School History

LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT 

Robert R. Gray Elementary School

 Mr. Robert R. Gray 

Robert Ridgely Gray

(1910-2003)

Robert R. Gray Elementary is named after Robert Ridgley Gray. Mr. Gray was principal of the former Fairmont Heights Elementary School which was located at the intersection of Addison Road and Sheriff Roads. He served as principal from its opening in 1934 until his retirement in 1970. He was also mayor of Fairmont Heights from 1977-1989. Mr. Gray was an extraordinary educator, administrator, and role model for all children. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Morgan State University and his Master of Arts degree in Administration and Supervision from New York University. Mr. Gray believed that all children should receive a quality education. The administration and staff of Robert R. Gray Elementary work diligently to keep Mr. Gray’s dream active.

Robert R. Gray Elementary was built in 2001 on the grounds of the former Mary McLeod Bethune Junior High. The doors opened to staff and students in August 2001.  Mr. Prentice A. Christian, Jr. was the first principal and Mrs. Monique Davis was the first Vice Principal. When the doors opened, there were approximately 60 staff members and 600 students during the first year.

Mr. Gray was deceased on April 23, 2003 at the age of 92.  His wife, Mildred Gray, is also deceased.

Major Accomplishments in 2015-2016 Include:

  • Partnership with PITS Sports (Community Thanksgiving Dinner)
  • "Bike Safety Rodeo" in conjunction with the Town of Fairmont Heights
  • Community Job Fair in Partnership with Councilwoman Andrea Harrison
  • Continued Partnership with PG Continentals, Inc.
  • Community Earth Day Planting Project
  • Healthy Schools Alliance  

Major Accomplishments in 2014-2015 Include:   

  • Title I Highest Progress School
  • National Title I Distinguished School

Major Accomplishments in 2013-2014 Include:  

  • Meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for all reporting subgroups
  • National Silver School for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
  • First Annual National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) Induction Ceremony

Major Accomplishments in 2012-2013 Include:  

  • Meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for all reporting subgroups
  • National Silver School for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation  

Major Accomplishments in 2011-2012 Include:

  • Meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for all reporting subgroups
  • National Bronze School for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation 

Major Accomplishments in 2005-2006 Include:

  • Maintaining a strong instructional program to meet the diverse needs of our population
  • Meeting the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for all reporting subgroups
  • Our elementary school marching band made HISTORY as the 1st elementary school marching band to  participate in the National Cherry Blossom Festival
  • Established FREE morning and afternoon tutoring for our students
  • Partnered with the national organization, First Books. As a result of this partnership, Robert R. Gray
  • Won grand prize in the Pennies for Patients Crazy Coin Contest raising $1,427.90 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 
  • Participate in an Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration of Literacy sponsored by First Book and Abundant Forest Alliance

Major Accomplishments in 2004-2005 Include:

  • Maintaining a strong instructional program to meet the diverse needs of our population
  • Host our 1st Annual Community Day!
  • Created the ONLY elementary school marching band in Maryland Public Schools
  • Established FREE morning and afternoon tutoring for our students  

Major Accomplishments in 2003-2004 Include:

  • Maintaining a strong instructional program to meet the diverse needs of our population
  • Meeting the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for all reporting subgroups

Major Accomplishments in 2002-2003 Include:

  • Maintaining a strong instructional program to meet the diverse needs of our population

Major Accomplishments in 2001-2002 Include:

  • Successfully integrating 650 students from over 25 different county schools into a caring, nurturing environment which developed a culture of achievement and respect
  • Establishing a strong instructional program to meet the diverse needs of our population
  • Passing a school-wide mandatory uniform policy with approximately 80% parent approval
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