Cartwright Elementary School District

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Cartwright Elementary School District
Px-Cartweight School 1921.jpg
Cartwright School
Cartwright Elementary School District is located in Arizona
Cartwright Elementary School District
Cartwright Elementary School District is located in the US
Cartwright Elementary School District
Location 5833 W. Thomas Rd. Phoenix, Arizona
Coordinates 33°28′48″N 112°11′07″W / 33.48°N 112.185278°W / 33.48; -112.185278
Built 1921
NRHP reference #


Added to NRHP 1993

Cartwright Elementary School District is a school district in Phoenix, Arizona, United States which operates several elementary and middle schools. Estrella Middle School is in this district.

Early history[edit]

The area at 51st Avenue and Thomas Road was settled and homesteaded by Reddick Jasper Cartwright (June 24, 1837 – June 8, 1914), a native of Illinois, in 1877. In 1884, Tom Brockman, a native of California and fellow homesteader, donated land at 59th Avenue and Thomas Road for a school site. Cartwright and his neighbors raised enough funds to build the first one-room school house. In 1921, Cartwright School joined a neighboring school known as Independence and the Cartwright School District was founded. Mr. Glenn L. Downs became the first superintendent of the district in 1928. Mr. Downs and his family lived in the residence which is currently the Cartwright Heritage House. The two-story original all brick structure was replaced with the structure which stands today. The Cartwright School was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.[3]

Gallery of Historical Cartwright School[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ *The nomination form for the PIS (via email request)—Arizona NRHP forms are not available in NPS Focus
  3. ^ Cartwright School District
  4. ^ "National Register of Historical Places - ARIZONA (AZ), Maricopa County". Retrieved 2012-06-19. 

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