Bonillas School—Origin of Name

A student of Tucson's second public school John Spring, Ignacio Bonillas was so poor that he often missed school to go to work. During a visit to the school that Bonillas attended, Arizona Governor Anson P.K. Safford found out why he was frequently absent. The governor offered to pay for Bonillas's school books and supplies, provided Bonillas helped the governor with chores such as feeding his mules. (Tucson was the state capital at the time.)

Bonillas grew up to become a teacher in Tucson. Bonillas Magnet Elementary School, a part of the Tucson Unified School District, was named for Ignacio Bonillas in 1953. It's located at 4757 E. Winsett Street.


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Turner, Jim. "Life in the Old Pueblo: Dedicated student is on Tucson's honor roll."  Arizona Daily Star. September 19, 2010 |

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