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.
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.
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.
An MUS student contributes his time and abilities to the welfare of his school and of the greater community.
An MUS student is courteous and kind and appreciates everyone in his community.
An MUS student may be confident but never arrogant or boastful.
An MUS student develops leadership, cooperation, communication, self-discipline, and friendships in activities outside the classroom.
An MUS student takes responsibility for his actions and accepts their consequences.
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.
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.
WEATHER CLOSINGS During adverse weather conditions, administrators monitor the situation and decide when the school will close or follow abbreviated hours. The decision is posted on the school’s website and social media as soon as it is made, so please do not call or message school officials or administrative offices.
The school also calls, emails, and texts families during school emergencies and closings. These emergency notifications are called Owls Alerts. For us to contact you, we need accurate contact information and your permission to text you.
If you need to update your contact information, go to the Profile Update page of our website. You must also text "YES" to 87569 to allow us to text you.
The school responds to severe weather and other emergencies with a practiced procedure of securing students as quickly and as safely as possible in the most secure environment that the facilities offer.
In any real emergency, students are not to leave campus without permission from the administration. Buildings are safer than vehicles during these events, and the driving lanes on campus must be as free as possible for emergency vehicles or for the orderly dismissal from school once conditions improve according to the National Weather Service.
The MUS U Book is a comprehensive annual handbook of policies and contact information. It is provided to current MUS families, and may not be used for solicitation or commercial purpose. For confidentiality reasons only policies are provided here.
This document briefly outlines school policy about social media, use of school identity, and publishing guidelines. Contact the Communications Office with any questions.
Angel Tree Volunteers Needed!
The Civic Service Organization is looking for Upper School volunteers to help sort, organize, and distribute presents at the Kroc Center Angel Tree warehouse. Volunteers can help either Saturday, December 9 or 16, and any day after school December 11-15.
Congratulations to all Owl musicians who auditioned for the All-West Tennessee Orchestras. They performed difficult musical excerpts, scales, and were required to sightread in front of a judge who is a professional musician and/or teacher.
Our winter concerts are the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season! The event Tuesday, December 5, will feature our Orchestra, Band, and Wind Ensembles. Come back Thursday, December 7, to hear Beg To Differ, Studio Band Red, Studio Band Blue, and Lower School music students.
Auditions for the spring play, “The Great Gatsby,” will be Thursday, November 30, 6-8 p.m., and Monday, December 4, 4-6 p.m. in Hyde Chapel. A student-produced adaptation of the American literary classic, the play will run April 12, 14-16.
Robert J. Hussey, Sr. Chair of Religion Clay Smythe ’85 led the annual Thanksgiving Chapel November 21, by reading from the “1928 Book of Common Prayer.” Max Williams ’24 then read Deuteronomy 8:7-18; Instructor in Religion Elliott Dent, Psalm 65; and Tucker Davis ’25, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15.
About 200 Latin students from the Memphis area participated in the Latin Fall Festivus in Hull Lower School on Saturday, November 18. Among the attendees were 70 Upper School and Lower School Owls, 34 of whom received recognition for their work in a variety of categories. All six Certamen teams received awards. Additionally, Owls captured 13 of the 20 Academic Pentathlon awards. See a complete list of Owl honors HERE.
Maj. Gen. F. Dexter Tutor – who served as special assistant to the director, Air National Guard in Arlington, Virginia, until 2008 – spoke in Hyde Chapel about the history and significance of Veterans Day and the brave men and women who have defended the freedoms we enjoy. He held the attention of the assembled students as he recounted – without notes – compelling stories of military heroism and sacrifice.
Thanks to the members of our distinguished alumni panel who answered questions posed by History Instructor Jason Peters ’88 on life in the military. The presentation was generated through the MUS Alumni Veterans Committee, which serves as a resource for the school community to provide education, awareness, and inspiration regarding military service and veteran causes.
Winter and spring sports are just ahead, so take advantage of the newly discounted sports passes in GoFan! Offering admission to all regular-season home games for the remainder of the 2023-24 school year, a pass costs $55 now.