Phoenix Country Day School honors esteemed trailblazer

Gay Firestone Wray (submitted photo)

Gay Firestone Wray (submitted photo)

During November, Phoenix Country Day School celebrated one of Arizona’s and PCDS’ finest leaders, Gay Firestone Wray.

“For over 50 years, the Firestone family has been instrumental in shaping our image, shifting our culture, building our buildings, and establishing a philanthropic community at PCDS,” said Head of School Andrew Rodin, in a press release.

Generations of Firestones have attended Phoenix Country Day School, and there has been one constant since the beginning: the family matriarch, Ms. Wray.

Former PCDS Parents’ Association President, former President of the PCDS Board of Trustees, current Advisory Trustee, and long-time advocate for the school, Ms. Wray was one of the early visionaries who set about creating a school in the Southwest that would rival the great private schools around the country, the release stated. She continues to serve Phoenix Country Day School in the role of Advisory Trustee.

Amidst twinkling lights in the Noyes Courtyard on the PCDS campus, an illustrious group of former Trustees and longtime friends of the school joined in celebrating Ms. Wray’s legacy — among them former PCDS Head of School Robert Pierce, Ambassador Barbara Barrett, and former U.S. Supreme Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

During the event, Mrs. Wray learned to her surprise that the Head of School position at PCDS will forever be the holder of The Gay Firestone Wray Chair for Leadership.

Mrs. Wray epitomizes the rich history and bright future of PCDS. The school is thrilled to honor her decades of commitment and service, the release stated.

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