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Dr. Gabriel Trujillo, Tucson Unified's Superintendent

Dr. Gabriel Trujillo, Superintendent of Tucson Unified School District
1010 E. Tenth St., Tucson, AZ 85719 | (520) 225-6060 | Email: Gabriel.Trujillo@tusd1.org

District 1 Podcasts

  • March 4, 2020

    Transcript (in PDF)
    Topics: COVID-19 Precautions, Sabino wins!, $5000 to Bloom, TFD Reads

  • February 26, 2020
    Topics: Basketball, the New High School, Wakefield, Raises, Facilities Improvements
  • January 30, 2020
    Topics: New Citizens, Innovation Tech, UHS Debates, High School Expo, Hiring Fairs
  • January 15, 2020
    Topics: Court release; results-based funding; SRO's; student groups
  • December 11, 2019
    Topics: Sixth Grade Options, Wakefield, Safety Upgrades, Tax Credits
  • November 25, 2019
    Topics: Howenstine PD Center, High School Expo, In Tune Newsletter, Bridges High School
  • November 20, 2019
    Topics: Wishes for Teachers, Legislative Priorities, News Stories, Sahuaro Expo
  • November 12, 2019
    Topics: Welcome Mr. Burke, Veterans and Heroes, Letter Grades, School Psychologists
  • October 22, 2019
    Topics: New Board Member; Vaping; Social Workers; STEM Club; EEF; Sports; Lila Downs
  • October 4, 2019
    Topics: Thanks, Dr. Stegeman; Social Media Threats; Subs; Shark Tank!

2018-2019 Podcasts and Newsletters >>

Message from Dr. Trujillo

September 18, 2020

This Week in TUSD

Meet Your Superintendent

Photo of Dr. TrujilloDr. Gabriel Trujillo is the superintendent of the Tucson Unified School District. He is a lifelong educator currently in his 23rd year of service in public education, starting as a teacher at both the elementary and secondary levels in the areas of English as a Second Language, English Language Arts, and later moving into school and district level administration. Dr. Trujillo has served in numerous administrative roles including assistant principal, principal, human resources director, and as an assistant superintendent here in the Tucson Unified School District. For his work as the principal of Trevor G. Browne High School in the Phoenix Union High School District, the largest comprehensive high school in the city of Phoenix with over 3,200 students, he was recognized as a Rodel Foundation Exemplary Principal finalist in 2014 and was awarded the Phoenix Union High School District's Administrator of the Year award in 2015 for the impressive academic turnaround demonstrated by Trevor G. Browne High School under his leadership. 

Dr. Trujillo accepted his current position as superintendent of Tucson Unified in March of 2017, where, after two years of service, the district demonstrated impressive academic gains as a quarter of the district's schools increased their letter grades for the 2018-19 school year, student achievement in math and English Language Arts increased by 5 to 8% for all tested grade levels on AZMERIT, and dual enrollment and advanced placement courses nearly doubled for the district's high school students. Under Dr. Trujillo's leadership, the district has increased the number of fully integrated schools to almost 30, has been granted partial release from court supervision in its long-standing Desegregation Order, has increased instructional spending to over 51%, has implemented extended day programming for credit deficient students at all of the district's high schools, and has implemented an aggressive expansion of music education and career and technical education programming throughout the district.

As the leader of Southern Arizona's largest school district and Arizona's 2nd largest public-school system, Dr. Trujillo serves about 45,000 students and their families and oversees 89 schools and programs along with district departments and personnel. An Arizona native and long-standing advocate for public education, Dr. Trujillo is a product of the Peoria Unified School District and a proud graduate of Arizona State University, where he earned both his Master's and Doctoral Degrees in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He has a commitment to academic success, access, and opportunity for every child, and a vision of excellence in customer service and family and community engagement for the Tucson Unified community. As Tucson Unified's superintendent, Dr. Trujillo has been recognized by the Arizona Music Education Association as its administrator of the year in 2018 for his support and commitment to the expansion of music education throughout the district and has been elected to serve as the President of the Arizona Association for Latino Administrators and Superintendents.

Superintendent Goals

The Governing Board approved these goals for the superintendent:
  1. Increase student enrollment
  2. Increase student academic achievement
  3. Increase the amount of district dollars associated with classroom instructional spending in line with the Arizona Auditor General’s criteria
  4. Decrease the number of classrooms without certified teachers of record
  5. Improve school climate and safety

Superintendent's Statement on Civil Unrest

Picture of people holding hands around a heartThe Tucson Unified community grieves the loss of George Floyd and all those who have lost their lives to police brutality and acts of racial violence across our nation. As a community and a public school district, we understand and embrace our role in dismantling structures of inequity, systemic discrimination, and racism in our society. This commitment is exemplified daily through the exceptional work of our African American, Mexican American, Native American, and Asian Pacific Refugee Student Services Departments and our commitment to culturally responsive practices throughout our district.

The very beauty of our district is the diversity of culture, language, nationality, ethnicity, identity, and faith that define it. As educators, we understand that our greatest and most effective method of changing the world is through the children we educate and our most powerful tool is the classroom. May our community and our nation choose this difficult moment to listen, to learn, and to love.

Declaración del Superintendente sobre la Intranquilidad Civil

La Comunidad del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Tucson siente profundamente la perdida de George Floyd y todas aquellas personas que han perdido la vida debido a brutalidad policiaca y en actos de violencia racial a través del nuestra nación. Como comunidad y distrito escolar público, entendemos y acogemos nuestra labor en desmantelar las estructuras de desigualdad, discriminación sistemática y el racismo en nuestra sociedad. Este compromiso se representa diariamente en el trabajo excepcional de nuestros departamentos de Servicios a Estudiantiles, Afroamericanos, Mexicoamericanos, Nativo Americanos y de Refugiados Asiático del Pacifico y nuestra comunidad para representar culturalmente las practicas a través de nuestro distrito escolar.

La belleza de nuestro distrito se define por la diversidad de cultura, lenguaje, nacionalidad, etnicidad, identidad y fe como se define. Como educadores, entendemos que el método más grande y eficiente que tenemos para cambiar el mundo es la educación que proveemos a los estudiantes y nuestra herramienta más poderosa es el salón de clases. Que nuestra comunidad y nuestra nación utilice estos momentos difíciles para aprender, escuchar y amar.

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