Our Namesake: Beryl "Brownie" McGraw
Brownie McGraw was a long-time teacher and administrator in Poudre School District, including being the first female high school principal in the district. After her retirement from PSD, Brownie continued to serve as an advocate for youth. She received several awards for her public service in our local community.
Since the day it opened in 1992, Brownie was an active presence at McGraw. She often visited classrooms to read a book or to be interviewed by students learning about inspirational people and the history of our community. Throughout the school year Brownie would deliver messages of encouragement along with trays filled with special treats to the staff lounge.
Brownie McGraw embodied the spirit of the IB and McGraw mission statements by taking action to advocate for other people's needs. We are proud that McGraw Elementary was named in honor of Brownie McGraw and hope that our students will aspire to follow her example to help create a better and more peaceful world.