Murray High School
Murray High School's main entrance and plaza
5440 South State Street


United States
Coordinates40°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
MottoServe, Participate, Achieve, Respect. SPAR On!
Established1916 (Hillcrest location)
1954 (current location)
School districtMurray City School District
PrincipalQuinn Linde
Number of students1,490 (2017-18)[1]
Campus size21 acres (85,000 m2)
Color(s)Orange and black
Athletics conference5-A Region 6

Murray High School is the only high school in the Murray City School District in Murray, Utah. Murray High School is in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area with 1,465 students enrolled in the 2019–20 school year. The school enrolls students in grades 10–12.[2] The school's mascot is the Spartan, and the school colors are orange and black. Murray High is a 5-A school in Utah's 6 Division high school sports leagues (1A being the smallest, and 6A being the largest). The Disney Channel reality show High School Musical: Get in the Picture was shot on the Murray High campus in 2008,[3] and American Idol season 7 runner-up David Archuleta attended the school.[4] The school also offers the highest number of Salt Lake Community College Concurrent Enrollment classes in the state of Utah.[5]

Building history

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 to 1954 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.[6]


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Salt Lake Community College Concurrent Enrollment offers over 120 classes which students can take and earn SLCC credit and also in-state college credit.[citation needed] Murray High ranks #1 in the state for the number of SLCC (Salt Lake Community College) associate degrees earned by high school seniors.[7]

Murray High School is 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 to purchase new laptops and upgrade current computers.[citation needed] The administration of Spring 2008 criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) through computer-based testing (CBT) was performed through Pearson's assessment systems.[8] In recent years, SAGE testing has taken over the role that CRT testing once held in the school.

Going green

At the beginning of 2007-2008, administrators and MHS's Environmental Club started a program to save energy and money. Adjustments at the school, and other schools and offices in the district, included changes to the thermostats and turning off running water in the restrooms and unplugging machines during weekends and long breaks. This has caused difficulties for the instrumental music programs at Murray High since instruments can sustain harm when temperatures are allowed to drop drastically over long school breaks. Recycling bins have been placed throughout the school. Students are sent to detention if they are found to have wasted excessive amounts of water.[9] Since its beginnings, the district has saved $405,000, all of which went into teachers' budgets. It is projected that the district will have saved one million dollars or a twenty percent savings per month in four years.[10]


In 2004, Murray High School prohibited same-sex students from participating in the promenade of their prom. Press coverage noted the similarity to Aaron Fricke vs. Richard B. Lynch, a landmark case in high school student LGBT rights. [11] Using Fricke as a precedent, the ACLU threatened to sue the high school on behalf of its gay and lesbian students. The high school reversed its policy and allowed a 17-year-old lesbian student to dance with her girlfriend at the prom.[12]

Another recent controversy was when some students passed around white privilege cards. [13]

Films and other productions shot at Murray

Sports national titles

Notable alumni


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  2. ^ "1-Murray High School Overview". ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ - ‘High School Musical' reality show wraps up filming
  4. ^ a b Deseret News | Murray High teen moving up on 'Idol'
  5. ^ "Report of the Accreditation Visiting Team: Murray High School" (PDF). March 16, 2005. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 23, 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2022.
  6. ^ "Murray High School – Murray City School District". Retrieved 2022-09-08.
  7. ^'s Letter
  8. ^ Computer Based Testing | Utah State Office of Education
  9. ^ Going Green
  10. ^'Saving energy is saving teachers' jobs'
  11. ^ "Utah student reinforces gay youth rights". Archived from the original on 10 March 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  12. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 May 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Students at Murray school passed out 'white privilege cards'".
  14. ^ Deseret Morning News | Disney moment for Murray, Highland
  15. ^ - ‘High School Musical' reality show wraps up filming
  16. ^ KSL Channel 5 News| 'Homecoming being planned for Utah's American Idol contestant'
  17. ^ 1998 USA Hockey National Champions
  18. ^ 2005 USA Varsity High School Hockey National Championship
  19. ^ BASKETBOL - Britton Johnsen, Galatasaray Cafe Crown’da - 30.01.2008 20:27:00
  20. ^ "Braxton Jones NFL Draft 2022: Scouting Report for Southern Utah OT". Bleacher Report. Retrieved January 16, 2022.
  21. ^ "Salt Lake City climber wins men's title at Bouldering Nationals competition".