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Murphy High School

Public | 8-12 | 2278 students

 

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Posted June 15, 2014

Outstanding! My grandchild just finished his Freshman year!!! The art and theater program are amazing. Musical chorus and band are the highest rated in the state!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2014

Murphy could be a great school with better leadership. The principal and counselors will not respond to calls or emails from parents. They have several great AP teachers that put alot of time in with their students. Unfortunately, the administration does not support them in disciplining the students and maintaining a good learning environment. There are way too many fights. The diversity of the students is an asset and will help students later in life. Murphy has a beautiful campas dispite the tornado repairs that are taking an extreme amount of time. If you are looking for scholarship money for college, you are on your own. The students get little or no guidance in this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2012

Fantastic School, The panther pride and sense of family among the students and faculty are like no other school experience. My family has been a part of this school since the days of Barton Academy and now I am a teacher with 2 students who attend this school. As a parent, former student and now a teacher, I wouldn't send my children anywhere else!!!! I have been apart of the AP and IB experience, and I can say that the programs truly prepare your child for the real world and the college experience. The diversity of students...Asian, Russian, Indian, White/Black as well as income differences...its a small world with unique experiences which unite and bond everyone together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2011

I am a parent. My husband and I attended Murphy High School and our four sons have, as well. They were all AP students. We chose not to participate in the IB program because we wanted a better rounded high school experience. The oldest three received scholarships and have completed their college degrees and the third is on a full scholarship (32 on ACT). I must caution incoming students, however, about the lack of concern the counselors and AP teachers have for getting their students the college credits they are promised. Our youngest took English as dual enrollment. When he got to college he was told the school did not enroll him in the first semester of the course. So, the college did not give him credit for that until he was enrolled the second semester. Therefore, he was not given credit for the second semester (ENG 102) and we now have to pay the expense of that course. Instead of taking responsibility for errors, the counselor and teacher have passed the buck back and forth and even went so far as to blame the college where the students were to be enrolled. Disappointing. Now I can't get the teacher, counselor, principal, or board member for the school to respond.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2010

My Son is a Senior in the IB program. He attended a Christian school until his freshman year. The weak will not survive at this school. To say the IB program takes up all their time has not been an issue for him. He runs cross country and track and is in several clubs. It is a great school in a great location with great students. He made a 32 on his ACT which will get him in to almost any college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2009

Murphy is macfreakin awesome. I recently graduated in the class of 2008. If you go to S.S. Murphy, school spirit is almost guaranteed. I participated in the AP and Gifted programs at Murphy and think that the program is so beneficial to the preparation of college. I was more than enough prepared for college. My AP english and economics teachers were part time college professors. I myself made a 29 on my ACT, passed my Government, English, and U.S. History AP exam with 4s. They have a dual enrollment program which allows one to get college credit for high school classes. PLEASE take advantage of this great opportunity because its FREE. Classes that you don't have to pay for in college, credits transfer only and not the actual grade (if they didn't do so well). Extracurricullar activities abound everywhere. I can't go on..but Murphy: 11 out of 10!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 10, 2008

I attended the International Baccalaureate Program at Murphy and I can say from experience that the education is top quality. As for the non-IB programs, I can only make a statement about them based on the electives I attended, but they're sub-par. Additionally, the facilities are in desperate need of repair.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 6, 2007

I have two kids at Murphy, both in IB. I agree that IB is an extremely good program. However, I also agree with those who complain that IB students are unnecessarily glorified. (The change in the counselor's attitude once he found out my entering freshman was enrolled in IB was absolutely ludicrous, sitcom-worthy.) I don't like to hear my kids talk about the possibility of 'dropping down' to AP or Honors--especially because it's true that IB eliminates the possibility of becoming involved in the many, many electives and other activities Murphy has to offer. There are many examples of high-achieving kids who dropped out of IB before their junior or even senior year because they wanted a more well-rounded experience, and guess what, they made 30+ on the ACT too and got nice scholarships. And yes, the band is wonderful.:)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2007

My son has been at Murphy for one year, since moving from a rural Alabama public school. Prior to attending the rural school, he was in a Private Christian school and the Montgomery Public School Academic Magnet program. After being actively involved in Montgomery Magnet and regular programs with my three children over the past 20 years, I feel qualified to say that Murphy - even the regular program - is of higher quality. Being involved with your child's education, especially by visiting the school and volunteering as your time permits is the best way to be able to accurately rate a school. Another thing to remember when reviewing any school or reading someone else's review is that your child will get out of any school what he or she puts in. Great leaders & college successes have come from even the most chaotic inner city schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2007

I am a junior in the AP program at Murphy. I feel as though is it very strenuous but is rewarding in the end. The Gifted program prepared me well for AP. The band is also great and gives many opportunities to travel and grow in your music career. Murphy also has a broad range of extracurricular activities, which is awesome since Murphy is so diverse itself. One thing about Murphy, though, is that the hardworking AP and honors students fall behind in the shadows of the IB students. If you decide to do AP rather than IB, you will never have a chance to be valedictorian or a top 10 Scholar all because the IB classes are weighed differently. In conclusion, Murphy is a fantastic school and I would recommend it to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 13, 2006

I am a freshman at Murphy High School. The students there are very nice and welcome you with opened arms. The sports teams are great and very successful. I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 25, 2006

The academic climate is indeed excellent at Murphy, especially in the honors, AP, and IB classes. There are, however, excellent teachers at every level. Another great plus at Murphy is the band. Students have a great time while learning musicianship, discipline, respect, and pride. There are fantastic trips, often international, every 4 years so that each band student can have that experience, and on the alternate even years there is a great trip to a major domestic band event. The full year is effectively organized to offer a variety of performing opportunities. The band director has a genius for coaching students to achieve their best in music and life. Murphy band alumni have had good success in winning music scholarships, often along with academic and leadership scholarships. The Band Boosters organization allows all parents to help support the band and school, and to share the enthusiasm of trips and half-time shows.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2006

