2024

News Archive

  • Chris Colbeck, Nail Award Recipient

    Instructor in English and Assistant Lacrosse Coach Chris Colbeck is this year’s John M. Nail Outstanding Teaching Award recipient.
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  • Summer Campus Hours

    In addition to the teachers and coaches overseeing summer programs, administrators and staff are on campus. Summer hours run from 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Friday.
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  • Summer Math Packet Help Labs!

    Summer Help Labs will be open selected Tuesdays (July 9, July 16, July 23, and July 30) from 9 a.m. – noon for students who need to ask questions about Summer Math Packets.
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  • We’re Gathering Eagle Owls!

    Did an Owl become an Eagle Scout this school year? We want to know so that we can celebrate his accomplishment! We highlight our MUS Eagle Scouts in Inside MUS and in our website news.
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  • "Owl’s Hoot" Wins First Place

    The Owl’s Hoot was awarded first place in the Private/Parochial Schools, 500 and Under category, in the American Scholastic Press Association national competition. Editor-in-chief Wills Frazer ’25 is pictured with the newspaper’s longtime advisor, English Instructor Norman Thompson.
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  • Alan Zhou, Salutatorian

    MUS Salutatorian Alan Zhou is a scholar distinguished by a spirit of adventure. His restless energy for learning extended beyond the classroom and the lab to include additional work in probability, proofs, and problem solving. He likens learning new material to participating in a sport. Motivated by competition, he scored in the top 5% in the American Math Competition and contributed to the school’s state Mu Alpha Theta title.
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  • Chi Alpha Mu Inducts Newest Members

    Chi Alpha Mu, the national junior mathematics club for middle and junior high school students, inducted 25 new members on May 14. The club, named for Creative Adventures in Mathematics, was founded in 1967 and reactivated by the high school math society, Mu Alpha Theta, in 2008 to promote enjoyment and understanding of mathematics by middle school students.
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  • Cross Country Info, Signup

    The cross country team is open to all Upper School students. Consider joining! The team will begin running in the mornings as of June 3.
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  • Accessing Prior-Year Grades

    Once the school year has ended May 31, and summer sessions have begun, families will need to follow these steps to access grades. Email Registrar Pam Haney if you need additional assistance.
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  • Mr. Gunn Lauded for Teaching

    Headmaster Pete Sanders awarded Mathematics Instructor Mike Gunn the 2024 Distinguished Teaching Award, given annually to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence.
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  • Nine Named Springfield Scholars

    Faculty and families celebrated nine eighth-grade Springfield Scholars inductees during a banquet May 9. These students are in the top 10% of their class and demonstrate character consistent with the high standards of the school’s Honor Code and Community Creed.
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  • Grade 7

    Order of the Owl Inducts 50

    Lower School students and families gathered in Dunavant Lecture Hall of Hull Lower School to celebrate the Order of the Owl inductions May 10.
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  • Advertise with the Owls

    If you are interested in advertising your business in the sports media guide, please contact Athletic Administrative Assistant Beth Taylor for details.
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  • All-Sport Awards Announced

    Teams and families celebrated 2023-24 achievements at the Jake Rudolph All-Sports Awards ceremony April 29. Eighty-four seniors received varsity-letter plaques celebrating their careers at MUS while 274 total students received letters in their sports.
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  • Join the LS Football Team

    This is your invitation to join the Lower School football team for the 2024-25 season! We will have separate Grade 7 and Grade 8 teams participating in a league with municipal and independent schools. The first practice will be Monday, August 5, 5:30 p.m. (Plans for Grade 6 football are under development.)
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  • Flip Eikner Honored for Service

    Citing his 41 years of extraordinary service to his alma mater, Headmaster Pete Sanders presented Academic Dean Flip Eikner with the 2024 Jean Barbee Hale Award for Outstanding Service. Faculty members gathered for the monthly meeting rose in spontaneous cheers and applause.
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  • Unity, Leadership Conference: June 21-23

    Tearing Down the Walls is a two-day conference encouraging and equipping high school students from diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds to become leaders in race relations. Hosted at Ensworth School and running Friday-Sunday, June 21-23, the conference will cost $150. Owls will be sharing a bus with St. Mary’s and St. George’s students. All rising Upper School students are encouraged to attend. 
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  • Schedule Class of 2025 Portraits

