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|Dr. Robert Gary|
Dr. Robert Gary has had a remarkable career as an educator, administrator, coach, military leader, and community volunteer. The Garfield High School graduate attended Washington State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Health Education. He continued his educational pursuits at Seattle University earning a Master’s degree in Public School Administration and Doctorate of Education in Leadership.
In 1959, Dr. Gary began his coaching career as an assistant football and track & field coach thus making him the first black coach hired in any public school in the state of Washington.
In the 1970s Seattle school officials reached out to Dr. Gary to help recruit teachers of color to fit the changing demographic of students enrolled in Seattle Public Schools. Dr. Gary travelled to the South and attended job fairs to find candidates that were willing to relocate to Seattle. Upon relocation, Dr. Gary helped them settle into the Pacific Northwest through assistance in tasks such as finding housing, transportation and everyday needs. Through his extensive recruitment strategies, Dr. Gary served in the transition of over 20 teachers of color to the Seattle area. Collectively, this group of educators has given over 210 years of services to Seattle schools.