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Reports that Archuleta isn’t going back to Murray High are true — sort of

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Reports that "American Idol" runner up David Archuleta hasn't re-enrolled at Murray High School are true. So far.

Archuleta hasn't enrolled for the 2008-09 school year — but neither has anyone else.

Assistant principal Debbie Sorensen and Murray School District spokeswoman D. Wright said the school has not been in contact with the Archuleta family.

"There really isn't any more to say about the issue," Sorensen told the Deseret News. "But, in truth, no students have registered yet because enrollment hasn't started. So I can say he hasn't, but neither have any others."

"We can't disclose too much," Wright told the Deseret News in a separate interview. "But it was understood, at least to us, that Mr. Archuleta did withdraw from Murray High School so he could participate in 'American Idol' this past season.

"We haven't talked with the family about his future enrollment plans since then."

The only real surprise would be if Archuleta did return to Murray High. Just after he finished second on "American Idol," the teen was already talking about taking advantage of his music opportunities — he has since signed a record deal — and said home-schooling was a definite possibility.

"I've probably home-schooled for half of my life, so it's not anything new to me," he said.

Sorensen also said that she is aware that Archuleta will be pursuing a music career. "But we don't know to what extent his career will interfere with his attendance at Murray High. But, unlike college, a student can enroll anytime during the school year."

Wright said even if Archuleta enrolled three days before graduation on May 15, 2009, he could still graduate.

"That is, of course, depends if his credits and grades allow him to."

Calls to the Archuleta family weren't returned on Friday.

E-mail: scott@desnews.com