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After years of having only one school, Tucson  Unified School District decided it was time to open another high school to meet the growing need in. In 1953, construction crews broke ground to begin the building of a new high school to be located at 3645 East Pima Street.  In January 1957, an only partially completed Catalina received a full student body. The students themselves helped move equipment and furniture to help make the transition smoother. 

Catalina High School, was designed by Scholer, Sakeller & Fuller, Architects, and was built by J. J. Craviolini and L. C. Anderson at a cost of $2,496,619.

Additional classrooms, shower and locker facilities and a science wing were added later , with 10-cent levy funds and federal aid under Public Law 815. The school now has 65 regular classrooms plus the 8-classroom science wing. R. T. Gridley was the first principal of Catalina.

It would not be until 1959 that the original plans for the school were completed. In the sixties, Catalina went through it's golden years. During this time Catalina was known as "The Country Club School" for the upper class students that attended Catalina. During this time, Catalina would watch as many other schools began to develop in the Tucson Area, such as Sahuaro, Palo Verde, Canyon Del Oro, Rincon, and Cholla opened their doors to students. 

In 1968 Catalina received a new Principal, a former Tucson High Assistant Principal Derald Hendrickson. Mr. Hendrickson made it a mission to combat the threat of drugs on school campuses. Mr. Hendrickson implemented many policies still used by TUSD today.


Origin of Name: Santa Catalina Mountains 

Opened:    January 12, 1957

First Graduating Class:    May 1957

Principals:
Mr. R.T. Gridley                         1956-  1968
Mr. Derald Hendrickson           1968-  1978
Mr. George McConnell              1978-  1980
Dr. Lamond Preston                 1980-  1985
Dr. Lou Ann Daldrup                 1985-  1989
Dr. Joseph Hines                       1989-  1991
Dr. Ingrid Miller                         1991-  1994
Mrs. Linda Schloss                     1994-  1999
Mr. Larry McKee                        1999-  2001
Dr. Michael Schwanenberger  2001-  2004
Mr. Dan Bailey                            2004-
2007
Ms. Linda Patterson                  2007-2009
Mr. Rex Scott                             2009-present

Awards
2006 State Girl's Cross Country Champions, 2006 Boy's Cross Country Runner-Up, State Runner Up in MESA competition, Winner of the National Scholastics Hall of Fame for "The Trumpeteer", our newspaper produced by the students of Catalina High School since opening in 1957.

Programs
Aviation, Health-Related Studies, Traditional Program of Excellence (Back to Basics), /Theme Partnerships: Aviation -Pima CC, Cochise, Tucson International Airport, Ryan Field; Health-Related Studies: Pima CC, Tucson Medical Center, University Medical Center, Pima Medical, and El Rio Medical Center. Advanced placement courses: math, science, social studies, language arts; a three year computerized literacy program; state model programs: gifted and talented education (GATE); peer mediation;  Cooperative Business Education (CBE); Hospitality (FEAST); KCHT News Team, a closed-circuit daily news broadcast; Air Force Junior ROTC; Family Resources and Wellness Center. Freshman Transition Coordinator: Nancy Dettman, 232-8400; Aviation Lead Teacher: Mr. Matt Trumball, 232-8400 Health-Related Studies: TBA, 232-8400 Traditional : Mary Menager, 232-8400

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More to come!!!!
All Information based on history provided by:
Tucson Unified School District 1, The First Hundred Years & Numerous editions of Catalina's Yearbook: The Torch, and newspaper The Trumpeteer.