James D. Roth

                                                                                    JAMES D. ROTH
           TEACHER, BUS DRIVER, COACH, COUNSELOR, PRINCIPAL, SUPERINTENDENT
                                                                                         1960--1978

Mr. Roth was the longest serving superintendent in CUSD history and when appointed he was the youngest superintendent in the state of Arizona.

During his tenure as superintendent Kenilworth Elementary was consolidated with Coolidge Unified; 5 bonds were passed which resulted in the construction of the Performing Arts Center, CHS Cafeteria, district bus barn, two classroom wings and the library at West school and a wing of the junior high. Additionally, he started the Coolidge Christmas basketball tournament; worked with the architect for completion of the Round House; supported teachers in organizing the Coolidge Education Association; and was a charter member of Arizona School Administrators Association.

Mr. Roth was born in Fairmount, Indiana and graduated from Fairmount High School where he was class president for 3 years; President of the National Honor Society, city tennis champion, played baseball, and participated in the school plays. He played varsity basketball for 3 years and was a local and county standout. He was captain of the team, high scorer for the county, and nominated for Indiana’s Mr. Basketball. Years later, he was a member of the Regional Team, 1 of 5 top Indiana high school basketball players for the 1945-46 season that was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

His junior year, Fairmount High School won the county and sectional championship with Jim leading his team with points. His senior year, he shot the last shot to win the sectional tournament. Ten years later, Fairmount won the county and sectional championship honor again with Jim as the head coach. Until the 1997-98 school year when Indiana went to the controversial division system based on student enrollment, this record held as the only person that had played and then coached the same team that won the sectional championship.

James Roth is a graduate of Drake University with BS in education and Master’s degree in Educational Administration. In 1960, he moved his family to Coolidge, Arizona where his wife, Virginia taught elementary school, and his two daughters, Charie and Susan, graduated from Coolidge High School. Mr. Roth retired as superintendent of Sahurarita Unified School district, but he continued to substitute teach, accepted a junior high science job for a couple of years, and owned a business.

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