Latest Tucson High Magnet School Stories

2008-07-21 12:01:08

By Rhonda Bodfield, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Jul. 21--Ally Tanzillo wouldn't strike you as a problem for the Tucson Unified School District. The 17-year-old keeps her grade-point average at 4.0. She likes hard classes, challenging herself by ensuring honors and Advanced Placement courses dominate her schedule. Going into her senior year, she already has banked some college writing credits. She tested into University High School but chose the traditional program at...

2008-06-25 09:02:27

By David Miller DNA fingerprinting. Uncovering genetic diseases. These are common elements of the most popular shows on television, the "CSI" stable of cop dramas pitting fabulous lab techs against seemingly unsolvable crimes. Such technologies capture the imagination of millions each week, tuning in to watch the sleuths battle villains using gadgets that TV sleuth Joe Friday never dreamed about. In Arizona classrooms, teachers are using such techniques to spark the imaginations of young...

2008-06-22 06:00:22

By George B. Sanchez, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Jun. 22--When officials hired Roger Pfeuffer four years ago to run Tucson's largest school district, they hoped he'd bring a sense of calm to a chaotic situation. The ensuing years turned out to be anything but, as the Tucson Unified School District emerged from its decades-old desegregation order, battled massive budget problems and federal investigations, and weathered a community storm that began after attempts to close four...

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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'