Celebrating 100 Years of Oakland Technical High School
Alexis Gray-Lawson ’05
Alexis Gray-Lawson, Class of 2005, led the Lady Bulldogs to back-to-back State Division 1 girls’ basketball championships in 2004 and 2005, the first time that feat was ever accomplished. She then traveled up College Avenue to the UC Berkeley where she played in more games (143) than any other player in school history and scored 1,982 points, third most in Cal history. She was selected all-Pac 10 and honorable mention All-American in 2010 and won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith award as the top player in the nation 5’8”or under. She finished her UC Berkeley career as the Bears all-time 3-point leader (211).
At Tech, her jersey was retired, as the team lost only one game during her entire high school career.
“Lexi” was a 3rd round pick of the Washington Mystics in 2010, and played with the Phoenix Mercury of the W.N.B.A. in 2011 and 2012. She also played professionally overseas in Turkey and Israel.
She is now the Head Coach at Como Park Senior High School in St. Paul, Minnesota, which recently won its section championship:
This history-making 2016 Como girls team was led by first-year head coach Alexis Gray-Lawson and her assistant coaches LaToya Turk, Alex Moore and Brian Pearson.
Gray-Lawson is a former WNBA player, who also played professionally in Europe. Her basketball acumen is extremely high, but the knowledge she passes on to her players is not limited to the X’s and O’s of the game.
Gray-Lawson, called “Coach Lex” by the girls, has instilled and modeled service to her players. She and her staff serve the community and school by supporting the team academically and emotionally. The coaches expect academic responsibility and good citizenship, but also spend time with the girls tutoring and working through challenges, as well as bonding through events and activities filled with jokes and laughter.