Raymond was a second generation student of MHS. His mother, Martha Merrifield, attended MHS 1914-1916, as did his aunt Ellen Merrifield MHS 1913-1915.
He attended Oakleigh East Central School before MHS. He was Yarra House Vice-Captain, and captain of the House Cricket and Football teams in 1952 as well as in the 1st XI. In 1953 he was a Prefect, House Captain, and in the 1st XI and 1st XVIII.