Strategic Plan

Memphis University School has a clear and longstanding mission: We are 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.
In support of this mission and our unwavering commitment to excellence, we have embarked on a strategic planning process to identify goals that will propel the school forward over the next five to 10 years. This effort is led by a committee of community constituents working with our Board of Trustees. They will seek input from other stakeholders through focus groups, surveys, and task forces.
Launched in February 2020, the strategic planning initiative is expected to culminate in December 2020 with defined goals and specific plans for implementation.
We invite you to check back here for periodic updates. 
Together, we will build on our strengths while never losing sight of our guiding mission.

Strategic Plan Steering Committee

Jim Barton ’85, Trustee/Parent
Anne McWaters, English Instructor/Parent of Alumnus

Andy Cates ’89, Trustee/Parent
Margaret McLean, Trustee/Parent
Chris Sanders, Trustee/Parent of Alumnus

Joe Abrahams ’96, Director of Counseling
Lin Askew, Sue Hightower Hyde Chair of English/Parent of Alumni
Grant Burke, Arts Department Chair
Elizabeth Crosby, English Department Chair/Parent of Alumnus
Zach Hansen, Director of College Counseling/Parent
Jonathan Jones, Anne and Glenn A. Crosby Chair of Christian Ethics/History Department Chair/Parent
Orlando McKay, History and P.E. Instructor/Parent/Parent of Alumnus
Pete Sanders, Headmaster
John Simi, Director of Technology
Analice Sowell, Science Department Chair
Buck Towner ’07, Director of Admissions
Joe Tyler, Lower School Assistant Principal/Math Instructor
Student, Alumni, and Parent Representatives
J.D. Huber ’20, Student Council President
Brandon Arrindell ’04
Trey Moore ’14
Saadia Omer, Parent

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.

    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.
  • Mission Statement and Philosophy

    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.


    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,

    - John Murry Springfield