by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Family Values

With a growing family, the decision for Chris and Thuy Murphy to move to Rancho Peñasquitos in 2005 was an easy one. “We originally moved to PQ as a way into the Poway Unified School District,” Thuy explained. But the Murphy family quickly discovered that the benefits of life in 92129 extend far beyond the school district. “We love the small town feel that PQ provides while still being close to big city opportunities,” Thuy acknowledged. That small town feel is nurtured by the people of the community and strong family values.


The four Murphy children span from ages four to 14. The oldest, Ryan, is a freshman at Westview High School. “As our son embarks on his high school journey, we are certain that Westview will provide a solid foundation for whatever his future may hold,” Thuy said. The Murphys’ confidence in the school system is born of their experiences at the Adobe Bluffs and Black Mountain schools where, Thuy said, “We’ve been blessed with wonderful teachers and administrators.” Daughter Mia is a seventh grader in the Academy at Black Mountain Middle School and Ava and Zoe attend Adobe Bluffs Elementary School.family_murphy_03

Parents: Chris and Thuy Murphy
Children: Ryan (14), Mia (11), Ava (8), Zoe (4)
Community: PQ by Adobe Bluffs
Hometowns: Chris – Pleasant Hill; Thuy – San Diego
Occupations: Chris – Engineer at General Atomics, Thuy – Stay-at-home mom
Favorite Local Places: Rita’s Italian Ice, Sab-e-lee, Smashburger, PizzaRev, Starbucks

family_murphy_02All the children are active in extracurricular activities ranging from Ryan’s competitive soccer at SDSC to Mia’s participation in competitive cheer with Cheerforce and Ava’s second year as a Brownie with Girl Scout Troop 3134. While the Murphy children are busy in the community, their dad, Chris, is a mechanical engineer for General Atomics. Currently Thuy, a surgeon, is taking time off from her career to be a stay at home. The couple are both alumni of UCSD.

Two years ago, Chris and daughter Mia had the opportunity to complete the Ride Across California, a seven day, 267-mile bike ride organized by the Rancho Family YMCA. “Our family has enjoyed the adventure so much that it has become a family tradition, which has grown to include grandparents,” Thuy said. Other family traditions include beach days and visiting local attractions.

Between the excellent schools, strong community, extracurricular activities, and family adventures, the Murphy family has found access to it all from their small town home in Rancho Peñasquitos.