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Las Cruces Public Schools board set to consider rescinding vote to rename Oñate High

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Oñate High School, which sits in east Las Cruces.

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico -- There is now a chance that Oñate High School might not get a name change after all.

"All the reasons I voted no are still there," board member Ray Jaramillo told ABC-7 on Saturday. "My focus is number one, to make sure that children and staff have a safe environment to learn."

According to an agenda posted to the district's website, there will be "discussion and possible action on whether to vacate or annul (rescind) the decision to rename" the school on Tuesday.

Last month, the board voted to rename the school, which has been in existence for thirty years. Three board members voted yes, one voted no and another abstained from voting.

"It gives us an opportunity to have a healthy debate," said a spokeswoman for the district last month. "What's in a name? What does that represent for our students, for our district and our community?"

Earlier this week, board member Carol Cooper was quoted by the Associated Press as saying she wished she could go back in time and reverse her vote.

According to a district survey of the Las Cruces community (on page 45 of this link), a majority of students, parents and community members did not want a name change.

If the school board picks a name that starts with an 'O,' the cost will be $158,500, according to district documents. If the board picks a name that does not start with an 'O," the cost of the change will be $183,500.

"In a time like this, it just doesn't seem like the best fiscal decision that we can make at this time," said Jaramillo.

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Kate Bieri

Kate Bieri is ABC-7’s New Mexico Mobile Newsroom reporter and co-anchors ABC-7’s weekend evening newscasts.



  1. Good idea. Then teach the kids exactly what happened when Onate was moving north and also teach them about how it was a completely different time than now and teach them about context. Let them know the school’s namesake was not a hero in our time, but in his time he was. He was an explorer responsible for establishing Europeans in the new world. He was not a hero.

  2. The subject shouldn’t even have been brought up. A very wise man once said, and I paraphrase,”Those that forget history are prone to repeat it”. I haven’t seen more than a few honorable mentions or a couple of paragraphs in high school or elementary on Onate. So I fail to see the hate on someone people don’t know anything about. Canceling history is a very bad idea.

  3. No one is cancelling history. That’s impossible. Heeeelllloooooo? So bring ring down a statue cancels history? Lol. Oooook. So if we remove trump from office nothing happened under his watch? Lol. Dang didn’t know it was that easy.

  4. Dang!!! So if I remove a car from my driveway……..the car never existed? Lol. It’s history is gone!!!!!! Lol. Trumponomics. I thought removing car just meant I don’t want it there anymore. Dang!!! Was never taught Critical thinking!!! It’s gone! It never existed! Yes!!!!

  5. No wonder so many criminals get away……we have low level thinkers like madmike and nadodave “trying” to solve issues. Then knife was removed so …….it was never there? Oooook. Never existed . Lol. Let me break it to you both amoebas! Earthworms! (Lowest developed nervous system). People don’t want them there………it’s history will always be there. Simplenomics. Abcd ef g………..get it?

    1. So what issues have you solved there genius corpse? You haven’t even discovered soap. I so wish you have never existed. And your parents, your neighbors, the illegals, the priest, your dog, your boyfriend etc.

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