We are delighted to extend our sincere congratulations to Dr Michael Gray who has been appointed Headmaster of Hereford Cathedral School, leaving his position as Director of Studies at the historic Harrow School.
Hereford Cathedral School is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged from 3-18 and is one of the oldest schools in the country, with the first headmaster appointed in 1384. Dr Gray said “My wife and I are relishing the prospect of moving to the beautiful county of Herefordshire and to join this wonderful community in one of the UK’s leading independent co-educational schools.”
Alongside his teaching career, Dr Gray has published two books and several articles on Holocaust education and advocates for the teaching of genocide history in school curriculums. Dr Michael Gray was a guest speaker at the 24th Commemoration of the Genocide Against the Tutsi in London, where he emphasised that what took place in Rwanda was “a pre-meditated and carefully orchestrated genocide against the Tutsi that could and should have been stopped by the international community”.
In 2016, on invitation by Dr. Michael Gray and Harrow School’s Palmerston Society, High Commissioner for Rwanda to the UK, H.E. Yamina Karitanyi visited Harrow Boys School and delivered a lecture on Rwanda’s post-genocide journey and why the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda should be included in school history and politics curriculums. The following year, in 2017, Dr Michael Gray took a group of 12 boys from Harrow School to visit Rwanda, where they visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial, amongst others.
In February 2020, Harrow School hosted Rwanda’s National Heroes’ Day celebrations in the UK in the historical War Memorial Building, where Dr Michael Gray sat on the expert speaker panel following a screening of The 600 film.
Last year, Dr Michael Gray contributed a video message for the UK’s virtual Kwibuka26 activities. His remarks focused on fighting genocide denial, cautioning that “To deny the occurrence of the Genocide against the Tutsi, to frame it as some sort of spontaneous tribal violence or two-sided affair is to distort history and to flagrantly seek to undermine the truth.”
We wish Dr Michael Gray and his wife Dr Angharad Gray the very best in their new endeavour in Herefordshire.