TCDS Legacy

Tucson Country Day School when it was a deer ranch

In October 1968, our founder, Mr. Richard Cooper purchased a 22-acre Deer Ranch Park with plans to build a summer camp and school.

Tucson Country Day School campus

Shortly after, Tucson Country Day School opened as a private Pre-K and Kindergarten program. There were 30 students, five staff members, and five classrooms.

The following summer, Tucson Country Day School started operating as Camp Adventure, drawing children from the entire Tucson area during the summer months. Children participated in archery, athletics, practiced cattle roping, and a variety of other outdoor activities.

Where it all started!

After three decades of operating as a private school, Mr. Cooper decided it was time to change course. He pursued his vision to provide everybody in the Tucson area the opportunity to obtain a quality education without the expense of a private school. Mr. Cooper established a Charter with the state of Arizona, which operates as Tucson Country Day School to this day.

TCDS is proud to have reached its 50th year in operation and looks forward to continue growing with the Tucson community.