- 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|
|Total Classroom Teachers||121 teachers|
|Students by Grade|
- 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.
- 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
|Number of Students Managed||59,789||2,879|
|District Total Revenue||$559 MM||$28 MM|
|District Spending||$581 MM||$29 MM|
|District Revenue / Student||$9,503||$9,721|
|District Spending / Student||$9,871||$10,229|
|School Statewide Testing||View Education Department Test Scores|
- 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)
- School Location Miles Grades Students
Mobile Old Shell Creative Performing Art Elementary SchoolGrades: KG-5 | 515 students
1706 Old Shell Rd
Mobile, AL 36604
MobileAugusta Evans SchoolGrades: PK-12 | 294 students
100 N Florida St
Mobile, AL 36607
MobileLeinkauf Elementary SchoolGrades: KG-5 | 598 students
1410 Monroe St
Mobile, AL 36604
MobileLillie B Williamson High SchoolGrades: 9-12 | 596 students
1567 East Dublin St
Mobile, AL 36605
414 Stanton Road
Mobile, AL 36617
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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