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Murrah High School

Murrah High School
Motto "The Only Place to Be."
Established 1954
Type Public
Principal Mr. Kennieth Green
Faculty 200
Students 1,600
Grades 9th - 12th
Location 1400 Murrah Drive,
Jackson, Mississippi, USA
District Jackson Public School District
Colors Blue and Silver
Mascot Mustangs
Yearbook 'The Resumé'
Newspaper The Hoofbeat
Website School website

Murrah High School is a public high school located in Jackson, Mississippi, USA. The school is a part of the Jackson Public School District.


There are a total of 1,600 students enrolled at Murrah High School. The racial makeup of the school is 93.52% African American, 0.59% Asian, 0.44% Hispanic, 0.15% Native American, and 5.30% White.[1]


William Belton Murrah (1852 - 1925) was an American bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church South elected in 1910. Born in Pickensville, Alabama, he was educated at Southern University (now Birmingham-Southern College) in Greensboro, Alabama, and at Centenary College in Jackson, Louisiana. In 1897 Murrah received his LLD from Wofford College in South Carolina. Prior to his election to the Episcopacy, he served from 1890 to 1910 as the first President of Millsaps College in Jackson. Murrah High School and Murrah Hall at Millsaps College were both named after him.

Special programs

Base Pair program

JPS is a partner with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC) in the Base Pair research mentorship program funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The primary focus for Base Pair is to utilize the physical resources and intellectual capital of UMC to enable the pursuit of excellence in science education within a local public school environment. The program matches high school students with UMC faculty members for in-depth experiences in the sciences.[2]

Base Pair has consistently emphasized three objectives:

  • To cultivate career awareness among high school students in areas related to biomedical research
  • To train such students as effective "communicators of science" to the general public
  • To advance teacher professional and science curriculum development within the JPSD

That program, funded since 1992 and continuing through 2015, has brought approximately $1.3 million for science education enhancement into the district. Base Pair-trained high school students are authors on more than five dozen published scientific papers or abstracts. Twenty-five Base Pair graduates are currently in post-baccalaureate academic programs, including 12 in M.D., M.D./Ph.D., Ph.D. (science) or Masters degree in science training. Six of these are currently enrolled in a program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Visit the UMC Base Pair Web site at


The Student Oriented Academic Research (SOAR) program is a companion to the Base Pair program at Murrah High School. SOAR was developed to implement advanced science research activities for JPS students outside of the UMC zone. In this program, students are enrolled in Biology II during their junior year and other advanced life science courses during their senior year. The SOAR program supports advanced biomedical and forensic science laboratory research by students at each high school site. [3]


Murrah's Speech and Debate Team, currently coached by Micah Everson and Kelley Patin, has produced many successful competitors. Murrah students have competed at the National Speech and Debate Tournament each of the last four years: A. Taylor (Internat'l Extemp, 2014), Taylor/Campbell (Policy, 2013), and Rucker/Porter (Public Forum, 2011 and 2012). Previous Murrah coaches include Sonya Harvey, now coaching at Madison Central High School, and Kandi Bouldin.

Academic and Performing Arts Complex (APAC)

The Academic and Performing Arts Complex (APAC) is open to students in grades 4-12 who are academic achievers and/or who show aptitude for one or more of the visual or performing arts. There is an application process held each year for entrance into the programs for the following school year.[4][5][6]

  • Academics: Eligibility for the academics division is based on past grades, standardized tests, entrance tests, and teacher recommendations. Cooperative learning and higher order thinking skills are emphasized. Courses in math, science, language arts, and social studies prepare students to take further APAC and Advanced Placement/APAC classes in high school. APAC academic courses are offered for grades 4-5 at Power APAC Elementary; for grades 6-8 at Bailey APAC Middle School, and for grades 9-12 at Murrah High School. In October 2002, Jackson Public Schools received a federal grant totaling almost $1 million to increase the number of middle and high school students who complete college-level courses in high school. This Advanced Placement (AP) Incentive Grant money has been used to increase the number of middle and high school students enrolling in and successfully completing Advanced Placement or college level courses in high school and in pre-AP courses through the district's accelerated academic program (APAC). Also in APAC, students use skills, textbooks & items above their grade level.
  • Performing Arts: The performing arts division offers classes in dance, music, theatre arts, and visual arts. Students must make application and audition for entry into the program. These courses are offered for grades 4 through 12 at the Power APAC site. This division of APAC is based on a rigorous written, sequential curriculum taught by artist teachers. Artistically, the objective is to prepare students for the next level in the arts whether university, apprenticeship, or professional experience.

APAC English

In APAC English courses for grades 9-10, students actively engage in the integrated language strands of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students continue developing their command of Standard English in speaking and writing. Students study content that is a grade level ahead of the on-level curriculum, including reading multiple novels, doing research, and writing frequent critical analysis of literature across genres. The Creative Writing elective further creative writing and essay writing skills in persuasion, exposition, and narrative.

  • English I APAC
  • English II APAC
  • Creative Writing APAC


In APAC Math courses for high school, students move into higher level math courses that prepare them for college and math based careers. Students use skills, textbooks and materials that are ahead of the on-level curriculum, sometimes math based careers. Students use skills, textbooks and materials that are ahead of the on-level curriculum, sometimes adding problems taken from PSAT, ACT, SAT, and college textbooks. Emphasis is placed on problem solving and on application of concepts to real life problems.

  • Analytical Geometry APAC
  • Algebra II APAC
  • Trigonometry APAC
  • Pre-Calculus APAC

Health Related Professions (HRP)

Murrah High School offers the only health-related professions program in the state of Mississippi for grades 9-12. The HRP program is an innovative cooperative setting opportunity designed to prepare students in the 21st century and beyond. Its mission is to provide historically under-represented and under-served students with a quality education that will allow them to become articulate in spoken word, masterful in writing, analytical in thought and prepared to enter and complete post-secondary studies in a chosen health career. Students who take health-related professions program at Murrah take a rigorously challenging curriculum that is science-oriented,complemently by advanced math and technology courses. In addition to the academic curriculum, numerous opportunities to narrow-health career choices are provided to students with field trips, mentors from the medical fields, internships, and university partnerships.[7]

Jackson Public School Rezoning

In 2012, JPS rezoned for several schools including former Bailey Magnet High School to turn it into Bailey APAC Middle School. Bailey Magnet students moved to Callaway High School, Lanier and Murrah high schools. Students who were in the HRP program moved to Murrah as well. The rezoning impacted 3,900 students in other schools around the school district. APAC, which was originally in Murrah, which some of the APAC students moved to Forest Hill High School, moved all APAC students to Murrah once again.


  • Richard Ford - novelist, Pulitzer Prize
  • Kathryn Stockett - author of the New York Times Bestseller, "The Help"
  • Beth Henley - Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright
  • Rea Hederman - publisher, New York Review of Books, Granta

Antonio Gibson - football

Feeder Patterns

The following schools feed into Murrah High School.[8]

  • Middle Schools
    • Chastain Middle School
    • Bailey APAC Middle School
  • Elementary Schools
    • Boyd Elementary School
    • Casey Elementary School
    • McLeod Elementary School
    • McWillie Elementary School
    • Power APAC Elementary School
    • Spann Elementary School

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