On Christmas Day at 4:59 P.M. Murphy High School incurred devastation by a tornado. Many of the buildings have been heavily damaged including roof destruction to the auditorium, biology hall, band room, main building, and athletic field house. Ninety-five percent of the covered walkways around campus have been destroyed and crews are working to salvage the original beams. Most of the oak trees along Carlen Street were damaged or destroyed. The Carlen House appears to have survived. Many volunteers were on campus the next day to assist with the clean-up but funds will be required to repair the buildings and landscape and restore the oak trees that were donated by Dr. Bernard Eichold.
The Murphy Alumni Association, Inc. is appealing to those who hold Murphy High School dear to their heart and to businesses for contributions to this tornado restoration effort. Your donation will help maximize your tax deduction. Please contact and/or remit a check to the treasurer Theodore Kearley, P.O. Box 66158, Mobile, AL 36660. Make check payable to Murphy Alumni Association, Inc. and specify "Tornado Restoration." Your contribution is greatly appreciated by the Murphy Alumni Association, Inc.