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Happy 150th Birthday, Tucson Unified

150 years - Arizona's First - Established in 1867

#TUSDPillars

Listen to some short audio interviews with some very significant people! Tucson Unified continues to grow by "standing on the shoulders of giants."

We're celebrating our #TUSD150 year history through storytelling with people and families about their careers and TUSD schools, buildings and sites dedicated in their honor.

Do you know a TUSD Pillar? Please send the name of the location and the contact information for the honoree to media@tusd1.org.

We're happy to present audio interviews with the honorees below. For closed captioning, please click the person's name.

Listen to the Interviews...
Listen to the audio recordings below! For closed-captioning, please click the person's name.
  • Dr. David Ashcraft
    "I guess I had an out of body experience." Dr. David Ashcraft. TUSD Pillars. Tucson Unified School District - 150 years.

    Dr. David Ashcraft, Educator - The David Ashcraft Center for the Performing Arts, Sahuaro High School

  • Dr. Mary Belle McCorkle
    "It’s the backbone of democracy." Dr. Mary Belle McCorkle. TUSD Pillars. Tucson Unified School District - 150 years.

    Dr. Mary Belle McCorkle, Educator and former governing board member - Mary Belle McCorkle Academy of Excellence K-8

  • Dr. Tom Scarborough
    "I am just part of this all-star team." Jim Tallmadge. TUSD Pillars. Tucson Unified School District - 150 years.

    Dr. Tom Scarborough, Educator - Tom Scarborough Library at Cholla High School

  • Meg Tully
    "TUSD is my family business." Meg Tully. TUSD Pillars. Tucson Unified School District - 150 years.

    Meg Tully, UHS teacher and member of the Tully family - Tully Elementary School

  • Jim Tallmadge
    "I am just part of this all-star team." Jim Tallmadge. TUSD Pillars. Tucson Unified School District - 150 years.

    Jim Tallmadge, Chess coach extraordinaire - Tallmadge Hall at Sam Hughes Elementary