The Lofts at Central and Broadway was originally ABQ's first high school. They began conversion into condos/apartments in 2003.

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Comment by Izquierdo on August 27, 2012 at 10:05am

My alma mater, Albuquerque High,  and only slightly more run down that it was when I left there in the days when Highland and AHS were bitter rivals and Valley was the only other public high that existed. Highland was the affluent area (how things change), Albuquerque's student body was both the country club area and the barrios -- Barelas, Martineztown, and the way out areas across the Barelas Bridge and down Isleta Highway. There was none of the great athletes or students jumping districts as there is today, no private schools importing talent from out of state. Highland students called it Toad Hall because of the boxy look of the four buildings, I guess. Nice picture. Thanks.

Comment by Dee Cohen on August 27, 2012 at 5:51pm

Thanks for the info and memories Izquierdo. It sounds like an interesting time. I have a friend who also went to ABQ High back then. I saw her on a tour of the lofts last year and she pointed out a brick in the courtyard for her brother- killed in Viet Nam. Bittersweet memories I'm sure. D

Comment by Izquierdo on August 27, 2012 at 7:35pm

If you talk to her, tell her I'm in the class of 57 and all graduates from 55-through 59 are invited to our 55th class reunion in September. I can provide further info.

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