Morgan Park High School

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Morgan Park High School
1744 W. Pryor Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60643
United States
Coordinates 41°41′32″N 87°39′55″W / 41.6922°N 87.6654°W / 41.6922; -87.6654Coordinates: 41°41′32″N 87°39′55″W / 41.6922°N 87.6654°W / 41.6922; -87.6654
School type Public secondary
Opened 1916
School district Chicago Public Schools
CEEB code 141035[1]
Principal Carolyn Dolores Epps
Grades 712
Gender Coed
Enrollment 1,386 (2016–17)
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Forest Green
Song "EMPEHI, EMPEHI, we are loyal"[2]
Athletics conference Chicago Public League[3]
Mascot Mustangs[3]
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[4]
Yearbook Empehi

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[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] Frank Sinatra visited the area to support integration during the strike and encourage the students to return to the school.[8]


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.[9] 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).[10]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "High School Code Search". College Board. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "School Song". Morgan Park High School. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Chicago (Morgan Park)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 31 December 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Institution Summary for Morgan Park High School". AdvancED profile. North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Retrieved 5 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "THREATEN LOSS OF CREDITS TO STRIKING PUPILS - 2,000 Protest Crowding at Morgan Park High". Chicago Tribune: 2. October 9, 1934. 
  6. ^ "Chicago Pupils Strike.; Protesting Negro Attendance, 1,700 Quit Morgan Park High School.", The New York Times, October 9, 1934
  7. ^ Star, Jack (August 31, 1975). "SEPTEMBER, 1945: Chicago in 1945--a blend of "The Quiz Kids," war brides, racial discrimination, and a surging stock market". Chicago Tribune: h14. 
  8. ^ "Interview of Holmes 'Daddy-O' Daylie", The HistoryMakers Video Oral History Archive, accessed July 15, 2009.
  9. ^ Morgan Park High School, International Baccalaureate Organization. Accessed August 30, 2007.
  10. ^ IHSA - Morgan Park (Chicago)
  11. ^ Lee Bernet, database Football. Accessed August 30, 2007.
  12. ^ Corbin Bryant at Pittsburgh Steelers website.
  13. ^ Fred Evans, Texas State University-San Marcos. Accessed August 30, 2007.
  14. ^ Hall of Famers: Hugh "Duke" Gallarneau. College Football Hall of Fame. Accessed August 30, 2007.
  15. ^ Frisman Jackson, database Football. Accessed August 30, 2007.
  16. ^ Haynes, Karima A. "Mae Jemison: coming in from outer space", Ebony, December 1992. Accessed September 6, 2007. "Perhaps the most moving tribute came during a homecoming rally at Morgan Park High School, where Jemison graduated in 1973"
  17. ^ Trezelle Jenkins, database Football. Accessed August 30, 2007.
  18. ^ Vaughn, Shamontiel L. (2009-05-22). "Triple threat: Chicago native Jeremih, the singer, rapper, musician". Chicago Defender. Real Times. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
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  20. ^ Sweet, Lynn. "Denmark's museums are as varied as its herrings", Chicago Sun-Times, August 23, 1987. "While strolling, I heard activist Jeremy Rifkin (A former Chicagoan who attended Morgan Park High School) warn of the dangers of genetic engineering."
  21. ^ Morgan Park High School (Chicago, Illinois) - 1952 Yearbook