Murphy High School

Murphy High School serves 2,185 students in grades 9 - 12.
The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 is higher than the AL average of 16:1.
Minority enrollment is 100% of the student body (majority American Indian and Asian), which is more than the state average of 43%.
Murphy High School operates within the Mobile County School District.
The school district's 66% graduation rate is lower than the AL state average of 74%.

School Overview

The student population of 2185 students has declined by 14% over five years.
The teacher population of 124 teachers has declined by 15% over five years.
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Total Students 2,185 students
Murphy High School Total Students (1987-2014)
Gender % Murphy High School Gender
Total Classroom Teachers 124 teachers
Murphy High School Total Teachers (1987-2014)
Students by Grade Murphy High School Student By Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.40 is more than the state average of 0.32. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (AL) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 18:1 16:1
Murphy High School Student Teacher Ratio (1987-2014)
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.40 0.32
Murphy High School Diversity Score (1989-2014)
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
61%
52%
Murphy High School Eligible for Free Lunch (1997-2014)
Eligible for Reduced
Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
4%
6%
Murphy High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (1999-2014)

District Comparison

The district's student population of 60,620 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The district's graduation rate of 66% has decreased from 98% over five years.
The district revenue/student of $9,433 is less than the state average of $10,181. The district revenue/student has grown by 11% over four years.
The district spending/student of $9,265 is less than the state average of $10,301. The district spending/student has grown by 6% over four years.
School District Name Mobile County School District
Number of Schools
Managed
111
7
Number of Students Managed 60,620 3,026
Mobile County School District Students Managed (1988-2014)
Graduation Rate 66% 74%
Mobile County School District Graduation Rate (1994-2010)
District Total Revenue $592 MM $30 MM
Mobile County School District District Total Revenue (1990-2010)
District Spending $582 MM $30 MM
Mobile County School District District Spending (1990-2010)
District Revenue / Student $9,433 $10,181
Mobile County School District District Revenue / Student (1990-2010)
District Spending / Student $9,265 $10,301
Mobile County School District District Spending / Student (1990-2010)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2014 (latest year available) NCES, AL Dept. of Education

School Notes:

  • S.S. Murphy High School, located in Mobile, Alabama, is a public high school operated by the Mobile County Public School System.
  • History: In 1922, the Mobile County Public School System (MCPSS) began to plan for the construction of a new high school that would serve the entire county, as the facilities of Barton Academy were becoming overcrowded with soldiers returning from World War I. Prior to that time Barton Academy had been used as a public school. In 1923, the Mobile County School Board acquired 38 acres from the Carlen family for a site for their proposed high school complex, with room for a student body from 8th to 11th grade. The cornerstone of the school was laid on December 14, 1925, and on April 26, 1926, Mobile High School, later known as Murphy High School, opened. Construction costs totaled $850,000 for the first six buildings with an additional $200,000 spent on the gymnasium and the Olympic-size pool installed in 1930, leading to the local designation of the school as the "million-dollar high school".
  • The school was first known as Mobile High School, but two years after its opening the school's name was changed to Murphy High School in honor of Samuel Silenus Murphy, MCPSS superintendent who directed public education in Mobile from 1900-1926. While still called Murphy High School, the yearbook was called the "Mobile High Annual." At the change of the name to Murphy High School, the workers did not want to change the name of the yearbook. They agreed to shorten the name to "Mohian," or a shortened version of Mobile High Annual.
  • Murphy was selected in 1987 as a Presidential Model School by the U.S. Department of Education, and was placed in 1982 on the National Register of Historic Landmarks by the U.S. Department of the Interior. In 1994, Redbook Magazine named Murphy one of the top high schools in America and one of the biggest high schools in Alabama. In 1997, several Murphy students were featured in Seventeen Magazine.
  • Academics: Murphy attracts students from all over Mobile County. It has extensive offering of courses, including 14 courses of Advanced Placement and the International Baccalaureate program. Students at Murphy consistently score above the national average on SAT and ACT tests. Earning over $6.5 million in scholarships annually, an average of 65% of Murphy's seniors attend four-year colleges, and approximately 20% attend two-year colleges, including vocational training. From 1990-2003, Murphy had 24 National Merit semi-finalists, and 28 commended students. Nine students earned National Achievement Recognition. Murphy also offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
  • School uniform: Murphy students are required to wear school uniforms.
  • Feeder patterns: The following middle schools feed into Murphy: Burns, Calloway-Smith, Denton, Eanes, Hillsdale, Pillans, Scarborough, and Washington.

Nearby Public Schools:

The nearest high school is Augusta Evans School (0.9 miles away)
The nearest middle school is Augusta Evans School (0.9 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Old Shell Creative Performing Art Elementary School (0.7 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Mobile Old Shell Creative Performing Art Elementary School
    Magnet School
    0.7 miles | Grades: KG-5 | 518 students3160 Heather St
    MobileAL 36607
    (251)221-1557
    0.7KG-5518
  • MobileAugusta Evans School
    Special Education School
    0.9 miles | Grades: PK-12 | 267 students100 North Florida St
    MobileAL 36607
    (251)221-5400
    0.9PK-12267
  • MobileLeinkauf Elementary School
    1.1 miles | Grades: KG-5 | 427 students1410 Monroe St
    MobileAL 36604
    (251)221-1495
    1.1KG-5427
  • MobileLillie B Williamson High School
    1.2 miles | Grades: 9-12 | 653 students1567 East Dublin St
    MobileAL 36605
    (251)221-3411
    1.29-12653
  • MobileContinuous Learning Center
    Alternative School
    1.3 miles | Grades: 6-12 | 34 students1870 Pleasant Ave
    MobileAL 36617
    (251)221-2122
    1.36-1234

School Reviews

We took our son out of our district just to attend the IB program here. It was the worst thing we ever did to him. No need to bore you with details. Let me just summarize by saying this school is not a school but a big juvenile detention center, and the IB program is basically a pathetic attempt at beautification. The administration is so overwhelmed that they cannot be bothered with the needs of students who are NOT getting into trouble. There are a few good teachers, but not enough to make it worthwhile. Don't waste a single day of your child's youth, as we had. Avoid this school at all costs.
- Posted by Parent, 04/10/12

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