History

Tully Magnet Elementary, a “B” school, was named for Pinkney Randolph Tully, a businessman who survived the western railroad expansion to become a twice-elected Tucson Mayor, and his adopted son, Charles Hopkins Tully, who later became Superintendent for Tucson Unified School District.

Tully Elementary was opened to students in 1957 and lies to the rear of El Rio Golf Course. In 1985, the school underwent renovation, expanded the library, developed a computer lab, and refurbished the main office and the intermediate wing. The remodeled library is one of the largest elementary libraries in Tucson Unified School District. In the early 2000’s, another building was constructed which features four additional classrooms. The site also maintains a primary wing and two pre-school classrooms. Tully Elementary is in the planning year for implementation of its new magnet focus, “Gifted and Talented”.

Previous principals include JV Stroud, William Bowers, Ernesto Galaz, Julie Strand (later an Assistant Superintendent), Dr. Ann Shaffer, Andy Diaz (Ret. General /Air Force National Guard), Judith P. Carlsten, Dr. Roman Soltero (son of former State Senator, Victor Soltero).

Achievements

  • Award Winners in National Stock Market
  • Winners, Math Championship
  • Award Winners, Community Law Contest
  • Award Winners, Odyssey of the Mind
  • Winners, Spelling Bee Spanish/English
  • Award Winners, District
  • Winners in the Southern Arizona Science FAIR
  • My Favorite Teacher Winners/Bear Essential
  • Excelling Rating 2008
  • Recognition from the Arizona State Legislature in 2008

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