Anastacio “Cachi” Martinez, Class of 1971
Entrepreneur, Architect, Community Volunteer
Anastacio “Cachi” Martinez is a native Tucsonan who was born in Barrio Hollywood.
At Tucson High Cachi, a 1971 graduate, was the model student-athlete. In addition to being a starter on the baseball and basketball teams, Cachi was the starting quarterback for the 1970 THS state championship team (arguably the best team in history of the State of Arizona). It is uncommon for someone to play three sports in high school and take advanced placement classes while maintaining a high GPA. Cachi graduated in the top ten percent of his class and was in the National Honor Society his senior year.
Cachi attended Stanford University (on an academic scholarship) and received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arizona.
Cachi honed his leadership skills as a high school and college student-athlete. These skills served him well as the current Partner/Chief Executive Officer for JZMK Partners, based in Costa Mesa, California. The firm is one of the nation’s most sought-after and respected award-winning Architecture and Urban Design firms. His leadership and project involvement spans the globe. The projects address the housing needs at all levels including low-income to high-end developments. Most recently, his firm has developed new technological/innovative ideas and products for modular construction and ‘3D printing’ of new homes.
At Santa Ana Unified School District, his firm designed a new high school and two elementary schools. The high school received recognition for its Award-Winning design. Cachi also volunteered his time to participate in the district’s “Stay-In-School” Drop-Out Prevention Program.
For decades, Cachi has returned to attend Tucson High related fund raising and alumni activities. Last year he became a member of the THS Badger Foundation. He is known for his volunteering in the community and charity giving in Tucson and Orange County, including contributions to the THS Athletic Program.
Cachi has never forgotten his roots and is always there to help the community. He is a distinguished role model that Tucson can be proud of and therefore worthy of induction into the Tucson High School Foundation Hall of Fame.