The original one-room adobe school building built in 1922 was modern-looking with the roofline having a half moon-shaped arch at the center of the structure. The corners of the building stepped up in elevation from the roofline and there were two large windows with glass panes on the east side.
SUSD begins the first hot lunch program in the state of Arizona
Sunnyside School Neighborhood organizes community club.
School population begins with 17 ends with 50
Valencia Elementary School on Valencia Rd.
Sunnyside Junior High School as an Elementary School
Population of Tucson 45,454.
First Sunnyside Band is organized.
Mission Manor Elementary School Opens. The original building had 6 rooms.
Liberty Elementary School (Original Building) Opens
Base pay for new teachers $3,800.
Sunnyside High School Opens.
Los Ranchitos Elementary School Opens, they open their doors to the public in 1960.
Population of Tucson 212,892.
Sunnyside Jr. High School (as a Jr. High School)
Elvira Elementary School Opens, Original building.
Current picture of the District Administration Office.
Price of a Sunnyside School Year Book $5.00
SUSD Enrollment 5,201
Base pay for new teachers $5,000.
279 Seniors Graduate from Sunnyside High School
Construction of Adult Education Center at Liberty
Los Ninos Elementary School (Original Building)
Cost of a hamburger at Sunnyside High School, 20 cents
2,850 lunches served daily for elementary schools and Jr. high
Sunnyside District's Transportation Department serves 25,000 students weekly
Population of Tucson 262,933
Apollo Middle School opens in 1972.
Student enrollment for the Sunnyside Unified School District reaches 10,000 students.
Santa Clara Elementary School opened in 1972 with a total number of 711 students enrolled ranging from grades K-6th. A total number 24 teachers were hired to teach these young students. The first principal of Santa Clara was Mr. Eugene C. Barker.
The original Drexel Elementary School opened in 1973 to serve students. With the rapid growth in the district, the school eventually would reopen to accommodate more students years later in 1986 with Robert Baldridge serving as principal.
Craycroft Elementary School opened in 1973 to serve students on the East side of the school district. Due to growing numbers, the school was remolded and reopened in 1987 with Dr. Mary Bergman as principal.
Sunnyside District becomes the first school district in Arizona and the 4th in the nation to place all grades, K-12, on the 45-15 year-round education schedule.
Sunnyside Unified School District transports an average of 2,825 students per day in 22 school buses.
On an average day, 4,400 lunches are served to students across the schools in the District.
In October 1974, the courts agreed to a settlement between Tucson Airport Authority-City of Tucson vs.
Sunnyside Junior High School moved from the building on Valencia and Nogales Highway to Del Moral Boulevard. The reason for the move was to decrease airplane distractions of incoming and outgoing airplanes from the airport.
Valencia School moved from its original location on Valencia Road to South Campbell Avenue to serve special needs students, ranging from 5 to 22.
To relieve overcrowding in the District, Esperanza Elementary School opened its doors to include first through sixth graders who had been attending Los Ranchitos School in double sessions.
Chaparral Junior High School opened as the second junior high in the District, serving grades 7th and 8th. The school housed 850 students for the school year.
Modeled after the building blueprints of Esperanza Elementary School, Gallego Elementary School was built with 24 regular classrooms to house 650 students and included smaller special-use rooms for kindergarten, adaptive education, music, and art. Mrs.
As the population of the Sunnyside Unified School District continued to grow, Desert View High School was built to house students in grades ninth through twelfth.
To accommodate the growing number of students, Drexel Elementary School was remolded and updated with bond money from 1981.
To accommodate the growing number of students, Craycroft Elementary School was remolded and updated with bond money from 1981.
To add variety to the school names in the Sunnyside District, Sunnyside Middle School was renamed Sierra Middle School for the 1987-1988 school year.
Los Amigos Elementary School was built on a ten-acre site on Drexel between Campbell and Tucson Boulevard. The site was purchased with bond funds from November 3, 1981, Bond Election and the new school was constructed with those funds.
To celebrate the opening of the new school, a dedication ceremony was held on October 25th, 1991. Students and staff celebrated the new opening with an outdoor picnic of hamburgers, hotdogs, and a special cake made by the District Food Services in honor of the occasion.
Valencia School undergoes a name change and becomes Ocotillo School. The school was remodeled to accommodate the growing population and relieve enrollment numbers of Los Amigos and Drexel Elementary School.
Mission Manor Elementary School reopened in 1986 with a brand new school building, remolded with override bond funds, to serve students in grades K-5th.
To help ease enrollment numbers in the District's middle schools, Challenger Middle School was built in 1997 to serve students from Elvira, Santa Clara, and Summit View. The school housed grades sixth through eighth, and the first principal to serve at Challenger was Jud Jones.
To serve the families in the Summit View neighborhood, Summit View Elementary School was built and served students in grades K-5th. The first principal of Summit View Elementary School was Jose Covarrubia.
In 2003, the need for an alternative learning environment for high school students led to the creation of S.T.A.R., and serving as the first director/principal was Pamela Cornell. Years later in 2018, S.T.A.R. officially was renamed Star Academic High School and took on the mascot of Lions.
Billy Lane Lauffer (October 20, 1945 – September 21, 1966) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Vietam War. Lauffer Middle School was named after Pfc Lauffer to honor the sacrifice he made for
Gallego is the K-3 sister school to Gallego Intermediate as both make up the District’s K-8 Fine Arts Magnet. Gallego Primary is also the only school in the district that is uniquely a K-3 school.
Rivera Elementary School was renamed after originally being named Gallego Elementary School. Once the Gallego School was moved to a new location, the SUSD Governing Board approved the name Rivera Elementary School.
Gallego Basic expanded into a K-8 program and the school site was named after the Gallego family who donated land to Sunnyside and was honored by naming a school after the family.