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Welcome to Capitan High School

Welcome to the Capitan High School website, home of the Fighting Tigers! Part of the Capitan Municipal Schools District, we are located in rural Lincoln County, New Mexico. Surrounded by the beautiful, wilderness landscape of the Lincoln National Forest, we are famous for being the birthplace of Smokey Bear. Though we are a small community, we are proud of our wild-west heritage, our schools, and most importantly, the students and staff who make this a great place to receive an education.

Here at Capitan High School we are pleased to provide an education and curriculum that utilizes some of the best resources technology has available. We offer a variety of educational program tracks, including a CNA (nursing) program, culinary arts, and agricultural options. We know that education continues outside of the classroom, and offer a variety of extracurricular programs including band, choir, rodeo, and athletics programs. We believe that Capitan High School offers something for nearly every personality!

A Message from Our Principal

Dear Capitan High School Families,

Welcome to the Capitan HS website and thank you for visiting. The Capitan school system and the community of Capitan have a great deal to be proud of. I believe that we have the best teachers and students in New Mexico. As secondary principal, I am very blessed to be a part of a staff that is so dedicated to making positive changes in our students. I believe we must all be leaders for the students and children of our community and be an example for their future. The most important part of my educational philosophy is that we must provide a caring, nurturing, and safe place for our students.


Communication is a key component for our success, trust, and respect. I believe the school system is the hub of the community. We must communicate and work beside our parents, community members, and county officials. My office door is always open. I am here to listen and serve the needs of the school and community. I sincerely ask our parents, grandparents, community members, and fellow Tigers to support our students. Your support in fundraisers and attendance at school events are so important to our students. We have a great history of academic awards, athletics success, band/choir awards, and honors in agricultural science. I encourage you to support our staff and students in order to continue our successful and winning way.

Life’s difficult times make us stronger and wiser: I see them growing in wisdom and maturity – setting priorities, making difficult decisions, and I’m proud of our students. I know growing up will be painful at times. There may be losses and lonely times. Yet, their wonderful spirit always prevails, and they emerge better for it. 

God bless you.


Jimmie Mace


Jimmie Mace