About Us

Lisa Smithson

Lisa Smithson Principal lisa_smithson@hcpss.org
As an educator in the Howard County Public School System for over 20 years, I am excited to enter into my fourth year as the Principal of Murray Hill Middle School. I am a product of Howard County Public Schools as I attended Talbott Springs Elementary, Clarksville Middle School, Harper’s Choice Middle School, and I am a proud graduate of Wilde Lake High School. I attended Howard University, in Washington, D.C., where I earned a B.A. in English and my Masters of Education. I am committed to providing an engaging academic environment for all students and building a school community in which the well-being of each and every one of our students is consistently the priority. I will continue to collaborate with the MHMS staff to provide our students with challenging and rigorous academics, as well as meaningful experiences to enrich their growth and development. I look forward to all of the staff and students at MHMS stretching themselves to achieve their ultimate potential. Please note, that I can be contacted at lisa_smithson@hcpss.org.

Jennifer Blasko

Jennifer Blasko Assistant Principal jennifer_blasko@hcpss.org
I am thrilled to serve in the role of Assistant Principal at Murray Hill Middle School! I have served the HCPSS community in various capacities for over 14 years. My passion is helping students learn how to become the best version of themselves. I am trained in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Cultural Proficiency, Restorative Practices, Trauma-informed Teaching, and behavior de-escalation. I believe that ALL children are capable of great things, and it is my job to support them in their journey. I am excited to serve the MHMS community again this year.

Derek Toth

Derek Toth Assistant Principal derek_toth@hcpss.org

School Overview

HCPSS Learning and Leading with Equity



We value student-centered learning to support academic growth and social-emotional well-being in an environment that respects the diversity of our students.


We value engaging all students, families, and staff in a caring environment that promotes success and belonging.


We value an environment where all students and staff feel supported, challenged and valued.


We value the unique and diverse backgrounds as strengths of our students and motivate them to celebrate their inherent worth with passion and purpose.

MHMS: Believe. Belong. Become.



School Profile: Murray Hill Middle School
Fast facts about Murray Hill MS listing special programs, total enrollment, accomplishments and more.

MSDE School Report Card
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) School Report Card reflects overall school performance using a combination of academic and school quality indicators.

Community Superintendent

With a focus on instruction as a birth-through-graduation continuum, Community Superintendents better position the school system to support students throughout their entire journey with HCPSS. View community superintendents by regional area.

Acting Community Superintendent Area 2: Jonathan Davis

Board of Education Representative

Howard County public schools are divided into school clusters, which are assigned to individual Board members to facilitate school visitations, attend special events, and provide a point of contact for each school community. View all BOE school cluster assignments.

MHMS BOE Representative: Jacky McCoy