Virginia L. Murray Elementary School

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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. [1]

At the beginning of the 2019 school year, Murrary reported an enrollment of 256 students enrolled in pre-K through 5th grade. [2]

The mascot is the Mustang. [1]


The school's name was reviewed as part of a comprehensive look at all Albemarle educational facilities. [3]

A committee's final recommendation released on March 26, 2021 is to keep the existing name. [4] On April 1, 2021, the School Board opted to keep the existing name. [5]


Murray Elementary opened as a school for Black elemetary students in 1960 [6] and was desegregated in 1965. There were 234 students enrolled in the first year. [7]

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.[citation needed]


The school won the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence in 2009, 2010, 2011,[1] and 2012.[8]

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.[9]

Description from 2019 State of the Division Annual Report

"Murray Elementary School, a PK-5 elementary school, works daily to develop high levels of both the cognitive growth and social-emotional well-being of the students in our learning community. We are committed to connecting deeply with each child and collectively owning student growth from grade to grade through regular vertical teacher sharing. Murray also is committed to developing a growth mindset in children and developing intrinsic motivation in each child." [10]


The current principal of Murray Elementary is C'ta DeLaurier[11]

The following is a list of people who have served as principal.[1]

Term Principal
2021 - present C'ta DeLaurier
2019 - 2021 Alison Dwier-Selden
2009 - 2019 Mark Green
2003 - 2009 Andrew Grider
2000 - 2003 David Rogers [12]
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.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Web. Murray Elementary School Fact Sheet, retrieved November 18, 2019.
  2. Web. Murray Lewis Elementary School, School Quality Profile, Virginia Department of Education, retrieved November 18, 2019.
  3. Web. Community survey released for Murray Elementary name review, Staff Reports, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, January 3, 2021, retrieved February 6, 2021.
  4. Web. Committee recommends keeping current name for Murray Elementary School, NBC29 Newsroom, News Article, WVIR NBC29, March 26, 2021, retrieved March 27, 2021.
  5. Web. Sutherland naming advisory committee appointed, Katherine Knott, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, February 26, 2020, retrieved March 1, 2020. Print. February 26, 2020 page A3.
  6. Web. Albemarle Schools Attended by 5,940, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, September 20, 1960, retrieved September 19, 2022. Print. September 20, 1960 page 11.
  7. Web. Albemarle Schools Attended by 5,940, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, September 20, 1960, retrieved September 19, 2022. Print. September 20, 1960 page 11.
  8. Web. Governor McDonnell & Board of Education Honor High-Performing Virginia Schools & School Divisions, Virginia Department of Education, January 5, 2012, retrieved May 31, 2012.
  9. Web. Two area schools granted accreditation waivers, Daily Progress, June 19, 2012, retrieved June 19, 2012.
  10. Web. State of the Division: A Work In Progress, Office of Strategic Communications, Annual Report, Albemarle County Public Schools, retrieved November 17, 2019.
  11. Web. Albemarle County names three new principals, Staff Reports, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, May 28, 2021, retrieved June 4, 2021.
  12. 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.

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