Headmaster Pete Sanders announced the appointment of Mr. Loyal Murphy ’86 as the principal of Memphis University School’s Lower School at a faculty meeting November 7. Murphy has been serving as interim principal since July 1.
“After a review of Mr. Murphy’s work over the last four months and feedback from various sources close to the Lower School, it has become evident that he is the right person for the job,” Sanders said. “Creative in his approach to challenges, he has embraced the role with unwavering commitment to the students and with enthusiastic support of the school’s mission.”
In Murphy’s 28-year career at MUS, he has served as a math teacher in both Upper and Lower Schools, soccer coach, Lower School advisor, and assistant principal of the Upper School in charge of discipline.
“He knows MUS deeply, from the perspectives of student, alumnus, teacher, administrator, and parent,” Sanders said. “In his professional development of recent years, he has studied operations at other schools and focused on best practices in the classroom and in administration.”
Murphy earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Rice University, and he began teaching at MUS in 1990. He and his wife, Lisa, have been married 25 years, and their son, Patrick ’16, is a junior at Notre Dame University.
Murphy said he was “honored and humbled” to serve as the fifth Lower School principal.
“I have the pleasure of knowing all four gentlemen who preceded me and plan on using their best practices to continue providing the finest education a young man in Memphis can receive,” he said. “Fortunately for me, I work with a dedicated and talented faculty and staff whose experience is unmatched and whose passion for instruction seems inexhaustible.
“My favorite part of this new role is watching the Lower School faculty work with, encourage, cajole, help, counsel, prod, herd (it is the Lower School), and guide young men to give their best efforts in whatever they undertake. What our faculty does is incredibly important, and they take their mission seriously. It’s obvious to me they enjoy what they do, and they do it well. These dedicated professionals know how to guide families and assist in raising their boys.”