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III. Architecture


Originally, Highland consisted of the main buildings and the gymnasium.  The library was on the second floor, above the current cafeteria.  They were planning to have the theater located at the site of the cafeteria and the cafeteria located at the site of the library.

Then came our current math building.  At one time, it stood on stilts and served as the science building.  Students often hung out in the shade underneath the structure.  Eventually, a bottom floor was added; along with this, a new building was built, the history building, Figge Hall, named in honor of Roger and Robert Figge, co-teachers of a popular history class.  Also, came a theater, now the book room and lecture hall.  This building was originally suppose to be the crossbar of the second “H”.  However, Albuquerque Public Schools switched contractors and plans of an aerial view “HHS” were dropped.

In 1990 a new science building was added to Highland’s campus, named after Marshall Floyd, a longtime teacher at Highland.  The old science building was converted to a math building with a bridge conjoining the two for handicap access.  Also, in 1981 a new Performing Arts Center was build across Jackson.

Highland High School was built during a time when the threat of nuclear warfare was great.  As a safety precaution, underground tunnels and bomb shelters were constructed connecting all of the early buildings on campus.  By way of tunnels, the main building is attached to the gym, current math building, and Central Avenue.  From the math building, tunnels lead to Figge Hall.  All tunnels joined to the main building are tall enough to walk through, and the tunnel under Figge Hall has lighting, but is crawl room only.

But now, worries of war and the necessity of bomb shelters and tunnels have been long forgotten.  Now water lines, gas lines, and electrical wiring are found throughout the tunnels, and some of these passages have been blocked off.