Help us meet our $5,000 Band Challenge Grant

The Catalina High School Foundation has received a $5,000 challenge grant, The Last Chair Tuba Player Fund, from an alum that requires that we raise matching funds to receive the grant. Your help is very much needed!

The Catalina High School Band offers students an opportunity to create a strong high school memory while participating in an activity. The Tucson Unified School District lacks the funds to support a true band program at the school and the student body is one of the poorest in the city. This combined donation would make a huge difference for many students as well as generating student spirit and improving morale.

“I am so excited to think of all the new opportunities that would be available to the CHS Band with this donation” – Robert Troglia, CHS Band Director

We must raise $5,000 by March 15, 2015 in order to receive the challenge grant. Please help by donating as soon as you can. The Catalina High School Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, and your donations are tax deductible. You can donate two ways:

  • Send a check made out to CHSF, noting it is for the Band Challenge, and mail to 6740 N. Calle Lomita Tucson, AZ 85704
  • Make a donation through PayPal on our website, click here to go to the Donate page
    • Click the Donate button
    • Click the Add Special Instructions button and note Band Challenge

Please help us by passing this on to other alumni who might be interested in donating. For any questions you can contact us.

Thank you for your support of this great project. With your help, CHS students will soon be stomping their feet to the strains of the Trojan Band!

Oct. 16, 2014 Spotlight on our Stars

Please join us at the Catalina High School Foundation annual social

Thursday, October 16, from 5 to 7pm

Pima County Medical Society at 5199 E Farness, (east of Rosemont and south of Grant near TMC),

The theme is Spotlight on our Stars and we will announce a very distinguished Alum of the Year and also add members to our Hall of Fame.

There will be food and drinks and fun so be sure to come and enjoy an eve with alums from all different classes.


Class of ’64 – 50 Year Reunion

Hey, classmates—our big reunion is just a month away, and it’s not too late to register!  If you’ve forgotten to send in your RSVP, send it in NOW—if you need another one, let us know!  Tickets can be purchased at the door for $50 per person Friday night per person, $80 per person for Saturday, or $120 per person for both nights.  Tickets purchased up until then are $40 for Friday, $70 for Saturday, or $100 per person for all events.  Coded badges for admittance to events will be issued ONLY to paid ticket holders.

Reduced hotel rates for reunion attendees are available at  Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites ONLY until September 12,  $114/night + tax, breakfast included, phone 520 202-4000 and mention Catalina High School Class of 1964 Reunion when making reservations.  Fairfield Inn and Suites is less than 2 miles from Hilton El Con on Oracle Road.   Rooms are available also at Holiday Inn 520 544-2100, although the special rate for reunion attendees expired 9/1.

Keep checking Shutterfly site, password gridley  to check out your classmates’ bio forms, and the list of people coming to the reunion.  The Shutterfly memory book will be an ongoing site, updated as we receive bio forms, photos, and classmate news.  Send in your bio and photos!

Response to invitations has been fabulous, and there will be a big crowd.  WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO A FANTASTIC WEEKEND—DON’T MISS IT! 


Jim Blough, Shirley (Taylor) Blough, Jill (Gebhardt) Coleman, Jacquie (Herman) Daglio, Newton Don, Reid Ehlenburg,

Terry Gibbons, Peggy (Burke) Guerra, David Kopec, Jim Maneval, Ken Nardi, Randy McNellis, Jerry (Cornell) Waid, Sherry (Kornberg) Weiss

Class of 74 – 40 Year Reunion

The 40th Reunion of the CHS graduating class of 1974 is Oct.18, 2014 at The Westward Look

A block of rooms has been reserved for CHS74 guests at a discounted rate.  Please reference the Catalina High School 40th Reunion when making your reservations.  Make your reservation by September 17, 2014.

For more details visit the reunion website or send requests for information to


Class of 64 – 50 Year Reunion Room Rates

The Hilton El Conquistador is offering a special room rate of $139 per night for the reunion.  Call 1-800-325-7832 – mention group code “CHSR”.  The reservation deadline is September 10, 2014.

Contact Peggy Burke Guerra with questions

Remember the 50s?

Crinolines galore.  Duck tails.  White T-shirts.  Saddle shoes and white bucks.  Hot rods.  Johnie’s Drive Inn.  And the strains of rock ‘n roll.

Let’s reminisce with Ray Lindstrom ’59 and Burt Schneider ’59 as they take us on a stroll down memory lane with the rock ‘n roll bands which sprang from the classes at Catalina.  Watch a video of their efforts to record these bands and hear how they made Zoom Records popular in Pittsburgh, PA.


Join us at Sandy Elers’ home on Saturday, March 22, 2014, from 10 AM to noon.  Savor hot dogs and root beer floats.  What could be a better way to remember those wonderful years?

Make your reservation by email at

A Royal Blue Evening

 Thursday, October 17
5 – 7 PM
5199 E Farness
(Pima Co. Medical Building, south of TMC)
Brand New Hall of Fame!
Alum of the Year!
Silent Auction!
RSVP – acceptances only
$20 donation suggested
Cash Bar

What If You Could By Pass The Government Bureaucracy and Send Your Tax Dollars Directly to Catalina

You Can!!!!  Use this link to make a donation direction to Catalina High School and take a dollar for dollar tax credit on your next return.

Consult your tax professional to understand the full benefits of making a donation directly to Catalina High School.





Class of 1964 – Announces 50 Reunion

The graduating class of 1964 will hold their 50th reunion October 10-11, 2014 at the Hilton El Conquistador

The details are still in works!  Further updates will be posted on the Catalina High School Foundation website, so stay tuned!

In the meantime please direct all inquiries to Peggy Burke Guerra at

Mark your calendars now!

CHSF Social October 17th

The Annual CHSF Social is scheduled for October 17th from 5-7.  It will be held this year in the Pima County Medical Society Building  5199 E. Farness (south of TMC).  It is bound to be a very special evening – as not only will there be an announcement of the Alum of the Year but of the first inductees into the Hall of Fame.

There will be food, fun and friends as well as a very small auction with a wonderful selection of  unique items – perfect as a treat for yourself – or in time for the gift giving season!

It is a grand excuse for a bit of a mini reunion, as well as a chance to catch up with friends from other classes – and to hear about what is new at the school (and even talk with a few of the students and the principal).

Round up a couple of friends and make an evening of it.  RSVP is to:  or 260-9171