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Origin of our school's name:
was the first public school teacher hired by the Tucson Unified School District
in 1867. The school opened as the first English-speaking public school in Tucson
and the Arizona Territory. Augustus Brichta was born in New York City. His
parents took him to Havana, Cuba, and then to Missouri, where he entered St.
Louis University. The family settled in Texas, in 1846 he joined a Texas
Regiment under General Zachary Taylor, the Texas Mounted Volunteers, drawing $21
per month pay and rations for his horse.
He joined the gold rush to California, but with little success he returned to Prescott, AZ. He came to Tucson in 1868 when Tucson became the Territorial capital, where he became the legislative enrolling clerk. Next, he became the first school teacher for the Tucson Unified School District. The school building was approximately 25 x 40 feet and enrolled about 55 boys of Mexican descent.
A platform and desk for Master were constructed for $15.00; nine desks and six benches furnished the dirt floor school. Due to a lack of funds the school closed after six months. Brichta was paid for only for of those six months. Brichta also operated the Wheat Saloon. He later became a hotel clerk, assistant postmaster, county recorder, constable and the first justice of the peace in Nogales. In his later years Brichta was engaged in mining ventures in the Tucson Mountains and acquired real estate in Pima County. In 1960, the Brichta School was opened to honor the first District I, teacher.
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