History of Villalovoz Elementary
Louis J. Villalovoz Elementary School opened for classes on October 29, 1987 after almost two months of delays due to problems with subcontractors and installation of carpeting. Most of the 419 enrolled students began the 1987-88 school year attending McKinley or South schools before their new school opened.
The school was the first one built in Tracy in 25 years and was unique because all of the original 16 classrooms had skylights. At the school opening, construction on a 6,400 square-foot, one million multipurpose room and two additional playgrounds was being planned.
The first principal of Villalovoz Elementary was Jacquie Gobel, and the original school colors, voted on by the students, were turquoise and hot pink.
The panda was the first and only mascot at Villalovoz.