Morgan Park High School
|Morgan Park High School|
|1744 W. Pryor Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, 60643
|School type||Public Secondary|
|School district||Chicago Public Schools|
|Principal||Carolyn Dolores Epps|
|Song||EMPEHI, EMPEHI, we are loyal|
|Athletics conference||Chicago Public League|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
Morgan Park High School is a public 4-year high school and academic center located in the Morgan Park neighborhood on the far-south side of Chicago, Illinois, United States at the intersection of 111th street and Vincennes Avenue (11100 South and 1700 West). Morgan Park opened its doors on its current site in 1916. It is a part of the Chicago Public Schools district 299.
The school began in 1916 with 283 students. By the 1970s, the student population had grown to over 3,300, though the enrollment has decreased since then. In 1934, over two thousand Morgan Park students went on strike, protesting overcrowded conditions  and the presence of African-American students in school classes, leaving only one hundred and forty students in class. Parents had met with the school superintendent demanding that classes be kept segregated. Eventually the strike was settled and the white students returned to the integrated school. Segregation became an issue again in 1945 when students at the school circulated a petition to have a separate building built for black students. Frank Sinatra visited the area to support integration during the strike and encourage the students return to the school.
In 1983, Morgan Park High School instituted a World Language and International Baccalaureate Studies Program that also allows students to enroll from outside the school's attendance area. The addition of a 7th and 8th grade Academic Center component allows advanced level students to begin earning high school credits and to study languages before 9th grade. Morgan Park High School offers both the IB Middle Years Programme and the IB Diploma Programme, and has been an International Baccalaureate Organization member school since 1999. Morgan Park was one of 11 schools nation-wide selected by the College Board for inclusion in the EXCELerator School Improvement Model program beginning the 2006-2007 school year. The project was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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