Early Life & Education
Raymond Grinsell was born and raised in Mill Valley, California, located about 10 miles north of San Francisco. Grinsell graduated with distinction from Tamalpais High School in 1960 as third in his class. Following high school, Raymond attended U.C. Berkeley where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Majoring in Political Science, with a minor in History. He did not shy away from hard work and paid his way through Berkeley by holding odd jobs such as gardening, dishwashing, and a position with the U.S. Post Office.
Upon graduation from U.C. Berkeley in 1964, Raymond Grinsell had a 12-month stint in finance before resuming his education and receiving teaching credentials from Cal State – Hayward. Grinsell then accepted a teaching position at Castro Valley High School, where he taught as a history teacher and guidance counselor from 1966-1969.
In 1960, Grinsell went on to attend San Francisco State University where he earned his Master of Education. While there, Raymond met his wife and immediately fell in love. They have now been happily married for 49 years.