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
January 12, 1957
First Graduating Class:
Gridley 1956- 1968
Hendrickson 1968- 1978
McConnell 1978- 1980
Dr. Lou Ann Daldrup 1985- 1989
Miller 1991- 1994
Mrs. Linda Schloss
Dr. Michael Schwanenberger 2001- 2004
Mr. Dan Bailey
Ms. Linda Patterson
Mr. Rex Scott
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.
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
Tucson Unified School District 1, The First
Hundred Years & Numerous editions of Catalina's Yearbook: The Torch, and newspaper