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. Morgan Park opened in 1916 and is a part of the Chicago Public Schools district. Morgan Park sits at the intersection of 111th Street and Vincennes Avenue.
The school opened 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 to 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 nationwide 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.
Morgan Park competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). The school's sport teams are named Mustangs. The boys' baseball team were regional champions three times (2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16). the boys' basketball team were public league champions three times and Class AA (1973–74, 1975–76, 2000–01), Regional champions six consecutive years (2010–16). The team were Class AA in 1974–75; but didn't win the public league championship. The girls' basketball team were regional champions seven times (2002–03, 2009–16) and Class AA twice (1998–99, 2002–03).
- Lee Bernet – former offensive tackle who played professionally for the American Football League's Denver Broncos (1965–66)
- Wayne Blackshear – forward for the Louisville Cardinals
- James C. Bliss – inventor of the Optacon
- Da'Ron Brown – wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs
- Corbin Bryant – defensive end in the National Football League
- Michael Colyar (1975) – actor and comedian (House Party 3, Martin)
- Fred Evans, defensive tackle who played for the Minnesota Vikings
- Hugh Gallarneau – former NFL halfback who played from 1941–1942 and 1945–1947 for the Chicago Bears, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
- Frisman Jackson (1979) – former wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets
- Mae Jemison (1973) – physician and former NASA astronaut, and the first African-American woman in space
- Trezelle Jenkins – former offensive tackle who played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1995 through 1997
- Jeremih – recording artist and producer
- Bob Kennedy – MLB player (Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, Brooklyn Dodgers) and Chicago Cubs manager and general manager
- Corey Mays – linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs
- George Piktuzis – MLB player (Chicago Cubs)
- Jeremy Rifkin (1963) – economist, writer and public speaker; founder of Foundation on Economic Trends
- Jacqueline B. Vaughn (1952) – teacher, first African-American and first woman to head the nation's third largest teachers union local, Chicago Teachers Union
- Earl Washington (attended) – jazz pianist
- Johnny Washington (attended) – pitcher for the Chicago American Giants of the Negro Leagues
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