Tucson Historic Sports Venues and Artifacts: Olympic Flag Pole at Los Ranchitos

NOTE: The 6th in a series of tracking down lost or forgotten sports venues, trophies and artifacts in the Old Pueblo.

(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson Photos)

Los Ranchitos Elementary was built in 1961 in the Sunnyside School District and the school needed a flagpole. The architect (Blanton and Cole) brought in a 44-footer from the 1960 Winter Olympics held in Squaw Valley, California.

The flagpole is signed by Walt Disney (well sort of).

Los Ranchitos is no longer an elementary school but the memories remain and the district uses the buildings for other purposes.



Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee and he earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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