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Alex Gray '97 Memorial Fund
Help establish the Alex Gray Memorial Fund

Join friends of Alex Gray '97 in creating an endowment in his memory. The fund will support innovation of existing platforms like the Paw Print and also be a place where students can explore areas of interest through hands-on, interdisciplinary approaches. The Alex Gray Memorial Fund will support Poly students in research and execution of projects related to journalism, design, and technology. Gifts will be matched up to $20,000 — gifts of all sizes make a big difference. 

Alex Gray joined Poly as a high school freshman in 1993. His classmates didn’t immediately know what to make of him. He was eccentric, loud, and had oddball interests. He particularly loved computers and cars. His love for computers will sound commonplace to today’s students but, in 1993, personal computers were relatively new. Many families had no computers. Some had one that sat on a desk acting more as an intimidating ornament than a useful device. Very few families had a rare Macintosh computer. Alex had several. He also had printers, one of the first ever modems, and a subscription to several Mac magazines. Alex’s hobbies intrigued many of us and his outrageous humor and wit established Alex as one of the most beloved figures in the 1997 class.

As the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Paw Print, Alex found perhaps the first “official” application of his obsession with computing. Alex had already been using advanced desktop publishing software for his own personal memos and his fictitious company “Duralex.” At the Paw Print, he could use Adobe PageMaker and QuarkXPress FOR REAL. He could also tend to the impossibly fussy printer network which, for its time, was pretty advanced.

Alex also loved the storytelling aspect of the Paw Print. Alex delighted in seeing students’ photos and stories in print. He even had his own column, “Cars, Dude,” which reported on cars in the student parking lot and the goings-on of the auto industry.

Throughout Alex’s life, his Poly family meant a lot to him and his days at the Paw Print propelled a lifelong love for technology and media of all kinds.  The Alex Gray Memorial Fund will serve as a way to honor his unique kind of creativity and ingenuity and will offer Poly students resources for their own exploration.  


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NEW Alex Gray '97 Memorial Match
Friends of the Alex Gray '97 will match an additional $5,000 raised to create an endowment in his name. Make sure you select Alex Gray Memorial Fund as your designation when completing the donation form!
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NEW Gift Challenge
If we reach 250 gifts, a $20,000 match from Poly parents Michael and Claire Chung will be unlocked! A gift of any size helps us meet this challenge.
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Leaderboard
Race between Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools
Parents, help drive participation among your class! A gift of any size count towards division totals.
Which division?
Rank Answer Donors
1 Lower School 73
2 Upper School 68
3 Middle School 61
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Current Parents Match
The next $10,000 raised from current parents will be matched by Middle School parents Nadeem and Zoha Khan. This match is dedicated to Poly staff and their hard work to enable the safe return to campus.
$10,000 MATCHED
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Paw Print Match in Memory of Alex Gray '97
Friends of Alex Gray '97 will match $15,000 raised to establish a new endowment for the Paw Print.
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Alumni Match
Gifts made by alumni will be matched up to $30,000, courtesy of the Harold and Colene Brown Family Foundation and alumni sisters Deborah Brown ‘73 and Ellen Brown ‘75.
$30,000 MATCHED
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Grandparents and Parents of Alumni Match
Gifts to the Poly Fund from Poly grandparents and parents of alumni will be matched up to $10,000 courtesy of an anonymous grandparent and parent of alumni. This match is dedicated to the MS and US Sustainability Clubs.
$10,000 MATCHED
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$5,000
Upper School Donor Challenge
When 20 Upper School parents make a gift of any size, a $5,000 gift from parents Julian and Justine Poon will be unlocked!
20 / 20 Donors
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$10,000
Young Alumni Challenge
If 50 alumni who graduated in the last decade—including current seniors—make a gift of any size, a $10,000 match from the Harold and Colene Brown Family Foundation will be unlocked!
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NEW Reunion Match
Another $1,000 will be matched by an anonymous donor! Help your class reach their reunion fundraising goals, and see you at Reunion Weekend on April 29-30!
$1,000 MATCHED
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Early Bird Match
The first $75,000 raised will be matched dollar-for-dollar thanks to Middle and Upper School parent David Zander.
$75,000 MATCHED
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Alumni Class Leaderboard
Alumni, make a gift of any size and move your class up the rankings!
What is your graduation year?
Rank Answer Gifts
1 2000 20
2 1997 11
3 2003 10
4 1996 8
5 1992 8
6 2007 7
7 2019 7
8 1987 7
9 1998 7
10 1991 7
11 2002 6
12 2018 6
13 1970 6
14 2016 6
15 2020 5
16 2014 5
17 1999 5
18 2001 5
19 1993 5
20 2005 5
21 2021 5
22 2009 4
23 1995 4
24 1983 4
25 2004 4
26 2010 3
27 1989 3
28 1971 3
29 1985 3
30 2006 3
31 2022 3
32 2013 3
33 1965 2
34 1976 2
35 1979 2
36 1988 2
37 1969 2
38 1977 2
39 1994 2
40 2017 2
41 2012 2
42 1990 2
43 1968 1
44 1975 1
45 1964 1
46 1956 1
47 1978 1
48 1946 1
49 1972 1
50 2015 1
51 1966 1
52 2011 1
53 1974 1
54 1982 1
55 1973 1
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Faculty and Staff Match
Gifts from faculty and staff will be matched by an anonymous donor, up to $2,500!
$2,500 MATCHED
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Reunion Alumni Match
Gifts made by alumni in reunion years will be matched up to $5,000, courtesy of Blythe Haaga Parker '01 and Tyler Parker. This match is for alumni in class years that end in 2 or 7 e.g. Classes of 1972, 2007, etc.
$5,000 MATCHED
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Lower School Parent Match
The first $5,000 contributed by current Lower School parents will be matched by a fellow Lower School family.
$5,000 MATCHED
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New Parents Match
Gifts from new and incoming parents will be matched up to $7,500, courtesy of fellow parents Jay Srinivasan and Syma Iqbal.
$7,500 MATCHED
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$5,000
Lower School Donor Challenge
When 20 Lower School parents make a gift of any size, a $5,000 gift from parents Gil and Judy Cheung will be unlocked! This match is dedicated to the Class of 2029.
20 / 20 Donors
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