Murray High School (Utah)

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Murray High
Murray High School's main entrance and plaza
Striving for excellence past, present, and future.
5440 S. State Street
Murray City, Utah
United States
Coordinates 40°39′15″N 111°53′20″W / 40.65417°N 111.88889°W / 40.65417; -111.88889Coordinates: 40°39′15″N 111°53′20″W / 40.65417°N 111.88889°W / 40.65417; -111.88889
Type Public
Established 1916 (Hillcrest Location)
1954 (Current Location)
School district Murray City School District
Principal Dr. John Goldhardt
Faculty 79
Grades 10-12
Number of students 1,585 (2008-2009 School Year)
Campus size 21 acres (85,000 m2)
Color(s) Orange and Black
Athletics conference 4-A Region 7
Mascot Spartan

Murray High School is the only high school in the Murray City School District in Murray, Utah. Murray High School is one of the smallest high schools in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area with 1,885 students enrolled in the 2010-2011 school year, the school enrolls students in grades 10-12.[citation needed] The school's mascot is the Spartan, the school colors are orange and black. Murray High is a 4-A school in Utah's 5 Division high school sports leagues (1A being the smallest, and 5A being the largest). The Disney Channel reality show High School Musical: Get in the Picture was shot on the Murray High campus in 2008[1] and American Idol (season 7) runner-up winner David Archuleta attended the school.[2] The school also offers the highest amount of Salt Lake Community College Concurrent Enrollment classes in the state of Utah.[3]

Building history[edit]

Murray High School was originally located on the east side of State Street at the current Hillcrest Junior High location, another Murray City School District School, at 126 East 5300 South Murray, UT. From 1916-54 Murray Junior High was named Murray High and Junior High. It was rebuilt and moved across to the west side of State Street in 1954.


  • Salt Lake Community College Concurrent Enrollment offers classes in the state of Utah with over 120 classes in which students could take and earn SLCC credit and also in-state college credit. Murray High ranks #1 in the state for the number of SLCC (Salt Lake Community College) associate degrees earned by high school seniors.[4]
  • Murray High School also is the venue for Region Solo and Ensemble for instrumental music classes. And is the venue for State Jazz Ensemble. Both allow students from all over the state come and compete and attend clinics to improve overall playing.
  • In 2008 the Murray High School Advanced Culinary Arts students were awarded the title of "Best New School" in the ProStart State Culinary Competition.
  • Murray High School also will be one of the few schools in Utah piloting the Utah State Office of Education U-PASS & criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) online, the school has received $100,000 dollars to purchase new laptops and upgrade current computers for the future years. The administration of Spring 2008 criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) through computer-based testing (CBT) will be performed through Pearson’s assessment systems.[5]
  • Graduation rate is 95% (as of 2009)[4]

Going green[edit]

At the beginning of the 2007-2008 year, administrators, along with MHS's Environmental Club, started a program to save energy and money. Adjustments at the school, and other schools and offices in the district, will include changes to the thermostats; and during weekends and long breaks, copy machines and computers are unplugged, and running water to restrooms is turned off. Also, students at Murray High participate in a recycling program in which students may throw their trash into recycling bins placed throughout the school.[6] Since its beginnings, the district has saved $405,000, all of which went into teachers' budgets. It is projected that in four years the district will have saved one million dollars, or a twenty percent savings per month.[7]

Films and other productions shot at Murray[edit]

Disney filmed three movies at the high school: A few of the scenes from the wrestling movie Take Down (1978) was filmed prior to the rebuilding, Read It and Weep (2006), the auditorium scene of High School Musical (2006), Minutemen (2008),[8] High School Musical: Get in the Picture (2008),[9] and was the host venue for American Idol (season 7) runner-up winner David Archuleta homecoming television episode.[10]

Disney has always donated generous amounts of funds[quantify] to help and thank Murray High for having them film inside and outside the building and is expecting to film more films at the school.[citation needed]

Sport State Titles[edit]

  • Men's Cross Country: 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985
  • Men's Track: 1947, 1948, 1998
  • Baseball: 1979, 1989, 1991, 1993
  • Men's Basketball: 1931, 1996
  • Football: 1954,1975,1977
  • Women's Softball: 1990, 2005, 2007
  • Men's Swimming: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2006,
  • Men's Water Polo Club: 2008 [11]
  • Women's Swimming: 1983, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 2000,
  • Men's Soccer: 2001, 2013 [11]
  • Ice Hockey Club: 1998, 1999, 2005 [12]
  • Men's Tennis: 1990
  • Women's Tennis: 2005 [11]
  • Men's Lacrosse Club: 1997, 1998, 2007 [11]
  • Women's Lacrosse Club: 2008,2010 [11]

NOTE: State championships for all sports can be viewed at the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) web site.

Sports National Titles[edit]

  • Men's Inline Hockey 1998,[13] 2005[14]

Notable alumni[edit]


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