Vincent Gray Academy was begun in 1980, as Vincent Gray Alternative High School, under the leadership of two Marianist Brothers, John Laudenbach and Larry McBride, and a School Sister of Notre Dame, Carolyn Sur. Since then, the school’s population has increased in size. Now, more than 60 students are served each year through the high school.
PRIVATE and INDEPENDENT– Vincent Gray Academy is incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois as a General Not-for-Profit Corporation. Vincent Gray Academy is therefore a private, independent school.
SCHOOL’S NAMESAKE — The school bears the name of an outstanding African-American high school teacher who inspired many students while ministering in St. Louis some years ago. Vincent Gray was born near Detroit in 1930. In 1949, he joined a religious order called the Marianists. Brother Vincent earned college degrees from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and from DePaul University in Chicago. His productive career as a secondary school teacher serves as an inspiration to the staff and students at Vincent Gray Academy.
STATE ACCREDITATION — Vincent Gray Academy is recognized as a non-public secondary school with the Illinois State Board of Education. Recognition is the official term for accreditation in Illinois. Vincent Gray Academy is authorized to award high school diplomas.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT — Vincent Gray Academy is an educational institution which charges no tuition or fees. While receiving some funding from the government, most of our income comes from gifts and bequests contributed by corporations, foundations, religious organizations and individual donors.