Amy Biehl High School

Albuquerque, NM

In 1999, two public school teachers established a new high school in the core of downtown Albuquerque — the first high school to be housed in the district in 40 years. A beautiful old building that once housed a courthouse and postal facility was lovingly restored and brought up-to-date to host an active inquiry-based learning program that is truly extraordinary. Transformed for less than one third the cost per student of a new comprehensive high school planned for the city, Amy Biehl High School is now home for 250 students and 30 staff. Named after a young scholar from Santa Fe who died trying to put an end to Apartheid in South Africa, the school’s mission remains rooted in three main areas — courage, scholarship and service.