John Joseph Murphy Memorial Higher Secondary School


John Joseph Murphy Memorial Higher Secondary School

Coordinates9°37′04″N 76°53′16″E / 9.6177°N 76.8878°E / 9.6177; 76.8878Coordinates: 9°37′04″N 76°53′16″E / 9.6177°N 76.8878°E / 9.6177; 76.8878

John Joseph Murphy Memorial Higher Secondary School is a secondary school located in Yendayar, Kerala, India. It is managed as part of the Kanjirappalli educational district, and has the centre code 32011.[1] The school was opened in 1982 by Mr. Michael A. Kallivayalil with the support of local people. The school was established in the name of Mr. J.J. Murphy (1872 - 1957), one of the most successful individual British planters in India.

The school is situated in Yendayar, near the eastern border of Kottayam District, 65 km from Kottayam, and around 11 km away from Mundakayam on the NH 220 (Kottayam-Kumily Road). All buses to Elamkadu pass through Yendayar. Mundakayam, Koottickal and Elamkadu are the nearest towns. The nearest Railway Station is Kottayam and the nearest airport is Nedumbassery.

According to local tradition, Murphy named the place that was to be his home till death in 1957, after his mother and the local river. Yendayar is a combination of ‘yen’ (my) ‘thai’ (mother) and ‘ar’ (river). Murphy had come 103 years ago to the place which was a thick forest and had no name or people then. He had traveled a long way to reach there. There he established India's first successful rubber plantation.

The Higher Secondary Section of the school was started in the year 1998.

The school has performed consistently well in athletics.[2] In April 2007, during the 51st Kerala School Games at the Nehru Stadium, student M.M. Anchu won the senior girls’ 100m hurdles.[3]


  1. ^ "Educational District: Kanjirappalli". Information & Public Relations Department, Govt. of Kerala. Archived from the original on 6 August 2007. Retrieved 28 June 2008.
  2. ^ "Action shifts to track and field". The Hindu. 3 December 2007. Archived from the original on 5 December 2007. Retrieved 26 June 2008.
  3. ^ "Three meet records set". The Hindu. 12 April 2007. Retrieved 28 June 2008.