Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy High School is a Catholic, college preparatory school that welcomes students of all faiths. True to the spirit of the gospel, Archbishop Murphy nurtures the full development of the gifts that God has given to each student, fosters service as an outgrowth of faith, and values diversity. Working with parents as partners in the educational ministry, we strive for academic excellence, spiritual enrichment, and Christlike leadership for the transformation of the world.


To this day, they are still fondly referred to as our "kitchen table families." One spring evening in 1981, a couple of families gathered around a kitchen table to discuss the possibility of a Catholic high school in Snohomish County. The reality that it might be too late for their own children to attend this school didn't deter them. Soon, dozens of local families partnered with them, and the Northsound Association for Catholic Education was formed, and board members were selected.


While money was being raised to build a permanent school on the current south Everett property, Holy Cross High School opened its doors in September at the former Our Lady of Perpetual Help grade school. The class included 15 freshmen and eight sophomores that first year.


Holy Cross was renamed to honor the late Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy, who was instrumental in ensuring the school's success. In October of this year, 254 students and 20 faculty moved to the new campus which included one building, Old Main, and some portables.


A second building, Grace Hall, was built this year. The football/soccer field was installed with bleacher seating and a press box, and a five-acre athletic complex was developed.


Heath Hall, the third major building, was built this year. At more than 40,000 square feet, it includes classrooms, state-of-the-art science labs, offices, a student life and counseling center and performing arts space.


We are a 2A school offering 500+ students challenging and exciting opportunities in academics, athletics, performing arts, Mock Trial, Robotics, and so much more. In April 2013, we celebrated the 25th anniversary, renaming Old Main to Holy Cross Hall in honor of the school's origins. In Fall 2017, we opened the doors to the St Thomas Chapel. The first free standing chapel on the campus complete with a central bell tower.


About: The Founder’s Award was instituted in 2008 to express gratitude to those individuals who were instrumental in the founding of Archbishop Murphy High School. The success of our school today is due to their vision, contribution of time and financial resources, plus their undaunted belief in the value of a Catholic high school in Snohomish County.

Past Recipients
2009: James W. Bride
2010: Mark and Brenda Simons & Jim and Jo Ann Mulligan
2011: Don and Millie DeMers
2012: Celebrated our 25th Anniversary

2013: Jim Leonard
2015: Roman Miller
2016: Jack and Shirley Serwold
2017: Shawn and Kathie Hoban & Tom and Margaret Hoban
2018: Lon and Joan Carlson