Cvillepedia:Featured article/August 2012

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This month's featured article: Virginia L. Murray Elementary

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 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.[citation needed]

  1. 1.0 1.1 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.