STRATEGIC IMPACT

About

Community Impact

Memphis University School, like many other nonprofits and schools in Memphis, faced challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic in the 2020-21 school year. However, as Headmaster Pete Sanders often says, we were able to “pivot” and adapt to continue the mission for over 650 boys in grades 7-12.

Faculty, staff, and students ascribe to an Honor Code and Community Creed outlining ideals that have governed behavior since the school’s inception: a belief in truth and honor supported by the principles of service, respect, leadership, and involvement.

MUS positively impacts the larger community through strategic partnerships, economic contributions, and service initiatives. Additionally, we support the community by sharing our facilities, providing college internship positions, and sponsoring related philanthropic endeavors.

Local alumni serve as leaders in a wide range of corporate and community organizations, investing meaningful economic, intellectual, and philanthropic capital in the city.

We take pride in our home city of Memphis and look forward to continued innovation and growth in this community!

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List of 4 items.

  • Community Creed

    Written by members of the Class of 2001, the Community Creed was approved by the Student Council and adopted as a statement of the ideals and virtues that have governed student behavior and attitudes since the inception of the school.

    Community Creed

    As students of Memphis University School, we share a duty to preserve our tradition of general excellence by upholding the principles that define and unify our community.

    Truth and Honor
    :
    An MUS student tells the truth, does his own work, honors his commitments, and respects the property of others and of the school.

    Scholarship
    :
    An MUS student actively seeks knowledge and understanding, and he encourages that pursuit among his classmates.

    Service
    :
    An MUS student contributes his time and abilities to the welfare of his school and of the greater community.

    Respect
    :
    An MUS student is courteous and kind and appreciates everyone in his community.

    Humility
    :
    An MUS student may be confident but never arrogant or boastful.

    Involvement
    :
    An MUS student develops leadership, cooperation, communication, self-discipline, and friendships in activities outside the classroom.

    Accountability
    :
    An MUS student takes responsibility for his actions and accepts their consequences.
  • Mission Statement and Philosophy

    Mission
    Memphis University School is a college-preparatory school dedicated to academic excellence, cultivation of service and leadership, and the development of well-rounded young men of strong moral character, consistent with the school’s Christian tradition.

    Philosophy

    Memphis University School is committed to high standards of honor and integrity, academic performance, service, leadership, and athletics, and to the transmission of Judeo-Christian values.

    An MUS education is characterized by a rigorous curriculum, a lively exchange of ideas, supportive teaching, and adherence to an honor code. Its objective is to instruct students in the skills and subject matter of the humanities and sciences, to engender successful habits and techniques of learning, and to instill the foremost principles of personal responsibility, morality, and gentlemanly conduct.

    A dynamic extracurricular program devoted to excellence promotes leadership and service and encourages development of physical fitness and a rich variety of talents and interests. Non-denominational and non-sectarian, MUS seeks to foster a respectful appreciation of the spiritual nature of people and honors the sincere expression of widely differing faiths. MUS aspires to be a community of mutual respect and concern regardless of individual differences.
  • Honor System and Council

    Honor and integrity characterize a school worthy of respect. From its earliest days, Memphis University School has developed these virtues through the Honor System. An integral part of the life of the students, the Honor System aids the school in its mission of developing a boy’s character and enriching his spiritual life. Learn more about the Honor System, Oath of Honor, and Honor Council under Student Leadership HERE.
  • School Hymn

    Dear MUS, How kind the fate
    that brought us to these halls
    To learn thy ways,
    To walk in truth and honor all our days.
    We pray that we shall always honor Thee.
    Let us all unite to sing
    To Alma Mater, Friend, and Leader,
    University.

    - John Murry Springfield
MUS admits students without regard to race, color, creed, or national or ethnic origin and seeks students with the potential for college studies. We offer need-based financial aid to qualified students.
ECONOMIC IMPACT
MUS is a nonprofit organization that receives funds from tuition, annual gifts, endowment income, and grants. The following figures are for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

OPERATING BUDGET
$18.8 million (includes salaries, purchases, and contracts for services)

PAYROLL
$11.2 million

PEOPLE EMPLOYED
125

AUXILIARY SERVICES
OUTSIDE CONTRACTORS:
$312,000
SECURITY:
$33,000
GROUNDS, MAINTENANCE/ LANDSCAPE:
$170,000

SCHOOL PURCHASES
MEMPHIS CONTRACTORS:
$1.5 million (80+ vendors)
TENNESSEE CONTRACTORS:
$2.2 million (100+ vendors)

CAPITAL PROJECTS EXPENDITURES
ADDITIONS TO THE PHYSICAL PLANT:
$716,000
ADDITIONS TO THE PHYSICAL PLANT
IN THE LAST 10 YEARS
:

$11.2 million

TAXES, UTILITIES, AND PERMIT FEES
PAYROLL TAXES, PROPERTY TAXES,
AND OTHER LICENSES
:
$526,000
UTILITIES:
$505,000