The Good News 2020

Morgan Park High School (MPHS) continues its tradition of excellence that has prevailed since 1916.

Approximately 1,100 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; Mrs. 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.

An additional 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.

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 website design as its career-related study.

MPHS students also benefit from the school’s partnerships with St. Xavier University and Chicago State University. Students will be able to take university courses on a university campus and 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.

Morgan Park High School offers a rigorous curriculum that includes the following Advanced Placement classes: chemistry, English language, Spanish language, psychology, economics and studio arts.

Students who do not live in the attendance area can still make application to the seventh-eighth-grade Academic Center and the ninth-12th-grade World Language and International Studies, as well as 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, 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), DePaul University’s JumpStart program, and the Mikva Challenge.

MPHS has a strong Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) that works to facilitate strong parent engagement.

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 it has 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-pon squad and cheerleading, football, golf, volleyball, softball and many others.

The school also offers engaging extracurricular activities, including theater, band, chorus, debate, newspaper, civics club, 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