Virginia L. Murray Elementary School
Virginia L. Murray Elementary School is an Albemarle County public elementary school providing pre-K through 5th grade. The school is part of the western feeder pattern. Students from Murray will attend Henley Middle School and graduate from Western Albemarle High School. As of 2012, Murray had 256 students enrolled and employed 43 staff and faculty members.
Murray Elementary was established as a school for African-Americans in 1960 and was desegregated in 1965. The school was named for Virginia L. Murray (1897-1959), a Virginia native and the first African-American supervisor in Albemarle County. Murray was a passionate advocate for education and consistently sought to improve the quality of the public education system. The school was closed for construction in 1988 and students were moved to Meriwether Lewis Elementary School for two years before returning to a renovated Murray in 1990.
In 2012, Murray was granted a three-year waiver from annual accreditation. The waiver was issued by the Virginia Department of Education to Murray for achieving a minimum 95% pass rate of all four Standards of Learning subject areas for two consecutive years.
The current principal of Murray Elementary is Mark Green.
The following is a list of people who have served as principal.
|2009 - present||Mark Green|
|2003 - 2009||Andrew Grider|
|2000 - 2003||David Rogers |
|1991 - 2000||Timothy Frazier|
|1987 - 1988||Sylvia Henderson|
|1968 - 1988||Elizabeth Bailey|
|1966 - 1968||Ora Starnes|
|1960 - 1966||Otis Lee|
Virginia L. Murray is located at 3251 Morgantown Road.
- Web. About Murray, Albemarle County Public Schools, retrieved May 31, 2012.
- Web. Governor McDonnell & Board of Education Honor High-Performing Virginia Schools & School Divisions, Virginia Department of Education, January 5, 2012, retrieved May 31, 2012.
- Web. Two area schools granted accreditation waivers, Daily Progress, June 19, 2012, retrieved June 19, 2012.
- Web. After 43 Years in Education, Dave Rogers to Retire as Sutherland Middle School Principal, Phil Giarmita, Press Release, Albemarle County Schools, June 13, 2014, retrieved February 24, 2018.