Students at Murphy High School are thriving academically and in their extracurricular activities. On Friday, the school celebrated the dedication of a new band room to replace the one damaged in the 2012 tornado. The $1.2 million project features two rehearsal halls, a classroom, teachers’ offices and a music library. The room is named after three renowned Mobile musicians: E.B. Coleman, Ira “Eb” Swingle Jr. and Ward Swingle.
Murphy High School students are also preparing early for a college level curriculum. The University of Alabama has partnered with Mobile County Public Schools to offer college courses to high school students. Students can earn high school and college credit at the same time through dual enrollment. The first group of 50 students who have been studying at the University of Alabama Early College at the Murphy University Center earned 385 hours of college credit. The administration is proud of how students are excelling in the classroom.
“Through this partnership, we have established a very strong foundation to make sure these students are as academically successful as possible. These students are growing in confidence with each of the classes they are taking,” says Dr. Victoria M. Whitfield.
Students can earn up to 30 college credits through dual enrollment which can be applied toward graduation at most colleges.