History of Bonillas Elementary
Portrait of Ignacio Bonillas  
Ignacio Bonillas

Ignacio Bonillas Elementary School also opened in 1953 with 16 classrooms. The original structure cost $386,777. The school opened with double sessions. Ignacio Bonillas was also one of the earliest teachers in Tucson, whose sister-in-law was Miss Lizzie Borton. After teaching in Tucson, Bonillas had a varied career in mining and politics on both sides of the border, serving as mayor of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, and later, in 1917, as Mexican Ambassador to the United States. In 1920, Bonillas was a presidential candidate in Mexico, losing to General Alvaro Obregon.

September 30th, 1954

Photo of Bonillas Campus in 1954Photo of Bonillas Campus from 1954

Dedication and Open House: Thursday, September 30, 1954

Newspaper from 1954 With The Text Governor Speaks At Bonillas School Dedication