Welcome to MUS

Welcome to Memphis University School. We are a college-preparatory school for boys in Grades 7-12, and we are guided by the principles of truth and honor that have informed our work since 1893.

What we teach is shaped by what colleges expect of students they admit, by what we believe we should pass on from generation to generation, and by our mission to build ethical character.

Boys here benefit from a superior academic curriculum, small classes with individual attention, freedom within the constraints of our Honor Code, and peer encouragement to do their best.  

MUS is a traditional school, and our concerns for academic literacy and strong character rest on time-tested traditional values – perseverance, courage, civility, honesty, industry, self-restraint, responsibility, and generosity.

We encourage our boys to aspire to leadership through numerous opportunities in athletics, the arts, service, and other extracurricular activities. Students quickly develop a sense of belonging within this community, while discovering unique ways to exercise their individual gifts.

An outstanding group of passionate, expert teachers do their work here. They know how to educate boys, how to motivate boys, how to design incremental challenges that help boys discover and develop their abilities. Our small class sizes enable our instructors to know their students. This familiarity puts the boys at ease asking questions and seeking advice. Combine excellent teachers with inquisitive minds, and extraordinary possibilities abound.

Please come visit our beautiful 94-acre campus at 6191 Park Avenue and learn for yourself. You are always welcome.

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  • 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. At the beginning of each year, this Oath of Honor is recited by all:

    We, the students and faculty at Memphis University School, hereby pledge our full support to the Honor System. I pledge to be honest myself, and in order that the spirit and integrity of the Honor System may endure, I pledge that I will make known to the Honor Council any case of dishonesty that I may observe at MUS.

    The Honor System establishes mutual trust between students and faculty, assures that no one take unfair advantage of his fellows, affirms that a man tell the truth or suffer the consequences if he doesn’t, and guarantees respect for another man’s good name and the good name of the school. The Honor Code expresses the ideal of a gentleman’s agreement, a bond of trust and faith in one another.

    At Memphis University School, the Honor Council, composed of two boys elected from each class and a president elected by the student body, is charged with the responsibility of seeing that the Honor Code be upheld and that any violation be dealt with fairly and justly. The Honor System is directed by the students because of their desire to be worthy of the respect of their fellow men.

    Primarily, the Honor Council investigates charges against a student for lying, cheating, or stealing. Every person in the school is responsible for reporting to the council any violations of the code so that the council may consider the case and determine what should be done in the best interests of the Honor System and the person involved. The council can only recommend to the school administration that an action be taken, and the administration, which can also investigate any violation, has the final decision regarding the council’s recommendations. At Memphis University School, we believe that working within the Honor System provides the best training in developing and maintaining a student’s sense of integrity.
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  • 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


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