Our Story
Pedro W. Guerrero Elementary School [2000]

When the doors opened on August 16, 2000, over 600 students were ready for the first day of learning at Pedro W. Guerrero Elementary. The school included classes from early kindergarten to 6th grade. The staff was proud to be the 54th elementary school in the Mesa Unified District.

 

The school was named after Pedro W. Guerrero, a prominent businessman and leader in the community. A dedication ceremony was held on April 6, 2001, and included a ribbon cutting, open house, school tours and entertainment. Parents, students and staff took part in creating a community mosaic mural of our mascot, the Gecko, which is located in a place of prominence inside the school. 

 

Several people were asked to speak at the event, including our first principal, Bob Fleischmann, who gave the opening and closing remarks, Dr. Debra Duvall, Superintendent Mesa Public Schools and Zarco Guerrero, professional artist and grandson of Pedro, who represented the Guerrero family.

Our Namesake

Pedro W. Guerrero

(Excerpt taken from Dedication Ceremony program-2001.)

Born in Solomonville, Arizona in 1896, Pedro W Guerrero came to Mesa as a young man and impacted this community greatly with his activism and civil contributions. He was a Mesa pioneer, prominent businessman and leader in the community.

In 1916 he founded one of the longest running sign companies in the state of Arizona, the Guerrero-Lindsey Sign company. In the early 1950s, inspired by Rosaura's cooking, the Guerrero family created Rosarita Foods, which later became a national company. In 1962, Pedro became the first American of Mexican descent to be the District Governor of the Rotary Club in the State of Arizona. His position of leadership opened the doors of many other businesses to flourish in the area.

Pedro along with his wife Rosaura were ahead of their times when in 1938 they established "La Division Juvenil" which took Mexican American youth of the streets of Mesa to provide them with counseling, mentorship and programs that stressed pride in themselves, in their culture and emphasized responsible citizenship qualities and sportsmanship.