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School Traditions

St. Pius X High School is rich with tradition, rooted in centuries of faith and over 50 years of school history. The symbols of the school remind students and the community that St. Pius stands for high ideals, not only in academics but in character-building.

The Sartan Creed
The Sartan Creed reminds St. Pius X students that they are called to higher expectations by following the scripture:
"To those who have been given much, much is expected."

A Sartan’s behavior in all aspects of life is founded on Catholic values.
  • I will refrain from any activity or language that will tarnish my good name, that of my family, or that of St. Pius X High School.
  • I will display respect and honesty toward adults, peers, and myself.
  • I will honor the judgment and direction of adults.
  • I will take responsibility for my behavior and my learning.
  • I will use and develop my God-given talents to achieve my fullest potential.
  • My appearance is a reflection of pride in being a member of the St. Pius X Catholic community.
Reverence is the feeling of profound respect and awe, which all students should direct toward God. In a Catholic school this should be foremost in the mind and attitude of the student.

Students should show reverence during prayer and at all religious functions. They should avoid any actions which would distract others, and they are expected to participate actively.

School Motto
Teach Me Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge.

School Colors
Gold, Black, and White

School Symbol
St. Pius X SymbolThe gold Pius “X” is the symbol of the school, representing eXcellence in academics and extra-curricular activities and a striving to live up to the standards of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The crest was designed by Father Dennis Andrews, C.S.B. and Miss Kathleen Campbell. The artistic reproduction was done by Mr. Lynn James of Campus Specialties, Ltd. of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Approval for the adoption of this crest as the official crest of Saint Pius X High School was given by Archbishop Robert F. Sanchez of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and the Saint Pius X High School Board in October of 1979.
School crest
Explanation of the Crest
Upper Left Quadrant
The Spanish Triple Tower is taken from the crest of the Archbishop and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. The Tower represents the influence of the Spanish culture in New Mexico. The Blue Diagonal represents the Rio Grande River, the source of life of Albuquerque. The White Field represents one of the school's original identifying colors.
Upper Right Quadrant
The Greek Cross represents the Basilian Fathers and their patron Saint Basil the Great. The Red Field represents the strength of the Catholic Faith.
Lower Left Quadrant
The Broken Diagonal Lines represent the Sandia Mountains. The design of the mountains is taken from the crest of the Sisters of Charity.
Lower Right Quadrant
The crest of Saint Pius X who is the patron of the school.
The Book
The Book represents the Sacred Scriptures.
The Motto
The Motto which appears around the crest states the goal of the Basilian Fathers and is taken from their crest.