Ralph W. Grimes  was born in Adrian, Michigan on August 13, 1936 to Paul and Agatha (Byrd) Grimes. He married Gale Zebbs in 1959 and together they raised two daughters, Dawn and Robyn. Mr. Grimes came to Ypsilanti in the 1960s where he worked for the Ypsilanti Public Schools, first as a West Junior High School math teacher. Ralph continued with the Ypsilanti schools for over 30 years. In 1969, he became principal of the Harriet Street school and in 1990, Superintendent of the district. Ralph Grimes passed away on December 25, 2007.