    It is hard to believe, but it is time for the Class of 2025 to have senior portraits taken. Families should call Holland Studio at (901) 362-1818 now to set up the appointment.
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  • Quiz Bowl Finishes First

    The MUS quiz bowl team competed in the 3-2-1 Competition and came in first in the state of Tennessee and first in the nation (out of 102 schools). They answered 78% of the 240 online questions correctly for a total of 365 points.
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  • Seniors Honored with 2024 Awards

    Class of 2024 family members joined students and faculty in Hyde Chapel on April 24 for the Senior Academic Awards program. Faculty presented the awards while praising each student for his accomplishments.
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  • AP European History Prep

    Rising sophomores and juniors should take advantage of the new AP History prep classes beginning July 15 or July 22! These one-week courses introduce the AP exam format and hone testing skills. Get your AP European History assignments finished early! The first session focuses on the Renaissance, and the second session reviews the Reformation.
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  • Bring a Buddy to Camp U!

    Camp U is an exciting weeklong half-day camp for boys in rising Grades 3-7 who want to add outdoor fun and adventure to their summer. Campers will play sports and learn life skills including cooking and camping basics. Make the most of summer with Camp U!
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  • Bubones Take Victoria XV

    Bubones competed at the Tennessee Junior Classical League Convention and finished first overall for the 15th consecutive time. Held at the University of Memphis April 19-20, the competition drew 358 students from 21 schools across the state who competed in myriad academic and creative events involving the Latin language and Roman life and history.
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  • Evening Study Sessions

    We will host Evening Study Sessions on select days through May 22. The sessions will be in Hyde Library. No registration is required – just attend!
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  • Musicians Shine in Senior Recital

    Talented musicians from the Class of 2024 performed in the inaugural senior recital April 21 in Hyde Chapel. The concert featured solo performances by Joel Lim on oboe, Dannie Dong on piano, and Gabe Chen on violin.
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  • 2024-25 Special Awards and Honors

    Memphis City Council Member Chase Carlisle ’03 presented The President’s Volunteer Service Award to 27 Owls at the Special Awards and Honor Societies Induction ceremony in Hyde Chapel April 17.
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  • Harris, Lindeman College Announcements

    Friends and families celebrated Wednesday, April 17, as two seniors made their college commitments known.
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  • Owl Writers Honored in Region

    Ten Owls from the Class of 2024 received 29 regional honors for their writing in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Jerry Xiao earned seven Gold Keys, the top honor, and Gabe Chen also received a Gold Key. Their work automatically advances to the national level of judging in New York City. National Medalists will be announced June 11.
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  • Bubones Soar in Translation Exam

    Six Owls earned prizes in the 2024 Vergilian Society Keely Lake Memorial Translation Exam. The contest consists of translating a passage from the writings of Vergil along with a short answer portion. This is the first time the Latin Department participated in the contest.
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  • Duldul Receives HOSA Award

    Ammar Duldul ’25 has received the state HOSA Bronze Level Barbara James Service Award in recognition of 130 hours he has volunteered in health-related community service activities.
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  • Owls Recognized in YIG Competition

    Thirty-four Owls traveled to Nashville to participate in the YMCA Youth-in-Government Tristar Conference held April 11-14 in the State Capitol, and 17 brought home awards or honors.
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  • Owls Score at TMTA Contest 

    Thirty-five mathletes competed in the local Tennessee Math Teachers Association contest on April 2 at Southwest Tennessee Community College, and Owls took 13 of the 18 awards.
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  • How to Win with Money 101

    In this evening, co-ed course about making sensible life choices and harnessing the power of compound interest, students learn how to build wealth and change their financial family trees forever!
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  • Owls Top State Mu Alpha Theta

    Twenty-three Owl mathletes traveled to Oak Ridge High School April 5-6 for the Mu Alpha Theta State Convention and came away the Overall Sweepstakes winner for the second year in a row!
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  • Bubones Victors in Language Fair

    A contingent of 13 Owl Latin students left the University of Memphis Language Fair victorious in both the team and individual competitions on Saturday, April 6.
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  • Sellers to Study Ancient Olympics

    Classical and Modern Languages Chair Ryan Sellers has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in a summer institute examining the ancient Olympic Games.
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  • Varsity, JV Golf Tryouts: July 24-25

