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. As of 2012, Murray had 256 students enrolled and employed 43 staff and faculty members.[1]


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.[1]


The school won the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence in 2009, 2010, 2011,[1] and 2012.[2]

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.[3]


The current principal of Murray Elementary is Mark Green.

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

Term Principal
2009 - present Mark Green
2003 - 2009 Andrew Grider
2000 - 2003 David Rogers [4]
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. About Murray, Albemarle County Public Schools, retrieved May 31, 2012.
  2. Web. Governor McDonnell & Board of Education Honor High-Performing Virginia Schools & School Divisions, Virginia Department of Education, January 5, 2012, retrieved May 31, 2012.
  3. Web. Two area schools granted accreditation waivers, Daily Progress, June 19, 2012, retrieved June 19, 2012.
  4. 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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