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Message from Our Superintendent

October 2022 Superintendent Message:

Dear Tolleson Union High School District Community,

This month, I want to start off with some good news by highlighting that our credit rating as a district has been upgraded by Moody’s Investor Services, one of the most influential and prestigious credit institutions in the world. I am the proud superintendent of TUHSD, and I am proud because this credit rating upgrade reflects the support of this outstanding community, and I am fortunate to have an outstanding, supportive governing board. This credit rating upgrade for our district is phenomenal. It speaks to the outstanding work of our Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Jeremy Calles, and our business services department for the work they’ve done to make us one of the highest rated districts in Arizona. I also realize that we couldn’t have achieved this without the strong support of our local community who supports our bonds and overrides time and time again. Thank you!

A very important event took place recently with the dedication of a permanent plaque in honor of Dr. Charles A. Landis at the football stadium on the campus of Tolleson Union High School, which also bears Dr. Landis’ name. Dr. Landis served TUHSD for over 25 years as the Superintendent and an administrator. The stadium dedication in Dr. Landis’ honor and unveiling of a special permanent plaque took place at the first home football game during halftime. Dr. Landis’ family, friends, school board members, and community members were in attendance to commemorate Dr. Landis with many warm words, memories, and stories. I especially want to thank Dr. Landis’ children, Ted Landis and Kim Franz, for sharing their father and his servant spirit with TUHSD and the community for over 37 years. It was a special night honoring a wonderful man!

We always like to hear what our former students are up to. Recently, we became aware of one of our former University High School students. Private First Class Poolee Carson, a graduate from University High School, not only has become a Marine, but she went above and beyond and graduated from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego! A recent post by the West Phoenix Marines Facebook page acknowledged Poolee’s accomplishment. 

We are proud of her and wish her the utmost best in your next endeavors!

Important dates to note for the month of October:

  • End of the First Quarter – Friday, October 7, 2022

  • Fall Break – Monday, October 10, 2022, through Friday, October 14, 2022 (No School)

  • Indigenous People’s Day – Monday, October 10, 2022

Just a reminder to check our district website, our Facebook page, and our Twitter feed for the latest TUHSD information.


Nora Gutierrez

Nora Gutierrez

Superintendent Award

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