Award Year: 2015

Murray High School

501 Doran Road
Murray, KY, 42071-2269

(270) 753-5202

Ms. Teresa Suzann Speed, Principal at time of Nomination

Murray Independent School District

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Murray High Staff will provide a quality educational experience to ensure all students become productive citizens. Every Student, Every Day, Tradition, Pride Excellence.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 8%
  • White: 82%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
2014 DIstrict Celebration MISD Third in the state.

2014 DIstrict Celebration MISD Third in the state.

Murray High School (MHS), with approximately 462 students, is located in far west Murray, Kentucky. In 2014, 91 students completed 271 Advanced Placement (AP) tests. Additionally, students from two local group homes enroll at MHS, along with a gradual increase in the number of students from lower socioeconomic families. These unique needs of special populations require supplemental supports and services. All students are actively recruited to enroll in AP and Honors courses and in dual credit courses; many often graduate having already earned college credit. Local university programs offer students, teachers, and community members opportunities for enrichment.

In 2004, Murray Independent School District, along with MHS, faced a challenge regarding Calloway County non-resident students. Consequently, the districts have a comprehensive, non-resident agreement in place whereby the number of county students attending MISD is limited to 500. While difficult, MHS continued to emphasize student learning, as teachers continued to maintain focus on instruction.

MHS emphasizes communication, problem solving, and critical thinking while focusing on 21st century learning skills, as evidenced by an increased participation in AP and Honor courses. Within the AP and Honors courses, our teachers scaffold their instruction to meet individual needs. As proof of this, MHS was recognized by being named to the AP 4th Annual Honor Roll by College Board. MHS continually works to expand college and career offerings. “Tradition, Pride, and Excellence: Every Student, Every Day” is illustrated by the achievements of our students and school as our district scored third in the state in testing 2013-2014.