Hope Ford Murphy

Director, LCRG
Hope is an alumna of Laurel School (Class of 1973) and is deeply committed to the School’s mission. After graduating from Laurel, she majored in history at Yale University (1977), where she developed a love of research in social history. Hope earned an MAT at Brown University in history in 1979, and began teaching high school girls at Buffalo Seminary.

Settling in Cleveland, Hope worked in banking before returning to teaching. She taught English and social studies at University School, took time off for her family, and resumed teaching at Laurel. Her long Laurel career includes the following positions: Primary School assistant, part-time history teacher in the Upper School, and full-time faculty member in the Middle School.

While at Laurel, Hope received the Hostetler teaching award and several summer grants for curriculum development. Administrative roles from Middle School Dean to Director of the Primary and Middle Schools and Director of Studies allowed her to focus on programming that meets the needs of girls. Having grown up exploring the woods, she has a special love of projects that immerse children in the natural world.
First introduced to history through family travel, she is the author of Educating the Independent Mind, a history of Laurel School from 1896-1996. Hope continues to share stories of the School’s commitment to research and its history with current students, faculty and alumnae.

Hope has served on the boards of the Abington Foundation and the Great Lakes Basin Conservancy, supporting projects in education and protecting the Great Lakes.

Contact Hope at hMurphy@LaurelSchool.org or phone 216-455-3011