Murphy High School

Murphy High School serves 2,285 students in grades 8-12.
The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 is higher than the AL average of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 73% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 42%.
Murphy High School operates within the Mobile County School District.
The school district's 65% graduation rate is lower than the AL state average of 72%.

Overview

The student population of 2285 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The teacher population of 130 teachers has declined by 10% over five years.
Grades Offered Grades 8-12
Total Students 2,285 students
Murphy High School Total Students (1987-2012)
Gender % 45% Male / 55%Female
Total Classroom Teachers 130 teachers
Students by Grade Murphy High School Students by Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 has increased from 16:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.48 is less than the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (AL) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 18:1 15:1
Murphy High School Student : Teacher Ratio (1987-2012)
American Indian
n/a
1%
Asian
2%
1%
Murphy High School Asian (1989-2012)
Hispanic
1%
5%
Murphy High School Hispanic (1998-2012)
Black
67%
35%
Murphy High School Black (1989-2012)
White
27%
58%
Murphy High School White (1989-2012)
All Ethnic Groups Murphy High School Sch Ethnicity Murphy High School Sta Ethnicity
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.
0.48 0.55
Murphy High School Diversity Score (1989-2012)
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%
51%
Murphy High School Eligible for Free Lunch (1997-2012)
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%
7%
Murphy High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (1999-2012)

District Comparison

The district's student population of 63,683 students has grown by 12265% over five years.
The district's graduation rate of 0% has decreased from 98% over five years.
School District Name Mobile County School District
Number of Schools
Managed
109
7
Number of Students Managed 63,683 2,928
Mobile County School District Number of Students Managed (1987-2012)
Graduation Rate 65% 72%
Mobile County School District Graduation Rate (1994-2009)
District Total Revenue $580 MM $29 MM
Mobile County School District Total Revenue (1990-2009)
District Spending $595 MM $31 MM
Mobile County School District Spending (1990-2009)
District Revenue / Student $1,126,641 $9,620
Mobile County School District Revenue / Student (1990-2009)
District Spending / Student $1,156,161 $10,180
Mobile County School District Spending / Student (1990-2009)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2012 (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 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 Students Grades
  • Mobile Old Shell Creative Performing Art Elementary School
    Magnet School
    1706 Old Shell Rd
    Mobile , AL , 36604
    (251)221-1557
    Magnet School
    0.7  mi  |  393  students  |  Gr.  KG-4
  • Mobile Augusta Evans School
    Special Education School
    100 North Florida St
    Mobile , AL , 36607
    (251)221-5400
    Special Education School
    0.9  mi  |  263  students  |  Gr.  PK-12
  • Mobile Leinkauf Elementary School
    1410 Monroe St
    Mobile , AL , 36604
    (251)221-1495
    1.1  mi  |  447  students  |  Gr.  KG-5
  • Mobile Pointe Academy
    Alternative School
    414 Stanton Rd
    Mobile , AL , 36617
    (334)470-1798
    Alternative School
    1.2  mi  |  n/a  students  |  Gr.  n/a
  • Mobile Lillie B Williamson High School
    1567 East Dublin St
    Mobile , AL , 36605
    (251)221-3411
    1.2  mi  |  779  students  |  Gr.  8-12

School Reviews

  • Recommended April 10, 2012 - 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

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