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Tucson High's new football field is vandalized

Tucson High's new football field is vandalized

The recently renovated football field at Tucson High Magnet School was vandalized sometime early Tuesday morning.

The Tucson Unified School District shared an image that showed writing on the sideline of the artificial turf field.

TUSD reported the incident to the district’s school safety department and to the Tucson Police Department.

“This criminal activity harms the school, the students and the community,” the district said in a press release.

The district reopened the renovated football field at Tucson High just last summer, spokeswoman Karla Escamilla said.

The school was forced to temporarily close Gridley Stadium in July 2017 after severe flooding from a monsoon storm transformed the field into “Gridley Lake.”

Tucson High football coach Justin Argraves said in 2018 that the renovation cost about $700,000.

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact the Tucson Police Department’s nonemergency line, 791-4444, or TUSD School Safety, 584-7680.

Contact reporter Brenna Bailey at bbailey@tucson.com or 520-573-4279. On Twitter: @brennanonymous.

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Brenna explains how national, state and local K-12 education issues impact Tucson schools. She's a proud product of Arizona public schools. Send her news tips, story ideas and existential life questions at bbailey@tucson.com.

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