About Us

From the desk of Mr. Todd...At Carruthers Elementary School, we are community of learners who are dedicated to enriching the lives of the children we work with by providing quality educational experiences. We recognize that together with parents and the community we form a partnership that is working towards shaping the future citizens and leaders of our community and country. Furthermore, we have high expectations for students and ourselves as we work to challenge each individual student to reach their fullest potential.

Preferred Dismissal Route

Carruthers Preferred Traffic Route:

In the past, congestion due to cars backing up on 14th Street during dismissal have resulted in unsafe situations, frustration, and traffic accidents. All inbound and outgoing traffic during dismissal will enter and exit via Candy Lane.

Parent pickup traffic should use the preferred traffic route via Candy Lane. Parents are welcome to use the 16th Street route or enter and exit via Fair Drive from 14th Street. This will increase the capacity of vehicles we can safely handle during the dismissal process.

Thank you for being flexible and helping us improve and refine our processes. Please see the map below for clarification.

Parents may continue to enter via Carruthers Drive during arrival in the morning as we are not experiencing any issues with congestion during drop of times.

Follow link for more information: Preferred Dismissal Route

Carruthers' History

4 months ago


Lets take a moment to remember and celebrate the memory of William H. Carruthers: December 1, 1906 - April 20, 1958.

William H. "Bill" Carruthers was superintendent of Unit District #186 at the time of his death. An acknowledged expert on school legislation and finance, he spent his entire teaching career in the Murphysboro school system. He graduated from Gorham Community High School in 1924. He then received a bachelor of education degree at Southern Illinois University in 1929 and a master of arts degree from the University of Illinois in 1939.

Mr. Carruthers joined the Murphysboro school system in 1930 as principal of Lincoln Grade School. He transferred to Logan Junior High School in 1931 and served there until 1950 when he was appointed city school superintendent. He worked tirelessly for the erection of the new junior high school which was named Carruthers Junior High in his honor.

He held almost every major office in the field of education in Illinois including serving as president of the Illinois Education Association in 1955-56.

He was a member of the First Christian Church and a teacher of a Sunday school class of high-school age students. He was an active member of the Murphysboro Lions Club.





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