Welcome to Murphree
Our namesake, Charles Q. Murphree, is a legendary educator and administrator for El Paso ISD who dedicated more than 30 years to the children of this community - most notably as the longtime principal of Coronado High School. Know for advocating for teachers to have appropriate materials to create positive learning environments.
Born on July 23, 1931, Murphree earned graduate and undergraduate degrees in education from Texas Western College (now UTEP). He began his career as a teacher at Hawkins Elementary School in 1957 and then moved to serve as principal at Putnam Elementary in 1964 and Zach White Elementary in 1968. By the time Murphree began his 14-year tenure as principal at Coronado, he was already considered a leader on issues ranging from education and neighborhood rights.
After leaving Coronado High School, he took a break from education, working as a public relations liaison for the Pasotex Company before returning to the school system as a substitute assistant principal. In the early 2000s, Murphree was given an Honorary Life Member Award from the Texas PTA for his dedication to the organization.
Charles Murphree continues attending district events and maintaining relationships with students, teachers, and parents in the community, which holds him in high regard. Community members remember Murphree making school fun so that students enjoyed attending and teachers enjoyed working under his leadership.
Murphree PK-8 School
El Paso, TX 79912
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