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Steve Hirase

Superintendent of Schools
Murray City School District
147 East, 5065 South, Murray UT 84107



University of Utah, Ed. D. – Education Administration, 2000

Brigham Young University, M. Ed. – Education Administration, 1983

Utah State University, B.S. – Special Education/Elementary Education, 1979



2011 – Present                  Superintendent and Chief Operating Officer of Schools
1998 – 2011                       Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction
1991 – 1998                       Director of At Risk Programs
1987 – 1991                       Principal, Grant Elementary School
                                             All Murray City School District, Murray, UT assignments


1985 – 1987                       Utah State Prison Principal – Education Coordinator
                                             South Park Academy, Draper, Utah


1983 – 1985                         Teacher Specialist

1979 – 1983                         Teacher, Intellectually Handicapped    
                                                Jordan Valley School, Midvale, Utah




2015 – Present                  State Council Member, AdvancED

2013 – Present                  Utah PTA, Executive Board Member

2011 – Present                  Intermountain Medical Center Community Advisory Board, Chair

2011 – Present                  Educators Mutual Insurance Association, Board of Directors

2011 – Present                  Utah Deaf Agenda Committee, Member

2010 – 2011                       SIS Users Group, Chair Elect

2002 – 2013                       Visiting Team Chair, Utah State Office of Education School Accreditation

1990 – Present                  Hearing Officer, Utah State Office of Education

2003 – 2008                       Utah Assessment Policy Advisory Committee, Member

2005 – 2007                       UTIPS Users Group, Chair Elect/Chair

1998 – 2002                       Utah Special Education Consortium, Leadership Team

1997 – 2000                       Utah Title I Directors and Coordinators Association, Leadership Team

1993 – 2000                       Advisory Council Member, Allies with Families of Children with Disabilities


American Association of School Administrators
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Council for Exceptional Children
National Staff Development Council

Phi Delta Kappa
Utah School Boards Association

Utah School Superintendents Association

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION PARTICIPATION:  Murray Chamber of Commerce; Murray Rotary              


Dr. Steven Hirase began his duties as superintendent of the Murray City School District  on July 1, 2011.  He has been an educator for 36 years, 28 of which have been spent in the Murray City School District. Dr. Hirase was hired in 1987 as principal of Grant Elementary School and after 4 years was appointed Director of Special Education, a position he held for seven years. Upon the appointment of Richard R. Tranter to the position of district superintendent, Dr. Hirase was named Assistant Superintendent over Curriculum and Instruction where he remained for 13 years until being named superintendent. Previous to his employment in Murray City School District, he worked eight years in the Jordan School District as a teacher of the intellectually disabled and the principal at South Park Academy (Utah State Prison).  Dr. Hirase is married to educator Sue Hirase and they are the parents of four children.

Last Updated: 10/9/20