Murphy High School

  • Murphy High School serves 2,252 students in grades 9-12.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 19:1 is higher than the AL average of 18:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 80% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 44%.
  • Murphy High School operates within the Mobile County School District.
  • Mobile County School District's 66% graduation rate is lower than the AL state average of 74%.

School Overview

  • The student population of 2252 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The teacher population of 121 teachers has declined by 6% over five years.
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Total Students 2,252 students
Murphy High School Total Students (1988-2015)
Gender % Murphy High School Gender
Total Classroom Teachers 121 teachers
Murphy High School Total Teachers (1988-2015)
Students by Grade Murphy High School Student By Grade

School Comparison

  • The student:teacher ratio of 19:1 has increased from 18:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.42 is less than the state average of 0.58. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (AL) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 19:1 18:1
Murphy High School Student Teacher Ratio (1989-2015)
Asian
1%
1%
Murphy High School Asian Students (1995-2015)
Hispanic
3%
6%
Murphy High School Black Students (1999-2015)
Black
74%
33%
Murphy High School Black Students (1991-2015)
White
20%
56%
Murphy High School White Students (1991-2015)
Hawaiian
n/a n/a
Murphy High School Hawaiian Students (2009-2010)
Two or more races
2%
2%
Murphy High School Two Or More Races Students (2014-2015)
All Ethnic Groups Murphy High School All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown AL All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
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.
0.42 0.58
Murphy High School Diversity Score (1988-2015)
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.
43%
47%
Murphy High School Eligible for Free Lunch (1997-2015)
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.
n/a
5%
Murphy High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (1999-2013)

District Comparison

  • Mobile County School District's student population of 59,789 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The district's graduation rate of 66% has decreased from 98% over five years.
  • The revenue/student of $9,503 in this district is less than the state average of $9,721. The district revenue/student has stayed relatively flat over four years.
  • The district's spending/student of $9,871 is less than the state average of $10,229. The district spending/student has stayed relatively flat over four years.
School District Name Mobile County School District
Number of Schools
Managed
97
6
Number of Students Managed 59,789 2,879
Mobile County School District Students Managed (1989-2014)
Graduation Rate 66% 74%
Mobile County School District Graduation Rate (1994-2010)
District Total Revenue $559 MM $28 MM
Mobile County School District District Total Revenue (1992-2014)
District Spending $581 MM $29 MM
Mobile County School District District Spending (1992-2014)
District Revenue / Student $9,503 $9,721
Mobile County School District District Revenue / Student (1990-2014)
District Spending / Student $9,871 $10,229
Mobile County School District District Spending / Student (1990-2014)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2015 (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.

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School Reviews

2  4/10/2012
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.
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