About Us

“Healy-Murphy Center is the perfect new beginning.”

-Samantha, age 17

Healy-Murphy Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organiclaire and babyzation that has been impacting youth in San Antonio for over 120 years. Teens who have had difficulty succeeding in a traditional school environment can find the one-on-one attention, individualized curriculum, counseling, childcare, and health services they need to succeed in school and in life.

Healy-Murphy Center offers:

  • High school and GED programs
  • Daycare for infants and toddlers ages 6 weeks to 5 years
  • Health services for Healy-Murphy clients including Well Baby/Well Mommy check-ups.
Our Mission

The mission of Healy-Murphy Center is to provide compassionate service to youth-in-crisis by focusing on individualized education in a non-traditional setting, early childhood development and essential support services.

Our History

Healy-Murphy Center holds a unique place in the history of education not just in San Antonio but the entire state of Texas.  In 1888, Margaret Mary Healy Murphy, an Irish immigrant and widow, decided to use her own money to impact the lives of some of the state’s most underserved residents: African American children.  She used her personal funds to build St. Peter Claver Academy, the first privately funded school for African Americans in the state.  She also constructed a chapel on the campus which was the first Catholic parish for African Americans in the state.  Shortly after the school opened, Mrs. Murphy and her teachers were threatened by bigotry from members of the community including the Ku Klux Klan who objected to the school’s mission.  In response, she founded the Sisters of the Holy Ghost (now known as the Sisters of the Holy Spirit and Mary Immaculate) to run the school in 1893.  This was another historic first as the first Catholic community of religious women founded in Texas.

spc 1896The Sisters of the Holy Spirit ran St. Peter Claver until 1970 when the mission was expanded to serve the needs of a new generation of underserved children: youth in crisis.  Like Mother Margaret Mary Healy Murphy nearly a century early, Sr. Mary Boniface pioneered the right for all children to receive a free high quality education by creating Healy-Murphy Center, a non-profit learning center that provided the social and emotional support troubled teens needed to succeed in school and in life.  Healy-Murphy Center’s holistic, individualized approach to education earned it the distinction of being the first accredited alternative education program in the state.

Leadership Team

Healy-Murphy Center Executive Staff

Douglas J. Watson

Executive Director

dwatson@healymurphy.org

 

Janie Whiteley

High School/GED Program Director

jwhiteley@healymurphy.org

 

Shirley White

Child Development Center Director

swhite@healymurphy.org

Healy-Murphy Center Board of Directors

Sister Geraldine Klein, SHSp,  Board President

Hon. Luz Elena Chapa, Board Vice President

Mark Swensen, Board Treasurer

Serena Hanor Aldrich

Alexander Baez

Michael Black

Phillip Mark Carter

Brent Davis

Katherine Elaine De Los Santos

Patricia Garcia

Francisco Gónima

Sr. Mildred Gordon, SHSp

Tony Gradney

Donn Greiner

Chief Justice (Ret.) Alma L. López

 

 

Corporate and Foundation Support

Argonaut Group

Baptist Health Foundation

Capital One Bank

Charity Ball Association

Cowden Foundation

Dimmit Garrison Foundation

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Gorman Foundation

Greehey Family Foundation

Herbalife Family Foundation

John G. and Marie Stella Kenedy Foundation

Koehler Foundation

Lowe Foundation

McClure Charitable Foundation

Methodist Healthcare Ministries

Harvey E. Najim Family Foundation

Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation

Raskob Foundation

Saint Susie Charitable Foundation

Shield-Ayres Foundation

Sisters of the Holy Spirit and Mary Immaculate

St. Luke’s Lutheran Health Ministries

Valero Energy Foundation

 

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