About Us

GOLD Award Winner

     B. L. Gray Junior High School

  • 2016 TEA – Met all 4 Indexes and all 7 Distinctions
  • 2016 Inaugural Texas Honor Roll School with special STEM designation for “higher performance” in Math & Science
  • 2015 NCUST “National Excellence in Urban Education GOLD Award Winner”
  • 2015 The McAllen Monitor’s Readers’ Choice “Best Middle School” Award
  • 2015 TEA – Met all 4 Indexes and all 7 Distinctions
  • 2015 “A Texas High-Progress & High-Performing Title I School”
  • 2014 TEA – Met all 4 Indexes and all 7 Distinctions
  • 2012 TEA Recognized Campus
  • 2011 National Blue Ribbon School


B. L. Gray is made up of approximately 800 seventh and eighth grade students. Administrative staff includes Principal Ericka Julie Carranza; Assistant Principals Juan Heredia and Maria Chavez; Counselors Orpha Herrera and Emily Pietrzak; Instruction & Assessment Strategist Deborah Bickerton, and Librarian Wenndy Pray. 

Our main goal is to achieve and maintain an exemplary academic program. We strive to adhere to our Campus Improvement Plan, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) state standards, and our District Plan in order to accomplish our educational goal. Our teachers implement the state required curriculum according to TEKS through a variety of strategies. Staff development, vertical and horizontal staff planning, Pre-AP courses, Middle School Concept, academic teaming, and offering high school accredited courses support teacher curriculum and instruction.