Remembering Parker-Gray School from 1920 – 1965

Behind the scene of the article on Parker-Gray School.

Parker-Gray School
1920 – 1965

Parker-Gray School was established in 1920 in Alexandria, Virginia. The first building was located at 901 Wythe Street where the present day Charles Houston Recreation Center is located. The school had grades 1 through 8. By 1930s, high school classes were added going up to grade 11. The first graduating class was in 1936. In September 1950, Parker-Gray High School moved into their new building at 1207 Madison Street. The last graduating high school class was in 1965. In 1975, the Parker-Gray Alumni Association started to celebrate Parker-Gray School’s history and to award scholarships to descendants of Parker-Gray School.

An article in the Alexandria Gazette Packet dated August 2, 2018, on page 11 gives more details of Parker-Gray School’s humble beginnings. You can read the article at If you want to attend this year Parker-Gray School’s Alumni Banquet weekend scheduled for August 17 – 19, 2018, please send an e-mail to me with your contact information; I will pass the information to the coordinator of the Parker-Gray Alumni Association.

1942 Parker-Gray High School Teachers and Graduating Class

Parker-Gray High School
Alexandria, Virginia Parker-Gray High School

The Parker-High School year of 1941 to 1942 had one principal and twenty teachers.

William H. Pitts, Sr. – Principal
A.W. Adkins – Tenth Grade
Susie Anderson – Eighth Grade
Ferris Holland – Ninth Grade
Louis Johnson – Industrial Arts
Rubye S. Johnson – Eighth Grade
Edith W. Keys – Eighth Grade
Sarah Mickie – Eleventh Grade
E.L. Patterson – Tenth Grade
Dorothy Pierce – Ninth Grade
Ruby F. Smith – Home Economics
Helen L. Day – Fifth Grade
Marie T. Butler – First Grade
Bernice W. Diggs – Opportunity
Laura M. Dorsey – Third Grade
Ellen C. Goods – Third Grade
Thelma L. Mickens – Second Grade
Alma P. Murray – First Grade
Elease Newman – Second Grade
Julia Prichett – Fourth Grade
Earleen D. Luckett Willis – French

Parker-Gray High School graduating class of 1942 had twenty-seven students.

Barbara Adkins (Ridley)
Robert Adkins
Richard Bentley
Florence Butler (Coleman)
John Chissell
Lois Cross (Brooks)
Ernest Dial
Virginia Fortune (Slaughter)
Mathew Harris
Marion Howard (Smith)
James Jackson
Ruth Jackson (Young)
Margaret Lewis
Theodore Lloyd
Lola Lucas
James McCullough
Isaac Nelson
Charles Price
Mary Lois Roberts
Louise Robinson (Nelson)
Lee Scott
Lorraine Tate
Eunice Taylor (Frazier)
Lillian Terrell
Isabel Wallace
Mae Warren
Margaret Williams

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