DNHS game.

Celebrate the Knight

AlumKnights Celebrate the Knight Crowd

Music, memories, hugs, hand shakes, Folklorico dancing, food, fun, farewell to the 1964 cafeteria, photos, and building tours were part of the DNHS 50th anniversary kick-off June 27, 2014. Crowd estimates range from 350-500 alumni, former teachers and staff, elected officials, and community members. Read More.

50 Years of Football

DNHS Football Helmet - AlumKnights

Del Norte’s first football team in 1964 had only sophomores and juniors and was coached by Wyett McGinnis. Over the last 50 years DNHS has won many district titles. The 1974 team had a perfect record of 13-0 and beat Hobbs High School 14-6 on December 7, 1974 for the State Championship. Head Coach was Howard Anderson with assistant coaches Paul Sacket and Brunner.
Read More with old Pictures!


See the Video made for the Knight to Remember event!