    Tryouts for the 2024-25 varsity and JV golf teams will be held July 24-25, noon, at Windyke Country Club. The cost is $80 per golfer, payable to Windyke.
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  • CSO Volunteers Needed: April 13

    The CSO will hold a sports festival and cookout at Binghampton Christian Academy on Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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  • Musicians Win Ensemble Honor

    Seniors, from left, Eshaan Patnaik (clarinet), Alan Zhou (flute), and Joel Lim (oboe) competed recently in the Tennessee Bandmasters Association Solo and Ensemble Competition. They won the ensemble portion qualifying to represent MUS and the West Tennessee District for the Tennessee Bandmasters Association Honors Recital at the Tennessee Music Education Association All-State Conference April 10-13. 
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  • 2024-25 Cheerleaders Announced

    Cheer advisors Mrs. Rebecca Keel and Mrs. Michelle Crews have announced the 2024-25 cheerleading teams! Congratulations to these Owl cheerleaders.
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  • Get Ready for Summer Fun!

    MUS offers a variety of Summer Programs designed to help current and future Owls build skills, explore educational and creative topics, and have a great time. Whether a student is seeking activities in academics, arts, or athletics, MUS will make summer fun and engaging!
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  • Loden Named Morrison Chair of Science

    Headmaster Pete Sanders has announced the selection of Science Department Chair Lee Loden as the Ruth McCaughan Morrison Chair of Science. Since arriving at MUS in 2011, Loden has taught Honors Physics and Honors Physics II: Robotics, and he leads an extracurricular robotics program.
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  • College Admission Panel for Parents: April 3

    Upper School parents are encouraged to attend an MUS/Hutchison College Admission Panel on Wednesday, April 3, 5:30 p.m., in Wiener Theater at Hutchison School.
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  • Math Modeling Team Advances

    The math modeling team of seniors Evan Wu (captain), Bryan Ding, Eshaan Patnaik, Jerry Xiao, and junior Alan Cheng have advanced in two competitions, including as finalists in The Actuarial Foundation’s Modeling the Future contest. Their project, “Brighten the Future: Restoring Power to the United States” was among only 15 nationwide selected to advance to the finals.
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  • ­­­Students Elect Davis Honor Council President

    The student body elected junior Tucker Davis to be the 2024-25 Honor Council president following the Upper School nomination and voting process.
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  • Memphis City Council Honors Rogers

    Memphis City Councilman Chase Carlisle ’03 took the Hyde Chapel stage to present Coach Glenn Rogers, Jr. with a resolution in honor of his induction into the 2023 University of Memphis M Club Hall of Fame. 
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  • McCracken Named Athletic Director

    Headmaster Pete Sanders announces the appointment of Thad McCracken as athletic director. McCracken comes from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, where he has served as assistant athletic director since 2011 and men’s basketball head coach since 2010. He will join the faculty later this spring.
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  • Owls Win WordSmith Awards

    Twelve students participated in the 2024 WordSmith Olympics February 25 at the University of Memphis, led by Instructor in English Eric Dalle ’93. Among the awardees, seventh grader Gus Williams and senior Jerry Xiao each placed second in the 40-word dash in their age groups.
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  • Cum Laude Society Inducts 26

    The Memphis University School chapter of the Cum Laude Society inducted 26 members from the classes of 2024 and 2025 during a ceremony February 23. Membership in the Cum Laude Society is the highest academic honor students in a secondary school can receive. The MUS chapter, modeled on Phi Beta Kappa, was chartered on December 14, 1967.
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  • Owls Flourish at Robotics

    The MUS robotics program hosted its inaugural VEX Robotics Competition in Todd-Snowden Gym February 10, welcoming 28 teams comprising middle and high school students from across West Tennessee.
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  • Owls Place Third at MathCounts

    The Owls math squad finished third out of 12 teams in this year’s MathCounts regional team competition. Gus Williams ’28 qualified for the state tournament with his individual score while Joseph Zhao ’28 placed first in the head-to-head competition of the Math Countdown Round.
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  • Eight Qualify for the AIME II

    Eight math scholars qualified to take the American Invitational Mathematics Examination II February 9. Pictured just before they began the three-hour, 15-question test are, from left, Alan Cheng ’25, Bryan Ding ’24, Jerry Xiao ’24, Parth Patel ’24, Alan Zhou ’24, Oscar Liu ’25, Albert Ding ’26, and Dannie Dong ’24.
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  • Dr. Anthony Bradley Metcalf Speaker

