Corpus Christi, Texas , United States
Nov 21, 2007 11:23am
|Info||Ray McMurrey has been a lifelong supporter of civil rights, equality and justice. His parents were politically active in the 1960’s, and instilled a strong commitment to activism and public service. |
McMurrey grew up in College Station, Texas where he served as A&M Consolidated Senior Class President in 1984. He attended Blinn Junior College on a full tennis scholarship in 1984-86. While at Blinn, he served as Student Body Vice-President and founded the first Young Democrats organization in school history. In 1986, he completed an Associate's Degree. Also, in 1986, he was diagnosed with a malignant tumor and battled cancer victoriously. It was a battle that taught him some valuable life lessons. In 1991 McMurrey graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Edward’s University in Austin with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He also played on their men’s tennis team that won the Heart of Texas Conference in 1990.
In 1991, McMurrey began teaching on the Texas-Mexico border while working with minority and low income students. In 1995, he completed his Master's Degree in Political Science and History from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. Also that year, McMurrey was selected as one of 25 U.S. teachers by the National Endowment for the Humanities to study the Constitution at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
McMurrey is entering his 17th year of teaching public education, and has taught Government, History, Economics and Geography. He has been a valiant public servant for Texas. He has also coached one of the top performing tennis programs in the state of Texas for 8 years at Mary Carroll High School in Corpus Christi. McMurrey is currently teaching in a Gates Foundation Early College High School on the Del Mar College Campus in Corpus Christi. It is one of the most innovative and progressive schools in the nation. He serves as the Social Studies Department Chair. Ray is married to Veronica McMurrey, also a teacher of 17 years. They have two beautiful daughters, Kristel and Mariel.