Tucson.com, July 9th, 2020. Full article <here>
In Tucson for the Northern Telecom Open golf tournament, singer John Denver participated in the Royal Readers program at Tanque Verde Elementary School. Celebrity readers were given the royal treatment with a cape and a crown. On Feb. 11, 1992, one of the books Denver selected to read to the class was one he wrote, called "The Christmas Tree." By the way: For more than eight years beginning in 1949, Denver lived in Tucson and attended school here while his father was stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. At that time, he was known as Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. While he lived here, little Henry John sang in the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus.
TVUSD Editor's Note: While at the former Tanque Verde Elementary School (TVES), John Denver dedicated a pine tree to the school. When the new Emily Gray Jr. High School was built on the original elementary school site, the tree was removed and transplanted at the new TVES school site on E. Fennimore Rd. Unfortunately, the tree did not survive being transplanted. But it's memory lives on with those of us who have been here a long while!
Some of the old TVES was retained, and still serves as the District Administration Building, at 2300 N. Tanque Verde Loop Rd.