Middle East Collaborative Presentation with Brummana High School principal, David Gray
October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Quaker Education in Lebanon: The 150-year Legacy of Brummana High School and the Vision for the Future — Presented by Principal David Gray
During his U.S. Speaking Tour, David Gray, Principal of Brummana Friends High School, Lebanon, will share a story of hope, of poverty which can be avoided, of dignity which can be conferred, of democratic processes which can be taught. It is a story of a school, the only Quaker institution in Lebanon, a beacon of light for nearly 150 years, standing strong like its 250 year old mother tree, in all weathers, oblivious to the turmoil swirling around it. It is a story of a land with a divided, conflict-torn past, of a calamitous, perilous and uncertain present, and of the possibilities of a more prosperous, peaceful, happier future. It is a story of Lebanon, the land of the cedars, and at its center, a lone Quaker institution which must survive as a light in the darkness. Principal Gray is inviting those with whom he meets to be in relationship with the school and to consider how they might help support the students and faculty during the unfolding economic crisis in Lebanon.
David Gray Bio:
Born in Inverness, Scotland, David Gray graduated in from the University of Bristol, where he also did his Postgraduate Certificate in Education, and initially taught in Bristol. He continued his career in Education in Athens, Greece, and then worked in London and in Leeds. In 1992, David became the Headmaster of Pocklington School in Yorkshire, England, and then Principal of the Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools (ESMS) in Edinburgh (the largest group of independent schools in the European Union) from 2000 until 2018. He became Principal of Brummana High School in Lebanon in January 2019 which he has led for nearly 4 years through the worst economic crisis Lebanon has endured in living memory; Brummana High School is now in its’ 150th year.
David is a member of The Society of Heads. With 30 years of experience as Headmaster and Principal of leading independent schools in the UK, David Gray is an international educational leader who has developed a deep awareness of what constitutes first class education. He has the experience of instilling high standards throughout a school and inspiring the ambitions of the next generation of leaders and managers.