About Us

GOLD Award Winner

     B. L. Gray Junior High School

2019 National Forum Schools To Watch
2019 Texas Schools To Watch
2017 TEA - Met all 3 Domains and all 7 Distinctions
2017 Texas Honor Roll School
2017 UIL Academic District Champions
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 almost 800 seventh and eighth grade students. Administrative staff includes Principal Ericka Julie Carranza, Assistant Principals Maria Chavez and Jose Silva, and Counselors Orpha Herrera and Emily Pietrzak.

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.