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Tucson Historic Sports Venues and Artifacts: Teams Didn’t Want To Play Tucson Indian School


The Tucson Indian Training School opened in 1888 at the northwest corner of Congress and Sixth Avenue and moved to the grounds of what is now Roskruge K-8 on Sixth Street in 1889. The school relocated at 802 W. Ajo Way in 1907 where it remained until it closed in 1960.

Students living at the site began attending Pueblo High School in 1957. The Braves were coached by the future head coach of the University of Arizona. Guillaume Ruthrauff from 1889 to 1904 (26-4-4). If the name sounds familiar to you, Ruthrauff Road is named after its brother John Mosheim “Mos” Ruthrauff Jr.

The school started playing more high schools as they opened and the Braves beat Marana at 48-19 football in 1956. The Santa Cruz Plaza began construction on the site (Ajo / I-10 Freeway ) in 1981 and was anchored by Mervyn’s. It was Tucson’s largest outdoor mall when it first opened.


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