Hall of Fame

Ernie McCray, Class of 1956

Athlete, Educator
Affects real lives by multiplying his talents through the children he teaches in the ‘inner city’ of San Diego. “I wanted to be a teacher from the first day I set foot in school,” tells McCray. Sports would be his ticket to college. And indeed it was. Ernie earned a basketball scholarship to the U of A and went on to receive a Master’s in Education.
He began his teaching career in 1962 at Perry Elementary in Southeast San Diego. McCray would deal with troubled students by shooting baskets with them in order to establish a person-to-person relationship. After seven years at Perry, Ernie served several principal ships in Southeast San Diego. At the new Muir Alternative School Ernie taught, as principal, a class called “Rapping with Ernie” enabling these students to discuss their feelings.
In 1987 he became principal of Riley Elementary in San Diego, a school for emotionally disturbed youngsters. Ernie has served on the San Diego Youth Services Board of Directors and the Juvenile Justice Commission in San Diego.

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