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Las Cruces Public Schools is a school district headquartered in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The school district covers the following communities: Las Cruces, White Sands Missile Range, the settlement of Doña Ana and the town of Mesilla. Las Cruces has 24 elementary schools, eight middle schools, and seven high schools. Of the high schools, San Andres High School and Arrowhead Park Early College High School are alternative high schools. There are nearly 25,000 students and 3,600 employees. LCPS is the second-largest school district in New Mexico.
Segregation came to Las Cruces in the 1910s as an irrigation project brought cotton farming. Segregation as an option for districts was codified in state law in 1924. In Las Cruces, Lincoln High School opened in a church after African Americans were removed from integrated schools and in the 1930s Booker T. Washington School opened at 755 East Chestnut serving African Americans of all grades. Clara Belle Williams, who was the first African American to graduate from the predecessor of New Mexico State University, was Lincoln’s first teacher and taught in the district for more than 20 years