School Names: Goddard and Oñate

by Mike Magers

Goddard High School in Roswell (Chavez County) was named for Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard (1882-1945).  Dr. Goddard was a physicist who is considered to be the father of modern rocketry.  Attracted by the vast open areas and mild weather of southeastern New Mexico, he came to Roswell in the summer of 1930 after many years of research in the eastern US.  For the next 12 years, he did rocket research in the area.  Among his many achievements, he is credited for developing successful liquid fuel rockets, perfecting rocket construction and developing the use of vanes and gyroscopic controls.  Dr. Goddard is credited with 214 patents in various areas of science.  Appropriately, Goddard High School’s mascot is the Rockets.

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Animas Winning Streak

by Mike Magers

Animas, NM (Hidalgo County) holds the state record for consecutive wins in football at 69 games, set in 1990.  The origin of the name of the Animas community is unknown, though the Animas Mountains and Animas Valley are located nearby.  The first known settlement of Animas dates back to 1843, when Hispanic settlers came to the area.  It was also known to be inhabited at various times by the Apache Indians.
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