MPHS: A Tradition of Excellence

Morgan Park High School (MPHS) continues a tradition of excellence that has prevailed since 1916, when it first opened its doors to its current building. Centennial celebrations are being planned for the school year. Those interested in joining the MPHS Centennial Celebration Planning Team are urged to contact the committee through

Approximately 1450 students attend MPHS on the 25-acre campus at 1744 W. Pryor. Empehi is led by the administrative team of Dr. Carolyn Epps, principal, and assistant principals Gail Tennial and Rochelle Bryant.

MPHS is a neighborhood school with a wall-to-wall International Baccalaureate Program (IB). All 9th and 10th grade students take an IB Middle Years-designed curriculum with IB-trained teachers.

A new offering at MPHS is the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (CP), a framework of international education that incorporates the values of the IB into a unique program addressing the needs of students engaged in career-related education. MPHS is currently offering Game Design as its career-related study.

MPHS students benefit from partnerships with Saint Xavier University and Chicago State University to receive both high school and college credits. In partnership with the City Colleges of Chicago, the school offers dual credit classes in English, pre-calculus and French.

MPHS offers a rigorous curriculum that includes advanced placement (AP) classes in chemistry, English language, Spanish language, psychology, economics and studio arts.

MPHS welcomes students from the five area elementary feeder schools: Barnard, Clissold, Sutherland, Kellogg and Esmond. An increase in the number of Sutherland graduates enrolled at MPHS this fall. For students who attend an MYP feeder school, like Sutherland, it is a benefit to continue their academic journey at a wall-to-wall IB high school. Students are able to complete their studies in a culminating personal project, then matriculate into the IB Diploma Programme, taking university-level coursework and better positioning themselves for the college admissions and scholarship process.

Students who do not live in the attendance area can apply to the MPHS 7th and 8th grade Academic Center and the 9th-12th grade World Language and International Studies as well as the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP).

In its effort to promote global citizenship and service beyond high school, MPHS provides meaningful community service opportunities to students through collaborative partnerships with Calumet Is My Back Yard, DePaul University’s JumpStart program and Mikva Challenge.

Recent sports accolades include the Lady Mustangs track and field team’s IHSA Class 2A second place finish. Additional state title challenges include the boys varsity baseball team IHSA Class 3A fourth place finish; this was the squad’s first appearance in school history. Earlier, the boys varsity basketball team won the IHSA Class 3A third place finish after being state champs for the previous two years.

Morgan Park High School takes pride in its numerous athletic teams, including girls and boys tennis, boys and girls bowling, pom-pon squad and cheerleading, football, golf, water polo, volleyball, softball and many others. The school also offers engaging extracurricular activities, including theater, Academic Decathlon, band, chorus, debate, newspaper, civics club, Student Council, and others.

To find out more about Beverly/Morgan Park’s neighborhood high school, visit or call 773-535-2550.


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