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About This School

Martin Murphy Middle School is a public middle school in San Jose. The principal of Martin Murphy Middle School is Barbara Nakasone and can be contacted at barbara.nakasone@mhu.k12.ca.us. 601 students attend Martin Murphy Middle School and identify mostly as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 14% of the Martin Murphy Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 30% of the 601 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Martin Murphy Middle School is 23:1. Bernal Intermediate School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cross country
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 50% 40%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 30% 38%
Filipino 2% 2%
Unspecified 13% 11%
Asian 13% 7%
Multiracial 1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 9301%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0.7% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30% 29%
Limited English proficiency 14% 21%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I go to this school and its great! Im in 8th grade and we have a new principle that's doing a lot of good things to our school! Going to get better every year now!

  • (4 years ago)

    i went to murphy. dont go to this school. worst school ever. more gangs/violence than anything. fights drugs and other threats. i was her half the school year then transferred because of lack of academic standards. i was at a 1.7 and now at an 4.0 GPA

  • (4 years ago)

    I will be leaving Murphy after this school year and I hate the fact that I am overly excited to. The teachers are very good no teachers come to mind when I think of how many aren't as good. The students here are quite extreme. Either extremely uninterested or overly interested. Only a small percentage of the student body is actually interested. The principal though really needs to realize that she is the principal at a middle school. Kids won't listen. Kids rebel. And she doesn't understand the fact that she can't be unflexible. Middle school is all about being open minded and flexible with the student body. The principal just is not willing to bend her ideas so that both sides are somewhat happy. I believe adults that work with middle school kids have to be understanding. Which the teachers grasp that fact. But some people don't.

  • (4 years ago)

    It's a shame that a disgruntled few get such a high profile place to offer their biased vent. I've found that the teachers and administration at Murphy bend over backwards for their kids. I've also found them to be very fair with the tough love needed to raise young teens and I appreciate their help. I too have run into the problem of them not delivering messages but once they pointed out the policy in the student rules and they explained the math of running personal messages to 700 kids it made sense. My reason was urgent to me but not really an emergency.

  • (4 years ago)

    The administration is so horrible at this school. We have left messages at the school that have went unanswered. The office staff seems very reluctant to help relay messages to students. I've experienced this first-hand and have also met other parents with the same experience. We do like the resource teachers here and some of the teachers have been really good. We love the teacherease.com that most of the teachers seem to be using so that parents have a clear idea of the day-today progress of their child.

  • (4 years ago)

    I called in to get a message to my son because I unexpectedly had to leave home (Morgan Hill) and go in to San Jose so I wouldn't be home and needed him to not get on the bus - so I could pick him up - I was informed that they do not take messages. Safety of children is not priority. I have left a message for the principal - no return call. Basically from my experience the office does not return phone calls. Teachers Some good and some not so great. Last year my son was getting A's in Science and this year 1st trimester an 'F' so far!!?? He says he doesn't understand the teacher. Zero communication from the school on this also.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a parent at Martin Murphy. There are some terrific teachers there who make a difference. As for their communication and administration I have had several disappointing experiences. In addition to this their phone system has no personal touches and is annoying to navigate.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm a student of Martin Murphy Middle School and i just graduated from my 8th grade and I think that this school is good in a great many aspects but even lacks in various ways too. But on the whole it's a good school to me it means a lot because this school actually gave me so much. Thanks Murphy!!!!!!!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    i am an 8th grader at martin murphy and i am currently going tro graduate this school.Martin Murphy is i guess an ok school.Our lunch are ok but can be healthier and also our teachers are ok but need to actually wanna make school fun.Some kids hate school or drop out because of our school suspending people for stupid stuff but in the long run were does that leave them? well that is why i rate Martin Murohy Middle School a 2 star school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I see a decline in overall school and class organization with the change of top leadership. I see more gang activity and a lack of overall sense of academic accomplishment motivation. I wish there was a way to get the economic-disadvanted overall accomplishment study parental support increased....

  • (6 years ago)

    There are some teachers with good classroom management and very good and clear curriculum and lesson plans (mostly the veteran teachers) and others with terrible classroom management (mostly the newer teachers). Afterschool sports and activities vary in their quality depending on which teacher has stepped up to be the leader. I do feel that my child is safe at school and with help and support from her family will do well and succeed here.

  • (6 years ago)

    The teachers would not respond to emails or phone calls and neither did the Principal and Vice-Principal. We ultimately had to talk to the Director of Education he was very helpful. But even with his intervention we never got anything from the staff of Martin Murphy. I would not give the staff a passing grade in communication and helpfulness.

  • (6 years ago)

    I went to this school for half of my 7th grade year (Im in 8th grade now) because I moved to another state. When I went to Martin Murphy Middle School to me the school was ok... they do not have lockers so it can be tough to carry around all your books at times and there is trash everywhere. Teachers there are a hit or miss. Also another thing that is kinda bad is the lunch line... there is 3 lines but almost everyone gets school lunch so the waiting line is huge! Also they mainly have pizza and soup and burritos and to me even as a teen would of liked to have a healthier choices for food.

  • (8 years ago)

    Music program is ok not exceptional. Sports programs are available.

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