History... Catalina High School, Tucson, Arizona,
of the Trojans...
out of the desert we grew!
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 1953, construction crews broke ground to begin the
building of a new high school to be located at 3645 East Pima Street.
January 21, 1957, an only partially completed Catalina, received a full
student body. The students themselves helped move equipment and furniture
to 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.
The building contains 79 class rooms, including one
library, a unique circular auditorium, one of the largest gymnasiums in Arizona,
a girl's gymnasium which is separate from the main gym, cafeteria, and a
complete wing of administration offices, just to mention a few of the
outstanding areas of the plant. Additional classrooms, shower and locker facilities and a science
wing were added later funded with 10-cent levy funds and federal aid under
Public Law 815.
To quote R.T. Gridley, principal of C.H.S.: "The
beautiful buildings were constructed for the pupils - they were considered
first. There is no 'gingerbread'; every foot of space is utilized."
Perhaps this statement will serve equally well in portraying the student's
reaction toward the $2,933,314.88 structure. With the passing of every
day, the student body becomes more aware of the luxurious, but functional design
of the buildings. A ramp extending from
the first to the second floor of the main class room wing makes it less
breathtaking to climb the height; the school-wide PA system saves much
time and walking for administrators and students; there is a chute on
the outside of the library to make it easier for the students to return
books...for all this we are thankful. 1957 TorchIt 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.
Webmaster's Note: I was a member
of the 1958 Catalina High School Senior Advisory Board. We had the
privilege of accepting the school fight song and choosing the school emblem of the
Trojan head and the design.
Does anyone remember who presented this design. This is the head on Gridley's
It can also be found on our first Trojan Trumpeteer found on the
CATALINA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1958 TUCSON, AZ
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