Tucson Historic Sports Venues and Artifacts: Teams did not want to play the Tucson Indian School

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

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

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


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