Captain Gray Early Learning Center
Captain Gray Early Learning Center is one of Pasco School District’s newest additions that opened in 2009.
Captain Gray inherited its name from the previous school that was on the same location and which was torn down to make way for the Captain Gray that we know, built in 1984. The name itself is attributed to Captain Robert Gray who, in 1792 navigated up the Columbia River aboard the Columbia Rediviva. Captain Gray’s legacy stems from the fact that he was the first recorded European to sail upriver on the Columbia.
Captain Gray 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 became the PHS Annex to house high schoolers and became known as the “R” Wing, after 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 need to house high schoolers so Captain Gray was quickly transitioned once again, this time to serve 5 year olds.
Captain Gray is also the home to the Parent Education Center and the Guided Language Acquisition Design Professional Development Center.
Out of Captain Gray’s 26 certificated teachers, six are nationally certified. Also of note, Captain Gray has a recent Regional Teacher of the Year, Toni Cuello, in its ranks.