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 United States
Cartwright Elementary School District
Location5833 W. Thomas Rd. Phoenix, Arizona
Coordinates33°29′N 112°11′W / 33.48°N 112.19°W / 33.48; -112.19
NRHP reference No.93000739 [1][2]
Added to NRHP1993

Cartwright Elementary School District is a school district in Phoenix, Arizona, United States which operates 21 schools in the city's Maryvale neighborhood. The district contains twelve K–5 elementary schools, four K–8 elementary schools, four 6th–8th grade middle schools and a preschool. that serve more than 18,000 students.[3]

Early history[edit]

The area at 51st Avenue and Thomas Road was settled and homesteaded by Reddick Jasper Cartwright (1837–1914), 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.[4]


  • Bret R. Tarver School
  • G. Frank Davidson School
  • Marc T. Atkinson Middle School
  • Byron A. Barry School
  • Glenn L. Downs School
  • Palm Lane School
  • Cartwright School
  • Heatherbrae School
  • Peralta School
  • Charles W. Harris School
  • Holiday Park School
  • Raúl H. Castro Middle School
  • Desert Sands Middle School
  • John F. Long School
  • Starlight Park School
  • Estrella Middle School
  • Justine Spitalny School
  • Sunset School
  • Frank Borman School
  • Manuel "Lito" Peña Jr School
  • Tomahawk School

Gallery of Historical Cartwright School[edit]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ *The nomination form for the PIS (via email request)—Arizona NRHP forms are not available in NPS Focus
  3. ^ "Home".
  4. ^ "Cartwright School District". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  5. ^ "National Register of Historical Places – Arizona (AZ), Maricopa County". Retrieved 2012-06-19.

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