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Gretchen P. Grundler


Voiced By
Ashley Johnson
Anndi McAffee (Singing; "Green Tamborine" number in Recess: School's Out only)
March 23, 1988
Smartest Kid in Third Street, Member of the Recess Gang.
Third Street Elementary School student
Phil (Father), Doris (Mother)
"I've been trying to dumb myself down ever since kindergarten and it hasn't worked so far."
Gretchen in the episode My Fair Gretchen

Gretchen Priscilla Grundler (voiced by Ashley Johnson) is an academically talented and extremely intelligent student of Irish descent, one of the six main characters on the show Disney's Recess. 


Gretchen has been shown to be very intelligent. She has won the Science Award every year except for the 4th Grade when Becky Benson stole her project. She once aced a test with 100% score, which Principal Prickly noticed and applied her to Oppenheimer (which she didn't want to go to) so T.J., Vince, Gus, Mikey and Spinelli tried to dumb her down to which she said "I've been trying to dumb myself down since kindergarten." In the end she didn't go to Oppenheimer, but stayed at 3rd Street. In a flashback in the same episode, her test results were compared to those of Stinky Peterson. She has a big heart, as seen when she helps tutor her friends and sometimes even those she dislikes such as Randall Weems. She is also good at yo-yoing and won the world championship. In the episode More Like Gretchen it is revealed that she plays the piano, sings and can make up songs instantly.


Young Gretchen

A young Gretchen in Recess: All Growed Down.

Gretchen is a thin, tall, geeky yet beautiful girl. She has auburn shoulder-length hair tied in  two pigtails by pink hair bands, brown eyes hidden by large circle glasses and has rather large front teeth. She wears a light blue short-sleeved knee-length dress with a white collar and cuffs and a dark pink sash with a bow in the middle, pink calf-high socks and large brown and white shoes.


Gretchen as she looks after the kindergartener bites her Egypt book.

Relationships with other members of the gang

T.J. Detweiler

T.J. surprisingly doesn't say much about Gretchen. She has, apparently, tutored him in Grammar ("The Break-up"). The two don't always see eye-to-eye on things. T.J. supported her in her math club with Hank in "A Genius Among Us", but soon stopped going since it put the gang to sleep. In "Outcast Ashley", Gretchen didn't consider T.J. a friend for a while since he didn't share her interest in science and astronomy, or helped make her pinhole projector. At the end, they apologize for taking each other for granted. T.J. respects her for being the smartest kid in school, and Gretchen says T.J. is a good friend. In "Good Ole T.J", Gretchen was jealous because he manages to get what he wants. While being tardied, going without chocolate milk, and assigned to garbage duty, they are assigned as partners for an Ancient Civilization project. On presentation day, T.J. accidently melts the project with tea. They receive a minimal pass, the lowest grade Gretchen has ever received, which saddens her. To make it up to her, T.J. decided to go with her original idea, which leads them to their grade raised up to an " A". Gretchen uttered "Good Ole T.J."

Mikey Blumberg

Mikey and Gretchen rarely interact. It remains to be seen the status of their friendship. However, during the episode My Fair Gretchen, Mikey falls to the ground and dramatically shouts his anguish after the gang is informed that Gretchen will be leaving for a different school. Also during this episode, Mikey is the one that thinks of a plan to get Gretchen out of leaving. This indicates that they are friends, at some level, but just don't interact much.

Gretchen and Vince

Gretchen and Vince running to play tetherball together

Vince LaSalle

Gretchen and Vince are good friends, but have a rivalry. Most of their friendship is seen in "The Candidates", where they are put against each other for Class President. They are competitive until the end, where Vince realizes Gretchen truly deserved the spot. They end with Gretchen saying "a game of tetherball against a good friend". They have their moments of arguing and disagreeing, but also appear to be good friends.

Ashley Spinelli

Being the only two girls in the group, Gretchen and Spinelli are very close. Gretchen was Spinelli's first choice to go with her to the museum in "More Like Gretchen". Their friendship goes through a rough patch in the middle of the episode (with a confused Gretchen), but Gretchen helps make things better between Spinelli and her parents. Gretchen also invited Spinelli to go with her in the "Young Adventurer's Fair" ("Bad Hair Day"). Spinelli helped Gretchen in her campaign in "The Candidates" as her assistant. They also shared revenge against T.J. in "My Funny Valentines" when he gave them both fake valentine's cards.

Gus Griswald

While Gus and Gretchen don't interact as often as she does with the other students, but at times, she's shown to act as somewhat of a "big sister" figure to him, such as in Recess: School's Out. the evidence of this is seen in "Lawson and his Crew". It's shown that Gus has a tendency of hiding behind Gretchen when he gets scared.

Foreign Voice Actresses

  • Dutch: Eva Burmeister
  • Finnish: Kiti Kokkonen
  • French: Charlyne Pestal
  • German: Esra Vural
  • Japanese: Misa Suzuki (First half of series), Yuka Hirasawa (Second half of series)
  • Polish: Joanna Krejzler
  • Swedish: Annika Barklund
  • Hindi: Rajashree Nath


  • In the show's Finnish dub, her name is "Greta"
  • Gretchen's the only member of the main six with a confirmed birthday.
  • She was the fourth-grade class president.
  • Gretchen was based on Paul Germain's wife, Beatrice.
  • Gretchen's the only member of the main six to generally go by her full first name instead of a nickname (or her last name). Her friends, mainly Vince, sometimes call her "Gretch," but other than that she doesn't really go by a nickname.
  • Gretchen has been in every episode of the series.
  • Both Gretchen and Vince have the least amount of episodes focusing on themselves, at twelve episodes.
  • Gretchen is in the Science Club, Math Club, and has spelling bee practice.
  • In the episode "The Pest" Jeffery says in his love note that Gretchen eyes are like "two pools of root beer" saying that Gretchen eyes are brown.
  • In episode "Rainy Days" Gretchen says she has done all her homework through the 11th grade.
  • Gretchen wears a retainer.
  • Merchandise of Gretchen often discolor her hair as a light orange-tan, though in the show, it's dark red.
  • Her pee wee pal was Emma.


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