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Attention University High School parents/guardians: Applications are now being accepted for the 2022-23 school year. The application can be found in the Parents link titled “Application Information”. For information regarding transcript requests, enrollments, withdrawals, or the application process, please contact our school registrar, Renee Jordan. Thank you.

For notification letters regarding meal benefits, please contact Kimberly Luvisi.

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Welcome to University High School! This year University High School in Tolleson is ranked #86 in the National Rankings. Schools are ranked regarding their performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare students for college. To read more about how we rank among the Best High Schools in the United States, visit our rankings page.

Located in Tolleson, Arizona, we opened our doors in 2006 and strive to prepare high school students for college. With a rigorous curriculum, high expectations for our students, and a challenging environment, our goal is to prepare students to be successful in their next level of education. Thinking about becoming one of our new students? Please visit our New Student Information page for additional information.

A Message from Superintendent Nora Gutierrez

Dear Tolleson Union High School District Community,

I am so proud of our students and staff for their efforts to keep each other safe by wearing masks while on campus. Thank you, parents, for encouraging your students to be safe and keep others safe too. We want to continue in-person learning on our campuses, and I appreciate everyone working together with that goal in mind. We are working to make things as “normal” as possible for students, with a few extra health and safety measures in place this year. One of the biggest signs of normality, in addition to having in-person instruction, is the start of fall sports. We have been able to have a fall sports season that includes fans, students, and parents in the stands. That in and of itself is a good thing and adds to the sense of normalcy that we all crave and enjoyed pre-pandemic. I know that students are excited to connect with their friends and teammates for clubs, sports, and extracurricular activities. It takes all of us working together to continue this positive movement forward. 

TUHSD has started a mask-up social media campaign. Each week, the district is posting a new mask-up slogan and graphic encouraging students to wear a mask. We are also encouraging students to re-post and share the message onto their own social media pages to encourage the positive messages to go viral. To see our mask-up campaign, go to our Facebook page or our Twitter page

We also encourage our families to stay informed on the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and to be aware of COVID-19 vaccination locations and hours within our district boundaries. We all need to do our part to put this pandemic behind us.

We also want you to be aware of some important dates for the month of October. We will be on fall break the week of October 4. All schools will be closed for the week. Classes will begin on Monday, October 11, for the second quarter. We hope that our students and staff take this opportunity to rest, rejuvenate, refresh, and reconnect with family and friends (safely) over fall break. You all deserve it!

Celebrations and Hidden Gems

Just last month, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona announced that University High School (U-High) was named one of the country’s National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. We are thrilled that U-High was the only high school in the state of Arizona to receive this honor. The U-High administration, teachers, and staff are passionately focused on the academic achievement of every student in their care. They challenge their students every day while providing resources and supports to ensure student success. I would like to acknowledge the important role that Tolleson Union High School (TUHS) plays in the success of U-High students. All core classes at U-High are at the advanced, Pre-AP, or AP level. AP electives, with the exception of computer science, are all offered through TUHS and taught by TUHS staff in Spanish, psychology, and music. TUHS provides the social opportunities for U-High students, including diverse electives and extracurricular opportunities that support a healthy, well-rounded student. They work together for the success of all students. Congratulations to U-High for this amazing award and recognition!

We are proud to announce that a Tolleson Union High School teacher has been named KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gaydos and Chad Show’s Pay Tribute to a Teacher winner of the month. Mr. Denny Riccelli, who teaches ninth and tenth-grade math at Tolleson Union High School, has shown various acts of selflessness, including buying five cases of water each week to hand out to his students. Mr. Riccelli also has a closet in his classroom with supplies and backpacks for students who need them. We celebrate Mr. Riccelli for his recognition on KTAR as their deserving teacher of the month.

    Dates to Remember:

    • Monday, October 4 through Friday, October 8 - Fall break (no school)
    • Monday, October 11 - Second semester begins

    Be safe and stay Tolleson strong!

    Nora Gutierrez

    Nora Gutierrez
    Superintendent