What’s Up Doc?

What’s Up Doc?

By Anouk. L

Have you noticed the man standing in front of Duxbury High School doors in the extreme cold weather with an elf hat?

This is Dr. Murphy. Dr. Murphy is a part of the Special Education Department at Duxbury High School.

For the past two years, Dr. Murphy agreed to follow the duty of standing outside and greeting students and teachers in the morning. He gets to leave school a little early but he also said to enjoy this assignment.

Surprisingly, he doesn’t mind standing in the harsh weather.

“I never felt healthier,” said Dr. Murphy. “Breathing in the fresh air every morning is healing.”

Jadé P.,  a senior at DHS, finds his presence outside to be extremely welcoming.  

“I think it’s nice,” said Jadé, “him being outside every morning saying hi to everybody is a good way to start the day. He even did it during the winter when it was really cold so you know he means it. I think it’s really kind.”

Dr. Murphy was inspired by Jack Kennedy who did this duty before him.

“He did it for many, many years and he was exceptionally good at it. He would wear a Santa costume. He is my mentor and my muse.”

“I think it’s a really nice way to start the day. It gives our school a friendly look,” said junior Paige G.

Dr. Murphy finds it fulfilling to start each day this way. Students have found the feeling mutual.

“I think it’s a really nice way to start the day. It gives our school a friendly look,” said junior Paige G.

“A long time ago I decided that every morning I will get up on my own terms and live my morning the way I wanted to,” said Dr. Murphy, “and not be a lemming.”

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