The Good News 2019

Approximately 1,200 students attend school on the 25-acre campus, which is located in the historic Beverly/Morgan Park community. “Empehi” continues to be led by the administrative team of Dr. Femi Skanes, principal; Mr. Daniel Buys, assistant principal; Ms. Kai Erquhart, assistant principal; and Mrs. Lakeya Poston, assistant principal.

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

Following the Middle Year Programme, students may continue into one of the two additional IB offerings at MPHS. The IB Diploma Programme affords students the opportunity to take all university-level coursework throughout 11th and 12th grade while also completing extended service learning projects.

The IB Career-related Programme (CP) is also offered, providing 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. CP students undertake a minimum of two IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses, a core consisting of four components and a career-related study.

MPHS is currently offering Game Design as its career-related study.

In partnership with the City Colleges of Chicago, the school offers dual-credit classes in college math.

Morgan Park High School offers a rigorous curriculum that includes the following advanced placement (AP) classes: English language and composition, English literature and composition, biology, U.S. history, psychology, U.S. government and politics, human geography, computer-science principles and studio art.

Students who do not live in the attendance area can still make application to the seventh-eighth-grade Academic Center and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP).

MPHS welcomes students from the five area elementary feeder schools, including Barnard, Clissold, Sutherland, Kellogg and Esmond. For students who attend an MYP feeder school, it is an incredible benefit to continue their 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 or IB Career-related Programme, taking university-level coursework and better positioning themselves for the college admissions and scholarship process.

In its effort to promote global citizenship and service beyond high school, MPHS provides meaningful community service opportunities for students through collaborative partnerships with CIMBY (Calumet Is My Back Yard) and the Mikva Challenge.

Students also benefit from support programs that include Community Schools Initiative with the Beverly Arts Center, BAM (Becoming a Man), buildOn, Math Circles, College Possible, Male Moguls, Umoja and many others.

MPHS offers students creative outlets to explore, including partnerships with Beyond Limits Media Group and Art Alliance.

Sports accolades include the boys varsity basketball team, which has made it to the IHSA Class 3A tournament four times out of the last seven years, and they have won four state titles. The boys bowling team has won the Chicago Public League championship for the past six years.

In recent years, the Lady Mustangs track-and-field team earned an IHSA Class 2A second-place finish, and additional state title challenges include the boys varsity baseball team’s IHSA Class 3A fourth-place finish—the squad’s first state appearance in school history. 

Morgan Park High School takes pride in its numerous athletic teams, including girls and boys tennis, boys and girls bowling, pom-pom squad and cheerleading, football, golf, water polo, volleyball, softball and others.

The school also offers engaging extracurricular activities, including theater, band, chorus, debate, newspaper, chess, Student Council and others.

To find out more about Beverly/Morgan Park’s neighborhood high school, call the school at (773) 535-2550 or visit the website at