Designed by architect James M. Kennedy, the Murphey School is a three-story classically inspired brick building is the oldest standing public school building in Raleigh and one of the few remaining examples of this academic style. Murphey School played a significant role in the history of the civil rights movement when it became the site of the first public school integration in Raleigh on September 6, 1960. Today the home serves as apartments for senior citizens.

The Murphey School auditorium, a 1927 addition, is similarly classically-inspired, and is three bays wide with an elevated portico featuring four Tuscan columns. The auditorium is currently the home of Burning Coal Theater Company.

Photo by Michael Zirkle Photography
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443 North Person Street


James M. Kennedy

Local/National Designations
Raleigh Historic Landmark


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