Memphis University School

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Basic Information

Address: 6191 Park Avenue Memphis, TN 38119
County: Shelby
Phone Number: 901.260.1300
Fax Number: 901.260.1301
President: Headmaster: Ellis Haguewood
Principal: Upper School: Barry Ray; Lower School: S. Clay Smythe
School Type: college-prep, all-boys

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Additional Information

Accreditation: SACS
Founded: 1893
Organization Affiliation: National Association of Independent Schools, International Boys School Coalition, Tennessee Association of Independent Schools
Ages/Grades: 7-12
School Setting:

93 acres in the geographic center of Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee's east financial district

School Schedule: 8:15 am-3:15 pm M-F, After School Academic Program, 3:40-5:30 pm
School days in Calendar Year: 175
School Holidays: standard

non-denominational, non-sectarian of Christian tradition

School Size: 650
Classroom Size: 16
Student/Teacher Ratio: 1:13


Financial Aid:

Need-based financial aid for qualified applicants, 30% of enrollment


English, Fine Arts, Foreign Language, History, Leadership, Library, Mathematics, Physical Education, Religion, Science, Technology


Liberal Arts college-prep

Percentage of Graduating Class: 100%
Support Services:

Wilson Counseling and Leadership Department

Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

wireless campus, multiple Mac and PC labs throughout campus

School Championships:

Annually compete for regional and state titles in 14 varsity sports; Annual Memphis Best-of-the-Preps all-male category winner

School Clubs:

eclectic, multiple, numerous, and varied

Notable Graduates/Alumni:

Richard Halliburton 1915, Author, adventurer
J. R. Hyde III '61, Founder of Autozone
Frederick W. Smith '62, Founder, CEO of FedEx
John Fry '62, Founder of Ardent Studios
Allen B. Morgan '60, Founder of Morgan Keegan
Paul Tudor Jones '72, Tudor Investment Corporation
Robert Gordon '79, author 'It Came from Memphis,' and filmmaker, 'Best of Enemies'
Tom Hutton '91, Former NFL punter, primarily with the Philadelphia Eagles
Admiral Charles H. Johnston '66, United States Navy
Michael Beck (born 1949), Actor
Chris Bell '69, Musician, member of Big Star
Andy Hummel '69, Musician, member of Big Star
Hampton Sides '80, Author, Ghost Soldiers
Griff Jenkins '89, radio producer and Fox News television personality
David O. Sacks '90, Founder and CEO of Web 2.0 company Geni, Inc.; former COO of PayPal; movie producer: ex. 'Thank You for Smoking'
Beau Davidson '99, Recording Artist
Hank Sullivant '01, Musician, frontman for Kuroma, past bassist for The Whigs, touring guitarist for MGMT

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Uniform Guidelines:

smart-casual, no jeans, no sneakers, coat-and-tie Fridays

Admissions Deadline: December 10
Mission Statement:

Memphis University School is a college-preparatory school dedicated to academic excellence, cultivation of service and leadership, and the development of well-rounded young men of strong moral character, consistent with the school’s Christian tradition.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Memphis University School is committed to high standards of honor and integrity, academic performance, service, leadership, and athletics, and to the transmission of Judeo-Christian values.

An MUS education is characterized by a rigorous curriculum, a lively exchange of ideas, supportive teaching, and adherence to an honor code. Its objective is to instruct students in the skills and subject matter of the humanities and sciences, to engender successful habits and techniques of learning, and to instill the foremost principles of personal responsibility, morality, and gentlemanly conduct.

A dynamic extracurricular program devoted to excellence promotes leadership and service and encourages development of physical fitness and a rich variety of talents and interests. Non-denominational and non-sectarian, MUS seeks to foster a respectful appreciation of the spiritual nature of people and honors the sincere expression of widely differing faiths. MUS aspires to be a community of mutual respect and concern regardless of individual differences.