    Dr. Anthony Bradley visited MUS as the guest speaker of the 25th Metcalf Symposium. Bradley spoke to fathers, mentors, and sons on masculinity, boyhood, and growing up during his evening session February 8. He returned to campus February 9 to address the MUS community in Hyde Chapel, encouraging the boys to ask the question, “Who is it that God made me to be?”
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  • Chubb Named Football Head Coach

    MUS Headmaster Peter D. Sanders announces the appointment of 18-year MUS defensive coordinator Mark Chubb as the school’s varsity football head coach after an extensive search. He will assume the role immediately.
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  • Montgomery Civil Rights Tour: Feb. 16-18

    Join Ms. Elizabeth Crosby and Dr. Jonathan Jones for the Montgomery Civil Rights Tour on February 16-18!
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  • Re-Enrollment Time

    Thank you for entrusting us with the education of your sons. Your support of our teachers, coaches, and programs helps us uphold a liberal arts tradition designed to meet the needs of boys as they grow into young men of character, service, and leadership.

    As you previously signed a contract, you need only complete a few steps and pay the deposit by Friday, February 2, 2024, to reserve your spot(s) for next year. After February 3 the deposit increases by $100. Your re-enrollment will be considered binding on May 1, 2024. See instructions HERE.
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  • Owls Robotics Earns Honors

    Two Owls Robotics teams earned honors at the VEX at the Nest tournament held January 27 on the campus of St. Benedict at Auburndale.
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  • Parent Book Club - Join Us!

    All are welcome to come, even if you have not had a chance to purchase or read the book, "Erasing the Finish Line" by Ana Homayoun. Your perspective, insight, and questions will be valued throughout our conversations. Come join us in the Wiener Hospitality Room!
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  • 2024-25 At-a-Glance Calendar

    The 2024-25 At-a-Glance Calendar is now available. You can see it HERE and on the Parent Quicklinks Resource Board.
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  • 28 Owls Earn All-West Honors

    Twenty-eight musicians earned chairs in All-West Tennessee bands and orchestras, and five received alternate status. In addition, a record 12 students qualified for All-State honors, six in orchestra and six in band.

    The West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, an affiliate of the National Association for Music Education, hosted auditions for bands January 13 and orchestras November 18. During the weekend of February 8-10, students receiving All-West honors will attend a clinic at the Memphis Convention Center and perform in a concert at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.
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  • Sports: Jan. 22-27

    See you at the following January 22-27 sports events (weather permitting!) for basketball, bowling, swimming, and wrestling:
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  • Bowling Team Headed to State

    The bowling team defeated Harding Academy, 24-3, at Billy Hardwick’s All-Star Lanes on January 4 to finish region runner-up and clinch its first appearance in the TSSAA tournament since 2017.
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  • Weather Closing Notifications

    If weather conditions require us to close school or change school hours, we will notify you via email, phone message, and/or text (per the contact instructions you have already provided). In addition, we will post it on our website, in social media, and through local news stations.
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  • Wu named Regeneron Scholar

    Evan Wu ’24 is one of 300 scholars named in the 83rd Regeneron Science Talent Search, a prestigious national science and mathematics competition for high school seniors. He is the only scholar from Tennessee.
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  • Sports Events: Jan. 15-19

    Temps are cold but the action is hot in basketball, bowling, swimming, and wrestling events for January 15-19.
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  • Felsenthal Rogers Leadership Speaker

    Mr. Edward Felsenthal ’84, executive chairman of TIME and senior advisor, Office of the CEO, at Salesforce, spoke in Hyde Chapel as the 2024 Rogers Leadership Forum guest.
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Communications Team:

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Elizabeth Copeland

    Liz Copeland 

    Communications Dir.
    (901) 260-1357
    University of Memphis - BPS
    2012
  • Photo of Rebecca Greer

    Rebecca Greer 

    Communications Asst. Dir./Webmaster
    (901) 260-1348
    Union University - BA
    2010
  • Photo of Jonah Jordan

    Jonah Jordan 

    Communications Specialist
    (901) 260-1416
    University of Memphis - BA
    2022
  • Photo of Kaitlan Koehler

    Kaitlan Koehler 

    Graphic Designer
    (901) 260-1354
    Berry College - BA
    2021