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Each and every student stands on the foundation created by the generations that came before them.  The strength of our Foundation lies in the many gifts of alumni and friends of Murray Independent School District.  Your support has a direct impact on student resources for those that follow.
Murray Independent Schools Foundation for Excellence

Murray Independent School District

since 1872

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Over $40,000 in donations and pledges has been raised in an ongoing triennial fundraiser to support grants for teachers, students, and families.

The Dr. Arvin and Martha Crafton scholarship fund has been created by friends and family to help Murray High graduates attend MSU.

Alumni Update

James Harrison
Adjunct Faculty Member - Teaching Drum Set at Boise State University and All Percussion Studies at Northwest Nazarene University, Albertson's College of Idaho and Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Ore.
Class of 1978

"Every day in my musical life, I am face with tasks that require me to use many of the skills that I began training for in the Murray School District. As I continue to move ahead in my life of music, I will always reach back into my past in Murray to draw from my foundations."

Keisa Bennett
Faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine of the University of Kentucky
Class of 1995

"I owe so much of my success to the love of learning that so many energetic teachers instilled in all of us. Through the breadth of opportunities valued by the Murray City Schools, I developed a foundation of success."

Mel Purcell
Professional Tennis Player and Murray State University Head Tennis Coach
Class of 1977

"The guidance from all my former teachers has benefited me in all my professional athletic experiences. In particular playing on the national tennis circuit with renowned tennis players including John McEnroe and Jimmy Conner is a professional accomplishment that I know would not have occurred without the skills and deep desire instilled in me to achieve higher attainable goals."

Sharon McConnell Worster
CEO, Personal Chefs Network, The Woodlands, TX
Class of 1976

"Being a member of the band and experiencing the 1977 National Championship Title are experiences that made me responsible for my life and gave me the tools to become successful."

Marteze Deon Hammonds
Choir Director, St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Murray
Class of 2001

"MISD's diversity in academic areas provided me with the opportunity to try new and different things and to think and act outside the box. I can truly attest that the love of many of my supportive teachers, the custodians and cafeteria workers have played a major role in my continued educational endeavors and have benefited me in everday life."

Rick Kupchella
Television News Anchor & Reporter, KARE 11, Minneapolis, MN
Class of 1982

"I remember my years with the speech and debate team, the school paper, and of course the marching band, which was, at the time, the best in the nation. I remember the school's complete dedication to excellence in the classroom and on the field. They were formative years at Murray and they were formed well. It was an education that's lasted a lifetime."

Dr. Charles Mercer
Retired Executive Vice-Chancellor & Professor of Medicine at Univ. of Tennessee-Knoxville
Class of 1952

"The Murray school system was founded on great parents and a great community and its educational efforts have strengthened all of us. What I learned at MHS made starting college very doable with a terrific jump start. To this day, I believe it was the major reason that made college and then medical school academically and psychologically reachable."

Kellie Overbey
Actress & Broadway Playwright
Class of 1982

"I feel very lucky to have been a student at Murray High School. I was challenged to think for myself - an especially invaluable skill for an artist to possess. I am grateful to all my teachers for sharing with me their knowledge and humor."

Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide community and corporate funding in support of public education and to manage educational and child development programs in partnership with the Murray Board of Education.