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Office of Historic Alexandria Debuts Parker-Gray Commemorative Website

The Parker-Gray High School Memorial Walkway on Wythe Street (Courtesy photo)

ALEXANDRIA, VA-Today the Office of Historic Alexandria launched a website to honor the opening of Parker-Gray High School in 1920. The page provides a wealth of history, including information about alumni, staff, and faculty.

Visitors will find information about the Parker-Gray Memorial Walkway unveiled last October, can print a brochure from the ceremony, and explore an extensive archives section containing documents and photographs.

There were three schools named Parker-Gray in Alexandria. The first opened on Wythe Street in 1920, where Black students attend Grades 1 through 8. In 1950, a new school with the same name opened on Madison Street. The final school closed its doors in 1979.

According to a press release,  “In 1965, the last segregated class of Parker-Gray High School graduated. During the desegregation of the City of Alexandria’s public schools, Parker-Gray was reassigned as a middle school.”

The website provides context for the history of the three schools and covers their impact on the city.

RELATED: City of Alexandria to Unveil Parker-Gray Memorial Walkway Oct. 24

Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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