Mardela Middle and High, Wicomico Schools Mourn Passing of Retired Administrator Frank Grate
We are saddened to learn of the passing this week of Frank Grate, who retired June 30 as an assistant principal of Mardela Middle and High School. He was a wonderful teacher and administrator.
The Board will include him in a moment of silence at tonight’s Board meeting. Mardela Middle and High staff members were informed at the end of the school day today, and Mardela students and families will receive a SchoolMessenger call with the news this evening.
“Frank Grate was very special to the Mardela community, but touched so many in our school system. He previously served as assistant principal at James M. Bennett High, as a pupil personnel worker helping students and families of Wicomico Schools, and as a teacher,” said Amy Eskridge, Principal of Mardela Middle and High. “He was a kind soul who was loyal and had a true love for poetry. Please keep Frank’s family in your thoughts and prayers.”
Frank Grate began working for Wicomico County Public Schools in 1997 as an English teacher at the Wicomico Alternative Learning Center. He went on to serve students as a conflict resolution teacher and pupil personnel worker before becoming an assistant principal in 2009, spending one year at James M. Bennett High and retiring June 30 as assistant principal of Mardela Middle and High School. Mr. Grate was a 1993 graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and earned his master’s degree in English Education from Salisbury University in 1995. He was 69.