School Begins August 30th

Marty Gray

My name is Marty Gray and I have been serving on the board for just over five years now and still learning about my role as a school board director. Each year is a learning experience for me and I serve with a very talented school board and a highly visible Superintendent.

I have two children of my own. My son Zack 23 who graduated from Meridian in 2012, and my daughter Lisa 25 also attended Meridian and currently lives in Pasco, WA. with her 5 year old son, (my grandson!) Kody, and her daughter Alexis who just turned 2 in January of 2017.  I also have two bonus children  Kaylin Brannen 21and Clay Brannen 28.  Kaylin and Clay both graduated from Meridian in 2013 and 2007. My life is rounded out by a wonderful lady and my best friend Laney Brannen. Laney is a Special Ed teacher at Meridian and facilitates the Meridian Ski program.

I have been employed with the City of Bellingham for the past 22 years. I have a certification with the Washington State Department of Health as a Water Distribution Manager III and I am currently the Water Department supervisor at the City of Bellingham's Public Works Operations department.

I graduated from Meridian in June of 1986 and three months later I enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  I served on the U.S.S. Carl Vinson CVN 70 (aircraft carrier) for three years, and then spent three years active reserve with the U.S.S. Independence and NAS Whidbey Island. After leaving the Navy I went to work with S&S Concrete for six years before my employment with the City of Bellingham.  My son Zack is currently with S&S Concrete today.

I had attended Meridian since kindergarten in 1973. In the first grade I was lucky enough to be in one of the last classes that was taught by Mrs. Irene Reither, and I feel blessed to have had her as a teacher and a mentor as a young child. 

My mom, Donna Miller (Graham) was a graduate from Nooksack Valley High School and my Dad, Ron Gray attended Lynden High School before joining the U.S. Army.

I love to be involved with the Meridian Sports program announcing all home games. I feel honored to have been able to play football for Coach Bob Ames, another outstanding mentor for young men, and then 23 years later watching my son Zack play for Bob Ames. That was very special for me as a father and old football player.

I can't express into word how much I enjoy announcing Meridian sporting events. I always have the best seat in the house no matter what sport it may be and I work with an amazing group of people from the Meridian community.

One of the things I enjoy the most by being on the School Board is socializing with staff and other community members before and after games, watching kids excel in athletics, CTE programs, FFA, and Performing Arts.

Meridian truly is a great place to be. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. For some of us, especially myself, it is our home town. A place for family and friends to meet. A place where everyone knows your name. Friendly faces and memories that will never fade away. My goal as a board member is to keep improving our schools as a whole. Encourage administration to hire well and improve staff with motivated outgoing individuals that will leave every student that attends Meridian with a positive and productive learning experience.

I love being at Meridian. Go Trojans!

Respectfully,

Marty Gray
"Voice of the Trojans"