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IV. Alumni Highlights


Dewey Bohling, after graduating from Highland, attended Hardin-Simmons College. He was the thirteenth-round pick in 1959 draft and scored nine touchdowns as running back in 26-game NFL career. He played for the Buffalo Bills and the New York Titans. Sports Illustrated named him as one of the top 50 greatest New Mexico athletes for the 20th Century.

Hugh Hackett was a legendary track and field coach for UNM in the 1960s. He received the NCAA Coach of the Year Award in 1967.

Caroll Hudson Knauber, dominated the Track & Field scene in the 440 and 880 yd. dashes at both the city and state levels. During the course of her racing career, Carol set five world records, eight national records and at least 14 state records for her age group in various events. She competed on a number of National teams representing the USA against Russia, Canada, and several European countries. She anchored several 1600 meter relays, winning for the US. Her best personal split for the 400m was clocked at 50.9.

Cathy Carr was and is the first Olympic gold medal swimmer from New Mexico. In addition to the two gold medals (1972) and the unofficial title of the USA’s most pleasant surprise winner, Cathy won the U.S. Nationals, the World Student Games, the Los Angeles Invitational and the Bremen and Coca Cola Internationals. She then retired to become a wife, mother and elementary school teacher. Cathy Carr was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1988 and Sports Illustrated named her as one of the top 50 greatest New Mexico athletes for the 20th Century.

Terry Landrum played major league baseball from 1980-1988. He primarily played an outfielder and was in the World Series for the Baltimore Orioles in 1983 and the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985.

Rod Nichols was a star pitcher for Highland High and New Mexico in the 1980s. He won 11 games in seven seasons with Indians, Dodgers and Braves. He played in the Major Leagues from 1988-1995.

Lloyd McPeters was a NFL Referee from 1993-2000.

Jarrod Baxter has played for the Houston Texans since 2002. As a senior at Highland, he rushed for 851 yards and 16 touchdowns in eight games before breaking his right leg (tibia and fibula) in a game against Belen. He was a two-year starter at tailback who earned first team All-City honors as a senior, two-time city wrestling champ, and placed third in the state as a junior.

Bobby Newcombe was a football, basketball and track star at Highland High. He was First-team All-State selection as a quarterback and defensive back in his junior and senior years at Highland. He was named the Albuquerque Football Coaches Association 1996 Player of the Year, he also earned the Parade All-American honors and USA Today New Mexico Player of the Year honors, won the 1996 Phoenix Southwest Classic decathlon title, and won the 1997 New Mexico Track and Field Championships titles. After Highland he went on to quarterback for the University of Nebraska and was then drafted by the Arizona Cardinals. He retired in 2002 and is now working on a doctorate in organizational leadership.

Thomas (Tommy) Franklin McDonald graduated from Highland and then attended the University of Oklahoma, where he never had a losing game. He received the Maxwell Award in 1956, and was an All-American in 1955 and 1956. He successfully played in the NFL for 12 years as a wide receiver. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998.

Gavin Maloof is Vice Chairman of the Maloof Companies. Gavin was named president of the Houston Rockets at the age of 24, (six years after attending Highland) making him the youngest owner and operator in major professional sports history. He has helped guide the Sacramento Kings and Monarchs as well as ARCO Arena to unparalleled heights. He has earned the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame’s Most Involved Executives award for 2001.

Dennis Heimerich left Highland for boot camp in 1952 and spent his 16th and 17th birthday overseas in the Korean War. After the War he obtained his undergraduate and masters degree. On May 17, 2007, Highland awarded him with an honorary diploma and he was the keynote speaker for the Class of 2007.

Matt Arnot graduated in 1981 and was the leading member of the United States Junior Gymnastics Olympic team

Brad Winter is the Director of the Capital Master Plan Department of Albuquerque Public Schools. After graduating from Highland he received his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Oklahoma and his Master of Arts and Doctor of Education degrees at the University of New Mexico. While at the University of Oklahoma, Brad was an All-American in the pole vault. He continues to compete in pole vaulting and has won his age division at the local and national level. Brad Winter is the now the interim Superintendent of Albuquerque Public Schools.

Lorenzo Antonio began singing and playing the guitar at the early age of 5. By the time Lorenzo was 12 years old, he had already sold over a million records. By the time he was 17 and attending Highland, he was known internationally throughout all of the Americas.

SPARX… Veronica, Rosamaria, Kristyna, and Carolina are four sisters who began singing together at a very early age. Today, they have sold over a million CD’s and they have also toured extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America, and South America.