On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, Tuffree Middle School in Placentia will celebrate their 50 year anniversary! The school will host a special ceremony on the back field for students and parents at 10:00 am, and then an Open House in the multi-purpose room from 3:00-4:30 pm. The afternoon event is open to the public, and will include alumni band and choir performances.
“If you know of former Tuffree alumni students or faculty, be sure to pass the word,” shared principal, Cindy Freeman. “We would love to celebrate with them.”
Tuffree Middle School was named after a local historical figure, Colonel John Kendall Tuffree. He was born in 1841. In 1871 he came to California. Upon his marriage to Carolina Borromeo Polhemus, the two received a wedding present of the land from her parents. Colonel Tuffree was an agent for the Robinson Trust and had many other businesses. The big Tuffree reservoir that irrigated the surrounding ranches is currently the lake at Tri City Park. As it stands, the school is built on part of the Tuffree family land holdings.
In total, three Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) schools opened in 1968 — Glenknoll and Brookhaven elementary schools, and of course, Tuffree. Congratulations on 50 great years, Falcons!