Office of the Superintendent
The Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees announced Dr. Freddrick Murray has been appointed interim superintendent of Jackson Public Schools, starting November 17, 2016. A veteran educator of more than 20 years with an extensive leadership background, Dr. Murray most recently served as Chief Academic Officer of High Schools.
Prior to joining the central office leadership team in JPS, Dr. Murray served as a building principal at every level – elementary, middle, and high. With each appointment he was able to increase performance at each school. Under his leadership, Murrah High School achieved a placement among the top 500 schools nationwide on U.S. News and World Reports List of Top High Schools in America. The school was recognized nationally for academics two of the five years that Dr. Murray was principal.
Dr. Murray has completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Jackson State University. He also has completed Harvard University's Principals Institute and National Institute for Urban Leaders.
Highlights of his accomplishments as Chief Academic Officer of High Schools include:
- Developing the Academies of Jackson initiative in partnership with Alignment Jackson which led to the formation of small learning communities within high schools to better serve students' specific needs.
- Leading the implementation of the 1:1 technology initiative in which over 2,200 ninth grade students received MacBook Air laptop computers.
- Cultivating major partnerships with The University of Mississippi Medical Center and Hope Credit Union to advance college and career ready programs in JPS high schools.
"I look forward to working with you and our community to ensure that our scholars receive the highest quality education possible," said Dr. Murray "I strongly believe that we have a unique opportunity to unite as a community on behalf of what matters most: our students."