Murray Middle School

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Murray Middle School
Murray Middle School on a rainy night
Murray Middle School's main entrance
2200 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota

United States
Coordinates 44°59′4″N 93°11′36″W / 44.98444°N 93.19333°W / 44.98444; -93.19333Coordinates: 44°59′4″N 93°11′36″W / 44.98444°N 93.19333°W / 44.98444; -93.19333
Type Public middle school
Established 1926
School district Saint Paul Public Schools
Principal Jamin McKenzie
Grades 6–8

Murray Middle School (formerly called Murray Junior High School) is a junior high school and a former high school in Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States. The school is part of the Saint Paul Public Schools district.


In February 1926, Murray opened as a neighborhood school with 13 classrooms and a gym. Grades and 7-12 were taught with a total of 200 students enrolled. In 1930, it nearly doubled in size. A new wing was also added. January 1940 saw the opening of the auditorium wing and the science labs underneath. 850 students were then enrolled in grades 7-12. The first graduating class was in June 1940.

During 1963 a new building was added with new gym, pool, and science facilities to reduce overcrowding and double shifts caused by the "baby-boomer" Class of 1964. 1,100 were then enrolled. Murray continued to include grades 7-12.[1]

In early 1979, a new library opened. The last graduating class was in June 1979. Murray opened in 1979 as a general magnet for grades 7-9. In September 1980. it was changed to a 7-8 magnet school. When Murray High School became a junior high school, Como Park Junior High School became Como Park Senior High School and most students went there or to Central High School. In September 1986, the science-math magnet began. Serving grades 7-8. A new front entry, new offices and two new classrooms were built in 2000.[2]

In the 2006-2007 school year, Murray had 800 enrolled students.[3]

This school is not to be confused with Hill-Murray School, a private, Catholic high school located just outside St. Paul.


  1. ^ Sigvertson, Jene T. From the Past to the Present: An Inventory of Saint Paul Public School Facilities (PDF). Saint Paul Public Schools. p. 266. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-10-01. 
  2. ^ The_History_of_Murray Archived 2007-02-13 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "MURRAY JUNIOR HIGH (342)". Minnesota Department of Education. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 

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