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Our Famous Alumni

Terry Wallace
Terry WallaceDirector of LANL
From 2011 to 2017, Wallace was the Laboratory’s principal associate director for Global Security and the senior intelligence executive, overseeing national security programs including nuclear nonproliferation, counterproliferation, and industry partnerships. From 2006 to 2011, he was the Laboratory’s principal associate director for Science, Technology, and Engineering, during which he implemented the capability model for scientists and engineers and developed the science pillars that guide the Laboratory’s institutional investment strategies. *Wikipedia
Kevin Johnson
Kevin JohnsonCEO - Starbucks
Kevin Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from New Mexico State University. Upon graduation, he began his career as a software developer in IBM’s systems integration and consulting business. In 1992, Kevin joined Microsoft where he served in a range of executive assignments for 16 years. In 2008 he became the CEO for Juniper Network and finally in 2017 he was named the CEO for the Starbucks Corporation. *Wikipedia
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
Kolinda Grabar-KitarovićPresident: Republic of Croatia
As a member of LAHS Class of 1986; Kolinda now serves as a Croatian politician and diplomat who has been the President of Croatia since 2015. She is the first woman to be elected president after the first multi-party elections in 1990. At 46 years of age, she became the youngest person to enter the office. *Wikipedia

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Alex Kirk
Alex KirkProfessional Basketball
At 6’11 and 252lbs, Alex Kirk became a catalyst in New Mexico High School Basketball. As a 4 year starter for LAHS, Alex became a force not many had seen in Los Alamos. He took his skills to the University of New Mexico and from there played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Canton Charge, and now Alvark Tokyo.
Ric Rojas
Ric RojasNational Cross Country Champion
Ric Rojas was ranked in the top-10 U.S. high school milers in 1970, having run 4:11.6 at the Houston Astrodome and 4:12.6 at 5,000 Ft. at the New Mexico State High School Championships. He was recruited by over 25 NCAA Division I Universities including Oregon, Texas, and Kansas. He decided to attend Harvard on a non-Athletic scholarship, knowing that he would not be obligated to run competitively and that Harvard would not cut his scholarship. Ric later earned his MBA at the University of Denver. After his collegiate running career, Ric went on to set the 15K world record (1981, Gasparilla Distance Classic), win the USATF National Cross Country Championship (Philadelphia, Belmont Park, 1976), and win the 1979 Bolder Boulder. He and Boston Marathon winner, Bill Rogers, were the only two runners ranked in Track and Field News’ top-10 American Road Racers between 1977 and 1981. For more info, you can visit his training site at http://www.ricrojasrunning.com
Lynn Bjorklund
Lynn BjorklundCross Country Champion
Lynn was a legendary American long-distance runner. In 1975, she set the U.S. high school record in the 3000 meters run, a record which stood until 2013. In 1981, she also set the female course record for the Pikes Peak Marathon. As of 2010, she enjoys her life as an employed park ranger. *Wikipedia
Kim Paffenroth
Kim PaffenrothAuthor
A religious scholar, professor, and contemporary American horror author, best known for his Bram Stoker Award-winning book Gospel of the Living Dead: George Romero’s Visions of Hell on Earth. *Wikipedia
Carol Cady
Carol CadyOlympian
Carol is a proud graduate of LAHS and is now a retired female shot putter and discus thrower from the United States Olympic team. She competed for her native country at two consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1984. During the 1980s Cady was one of the first women to compete in the hammer throw. Cady was on the track team while a student at Stanford University. *Wikipedia
Susann Cokal
Susann CokalAuthoress & Novelist
Susann Cokal is an American author and academic. She is best known for having written the novels The Kingdom of Little Wounds, Mirabilis, and Breath and Bones, along with short stories, literary and pop-culture criticism, and book reviews. The Kingdom of Little Wounds won a Printz silver medal from the American Library Association in 2014. Cokal contributed short stories to anthologies and journals including Prairie Schooner, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Bellevue Literary Review, The Cincinnati Review, and Ohio State University’s The Journal. *Wikipedia
Anthony Sandoval
Anthony SandovalOlympian
A former world-class marathon runner, most noted for winning the 1980 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, in the year the U.S. boycotted the Moscow Olympics. Sandoval’s 2:10:19 performance in Buffalo, New York on May 24, 1980, was a US Olympic Trials record.[1] In the late 1970s, Sandoval worked towards becoming a medical doctor and competed in marathons on unusually light training. Following the 1976 trials, he trained by running 35 miles per week and ran “a 2:14:37 for second place at the Nike-Oregon Track Club Marathon in Eugene in 1978. After that, he ran 2:15:23 for 15th place in the Boston Marathon in 1979.”
Sandoval is currently a cardiologist in Los Alamos. *Wikipedia
Andy Thoma
Andy ThomaProfessional Soccer
Andy spent his entire college career at the University of Washington. He made a total of 80 appearances for the Huskies and tallied one goal and seven assists.
On January 15, 2015, Andy was selected in the second round (24th overall) of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by the Portland Timbers.[4] On March 29, he made his debut for USL affiliate club Portland Timbers 2 against Real Monarchs SLC. *Wikipedia
Drew Goddard
Drew GoddardScreenwriter
Film and television screenwriter, director, and producer. He began his career as a writer on numerous acclaimed television series, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alias, and Lost. Goddard received further recognition for writing the successful monster horror film Cloverfield (2008) and the action horror film World War Z (2013). *Wikipedia

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Los Alamos Public Schools is ranked as one of the premier school districts in the United States. LAPS serves as the primary school district for Los Alamos County, a county recently recognized as a Top 10 County for public schools. See links below on our outstanding achievements for the school district and our outstanding partnership with Los Alamos County.

#1 School District in New Mexico

Top 10 Counties in America for Education

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