Captain Gray Early Learning Center
Captain Gray Early Learning Center serves more than 500 kindergarten students from neighboring schools. The kindergarten center inherited its name from Captain Gray Elementary School, which was in the same location and which was torn down to make
way for the building we know today, which was built in 1984. The name itself is
attributed to Captain William P. Gray (1845-1929), an early Pasco pioneer who came to the area in the 1880's and played an important role in the development of the community. Captain Gray served as a member of the first school board and mayor of the town when it was incorporated. He was a steamboat pilot and master and for several years he handled the railroad ferry, Frederick Billings, as it carried the Northern Pacific trains over the Columbia before the railroad bridge was built.
He is the grandson of Captain Robert H. Gray, who was the first European recorded to sail upriver on the Columbia (in 1792) and for whom Gray's Harbor is named.
Captain Gray ELC was first opened as an elementary
school in 1949. Some of its former principals are Rowena Chess, Tom Brandon,
and Les Domingos. In 2000, Captain Gray Elementary became the PHS Annex and housed high
schoolers. It was known as the “R” Wing for former PHS principal Ray
Reynolds. Captain Gray Elementary students were sent to nearby schools with the
opening of Rowena Chess Elementary that same year. In 2009, the launch of
Chiawana High School reduced the student population at PHS and the Annex was quickly transitioned once again, this time to serve five-year-olds.
Captain Gray Early Learning is also the home to the Parent
Education Center and the Guided Language Acquisition Design Professional
Development Center. Teacher Toni Cuello is an ESD 123 Regional Teacher of the Year.
Location: 1102 N 10th Ave.
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Principal: Kristi Docken
Year Opened: 2009
Mascot: The Sharks
School Colors: Blue and Grey
Portable Classrooms: 5
White: 7% Hispanic: 91%
Black: 1% Asian: 1%
Free and Reduced Lunch: 95%
Limited English Proficient: 73%