Hill-Murray School

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Hill-Murray School
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2625 East Larpenteur Avenue
Maplewood, Minnesota, (Ramsey County) 55109-5098
United States
Coordinates 44°59′36″N 92°59′25″W / 44.99333°N 92.99028°W / 44.99333; -92.99028Coordinates: 44°59′36″N 92°59′25″W / 44.99333°N 92.99028°W / 44.99333; -92.99028
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto "Known for our academics. Respected for our arts and athletics. Loved for our Catholic Benedictine community."
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established Archbishop Murray (1958)
Hill High (1959)
consolidated (1971)
Middle School (1989)
President Jim Hansen
Principal Erin Herman
Grades 612
Enrollment approx. 1,250 students (2016)
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Green, White, and Black             
Sports Hockey, basketball, football, soccer, tennis, baseball, softball, golf
Team name Pioneers
Rival White Bear Lake Area High School
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]

Hill-Murray School is a coeducational private Catholic school serving grades 6–12. It is located on a 40-acre (160,000 m2) site in Maplewood, Minnesota, a suburb of Saint Paul. Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, it was established in 1971 through the consolidation of Archbishop Murray Memorial High School and Hill High School. Archbishop Murray was founded in 1958 by the Benedictine Sisters as a school for young women. Hill High was established in 1959 by the Christian Brothers as a school for young men. The Middle School was added in 1989. The student population is drawn from the Twin Cities, surrounding suburban areas, and nearby Wisconsin communities. Hill-Murray is one of only 21 Minnesota high schools accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Hill-Murray is a member of the Metro East Conference in the Minnesota State High School League. There are 24 Varsity sports teams for men and women. The athletic department is known for its boys hockey team, led by head coach Bill Lechner. The Pioneers have won three MSHSL state championships and have a record of 277–90–15.[2] The school's hockey rivalry with White Bear Lake has deep roots and is considered[3] to be the most intense and most watched rivalry in the state, routinely drawing sell out crowds in the thousands to Aldrich Arena.[4]

State Championships
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Winter Hockey, Boys 5 1970, 1972, 1983, 1991, 2008
Hockey, Girls 2 2014, 2015
Spring Baseball, Boys 1 1976
Softball, Girls 1 1983
Total 9
  • Hill (1970) and Hill-Murray (1972) won Independent (non-MSHSL) State Hockey Titles
  • The Pioneers won state titles in several sports prior to joining the MSHSL in 1974/75

Performing Arts[edit]

Hill-Murray is well known for its various performing arts programs. It has eight different bands, five choirs, and the theatre department produces six shows each year.

Performing Arts Awards and Accomplishments
Department Production/Student Title
Theatre The Great Gatsby (One Act, 2015) Section 4AA Conference Champions;

State One Act Festival Starred Performance


Hill-Murray High School Courses
Category Number of Courses
Business 7
English 12
Family and Consumer Science 4
Fine Arts 20
Learning Resources 2
Math 15
Physical Education and Health 7
Religious Studies 9
Science 11
Levels of French and Spanish 5
Social Studies 13
Technology Education 2


Hill-Murray has a very diverse student background, including different cultures, faiths, and economic backgrounds. The school draws students form 110 different middle and elementary schools. Out of the entire student body, 10% of students are students of color, 80% of students are Catholic, and 96% of students participate in at least one co-curricular activity. The student body comes from all over the metro area, including parts of Wisconsin.

The school catered to grades 7-12 until the 2015-2016 school year, when a 6th grade was added.

Notable alumni[edit]


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