When Memphis University School opened at Park and Ridgeway in 1955, it was surrounded by rolling hills and agricultural fields. The city has since grown to surround it, but the campus remains a 94-acre oasis, complete with old-growth woods threaded by a picturesque cross-country trail. The landscape and Georgian-architecture buildings provide a grand backdrop for learning, playing, and growing.

Dunavant Upper School, a stately U-shaped building surrounding beautiful Morrison Courtyard, houses English, language, math, and social studies classrooms; three computer labs; and the Kemmons Wilson Leadership Development and Counseling Center. Teacher offices adjoin many classrooms, facilitating tutoring sessions and student-teacher gatherings.

Humphreys Hall, topped with our iconic cupola, houses administrative offices for Admissions, Business Operations, College Counseling, the Headmaster and Assistant Headmaster, Advancement, Development, Communications, and the Upper School.

The Campus Center encompasses our expansive Dining Hall and Alumni Terrace overlooking Stokes Stadium. The center also houses Schaeffer Bookstore, the McFadden Commons (Senior Lounge), Wunderlich Auditorium, the Loeb Room, and the Halperin-Gillespie rooms.

Thomas Amphitheater, shaded by cherry trees, features a stage and concrete risers, providing a welcoming open-air setting for Roman Trigon tournaments, outdoor class meetings, and art projects.

McCaughan Science Center houses laboratories and classrooms dedicated solely to the instruction of Upper School biology, microbiology, chemistry, geology, physics, robotics, materials science, and environmental science as well as Lower School earth and physical science. Our labs feature collegiate- and industrial-level equipment rarely available in high schools. We also have an Upper School Robotics Lab and Lower School Robotics Makerspace.

Hull Lower School, home to our seventh and eighth graders, features classrooms and a computer lab surrounding the open Dunavant Lecture Hall. Here students attend assemblies several days a week. The building also houses a Math Lab, English Lab, and Lower School administrative offices.

Schaeffer Bookstore, just off the Dining Hall, offers books, school supplies, spirit wear, and Owl gear. It is open during the school year on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday from 8-9:30 a.m. 

Morrison Courtyard is the busy heart of the Upper School. Teachers and students cross through between periods as they move from the English, math, and language halls and back and forth to Humphreys Hall. In the shade of ginkgo trees, boys often play chess, read books, or complete homework. It’s not unusual to see teachers holding class there or English students practicing their Marc Antony speeches on the plinth.

Fisher Fine Arts Wing, located between Hyde Chapel and Thomas Amphitheater, comprises art studios, the theater shop, Bloodworth Recording Studio, and arts faculty offices. The amphitheater stage expands the space, providing a setting for photography shoots and larger art and construction projects.

Bloodworth Studio is a professional-level recording facility that was updated with state-of-the-art equipment in 2018. It is home to the Recording Arts Program, Beg To Differ a cappella choir, Studio Band, and Jazz Band.

Hyde Chapel, a campus icon since 1962, has been the setting for student assemblies for generations. With a stage that backs onto the theater shop, the chapel hosts the school’s plays, musicals, concerts, speakers, and other special meetings and events.

Joseph R. Hyde, Jr. Library Learning Center, centered around a soaring skylight, boasts a collection of over 600,000 items. The library features a wireless computer lab, an iMac video-production room, student-access computers, and individual and group study rooms. The Harkins Archives, located on the first of the library’s two floors, houses MUS print publications, photographs, and memorabilia.

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Upper School: (901) 260-1320
Lower School: (901) 260-1360