First I would like to say that all this talk about how great Murphy is is just that, I was a student at Murphy and let me be the first to say it is a long way from perfect. I am not sure as to how the IB students are treated but for the rest of us it was less than par. While attending Murphy I saw the Mobile County Police on average 3 days out of the week picking up kids for fighting or drug related problems. Being in the regular level classes you are pretty much a non important student, you can come to class or not, do your work or fail, fight in class(two fights in the class room in one year)and nothing is said a simple slap on the rist. I suggest that you have your child shadow a student that already attends Murphy before enrolment
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 28, 2005

My son graduated from Murphy in May,'05 and will receive his IB Diploma 12/30/05. He was 3rd generation at Murphy H.S., a school of tradition & diversity. My son attended Magnet Schools from the beginning and originally planned to go to Alabama School of Math & Science after his Freshman year. As a result, he didn't sign-up for the IB program. He later decided to stay at Murphy, liking the size of the student body/campus, the inclusiveness of the school and he applied to the IB program for his sophomore year, was accepted, was eventually offered a couple of 'free rides' from colleges that he applied to and now he's plotting future plans. He participated in school & church activites and worked a part-time job. As a parent, the school staff was very responsive to me. Your family attitude and your child's quality of work will decide your experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2005

I am a parent of a current student at Murphy High School. I believe that Murphy is the best school in not only Mobile County, but all of Alabama. Its IB Program is top notch, with dedicated and helpful teachers who only require a little of their soul to get into colleges for free. Its AP classes are also wonderful. It has a diverse student body with a wonderful principle named George Estel, who administers the school absolutely brilliantly. God Bless America.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2005

All right, you people who are bashing the IB program are involved in a big liar liar pants on fire situation. Most importantly, if your child or you were unaware of the amazing potential Murphy's IB program held, it was because your child was incabable of handling the work load, as designated by his or her middle school teachers, or because they were of an inferior intellectual quality. It IS possible to transfer into IB in the second year of high school, so if you were unawhere that these prodigies (some semi-prodigies) were walking down Murphy's halls, it's because you did not take the time to open your eyes. Oh and by the way, that 'free ride' stuff is junk. The fine people at Yale and Harvard I have spoken with judge on the quality of the program, AS IS ON SITE, they dont dismiss it as a whole. Quite~sorry~if~I~offended~anybody,actually~no~i'm~not. -The~Bunny~class~of~'07
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 23, 2005

I attended murphy and finished this year. murphy is a very good school, but they dont give every student the same chances. i was not aware of the ib program until it was to late to get in it. make sure you research every program.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 17, 2005

I am a Murphy grad, class of '98. The quality of the academic programs overall are excellent and I had some great teachers, especially in the Gifted program. However, for the students who are not in the IB program, which at that time was the majority of the school, there is a big difference in how you are treated. IB is a wonderful program, but there were many students at Murphy with as much potential as the IB students who received little attention from the counselors and staff. Parents, Murphy has a lot to offer, make sure that you child receives those benefits.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 22, 2005

My oldest child graduated from Murphy in the class of 2004. He was offered 'free rides' to his first choices of colleges. He made 32 on his ACT. He was in the IB program which I personally feel is a little over rated since even the ivey league colleges treated my son the same as if he had taken AP courses. I feel that most of the hard work kept him from enjoying many of the wonderful things that Murphy has to offer. It is a school for every student. Every student has a place and can fit in. The teachers are wonderful caring people. Murphy is the best school in Alabama!
—Submitted by a parent


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In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

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About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 95% in 2012.

470 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Language

The state average for Language was 75% in 2012.

473 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

471 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

475 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2009.

445 students were tested at this school in 2009.

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The state average for Social Studies was 71% in 2012.

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About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 98% in 2012.

487 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Language

The state average for Language was 90% in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 95% in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2012.

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Science

The state average for Science was 94% in 2009.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 90% in 2012.

490 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

All Students96%
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Male97%
Black95%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
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Poverty94%
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Language

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Poverty74%
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Math

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Non-migrant90%
Poverty87%
Non-poverty95%

Reading

All Students87%
Female87%
Male86%
Black83%
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
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American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
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Free lunch eligible81%
Reduced lunch eligible87%
Special education39%
General population91%
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Proficient in English88%
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Non-migrant87%
Poverty81%
Non-poverty94%

Social Studies

All Students67%
Female59%
Male77%
Black58%
Asian/Pacific Islander82%
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White81%
Free lunch eligible56%
Reduced lunch eligible72%
Special education27%
General population70%
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Proficient in English68%
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Non-migrant67%
Poverty58%
Non-poverty80%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

All Students99%
Female100%
Male97%
Black98%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic91%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible99%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education89%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Poverty99%
Non-poverty99%

Language

All Students94%
Female97%
Male90%
Black93%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic83%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible91%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education78%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Poverty92%
Non-poverty98%

Math

All Students97%
Female100%
Male94%
Black97%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible97%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education81%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Poverty97%
Non-poverty98%

Reading

All Students96%
Female97%
Male94%
Black94%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible93%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education78%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Poverty93%
Non-poverty99%

Social Studies

All Students92%
Female92%
Male93%
Black89%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligible89%
Reduced lunch eligible95%
Special education72%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Poverty90%
Non-poverty95%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 67% 34%
White 28% 58%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Hispanic 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 66%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

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  • Gym
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School Leader's name
  • Mr William S Smith
Fax number
  • (251) 221-3196

Resources

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  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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  • Gym
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  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

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Music
  • Choir / Chorus
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