The Murray Independent School System proudly proclaims "a tradition of excellence," extending back over a hundred years, when, in 1872, the first "Murray High School" was built in the center of town by a group of citizens concerned about the education of young people. That initial investment by the citizens of Murray, has been paying interest for over a hundred years as the school district has been recognized repeatedly for academic excellence and for its positive learning environment.
With only three schools, the Murray school system is a small one, a fact which contributes immeasurably to the education it is able to provide. It also benefits from its location in an education-minded community that has always been supportive of its schools. There are parent-teacher organizations in each school, plus booster clubs for band and athletics, and an active school-business partnership program. More than a thousand parents and community members contribute their time, energies, and talents as school volunteers every year.
- Ranked in 2015 as the 5th "Best School District" in the state of Kentucky according to Niche.com.
- Recipient of the national "What Parents Want" Award each year since 1996. Only sixteen percent of the nation's 15,571 public school districts have been recognized for meeting the needs of families choosing schools.
- 37 National Merit Finalists awarded since 1974.
- The Murray Independent School District continued its tradition of excellence scoring in the top, ranking third in the state in the 99th state percentile in the 2014 state assessment results.
- High school ACT scores continually rank in the top 10 in the state.
- Only one of 18 districts in the State recognized as an "Outperforming School District" by Standard & Poor's, the world's foremost provider of statistical analysis.
- Awarded "Super System for Quality Schools" by the Council on Accreditation & School Improvement of the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools.
- Recognized as a Kentucky District of Distinction in 2012, 2013, and 2014. The award which began in 2012 was given to the districts in the state of Kentucky who had an overall accountability score at the 95th percentile or higher.
- Selected as national 3rd-place finalist in ACT's 2013 College and Career Readiness Campaign.
- Each year more than 35,000 volunteer hours are contributed by community members to our schools.