Celebrating 150 Years

Celebrating 150 Years2022-09-12T08:36:46-05:00

It has been an extraordinary 150 years for Morgan Park Academy. Evolving through a century and a half, changing names multiple times, and weathering pandemics and wars, the Academy and its alumni have left an indelible mark on Chicago and America.

Serving in two World Wars and other conflicts, defining society through their work and dedication, alumni and community members have made the Academy proud.

The 2022-2023 school year will be one of celebration by highlighting the men and women who have defined the Academy and society, remembering our history, celebrating its many accomplishments, and planning for its future.

I would like to cordially invite you to our 150th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, October 22, at the Palmer House Hilton downtown. As we celebrate 150 years, we also want to plan for our next 150 years by raising funds for the Academy’s endowment. Whether you can attend the event or not, I’d like you to consider supporting the Academy. There are many ways to support this initiative. Take a look at our sponsorship opportunities, and peruse our 150th Anniversary Campaign brochure below to learn how your gift will secure the Academy’s future for another century and a half of success.

With excitement and pride, I look forward to hearing from all of you, alumni, alumni parents, parents, faculty, trustees, and friends.

Thank you for joining us in this wonderful celebration,

Mercedes Z. Sheppard

Head of School

Our School Through the Years

150th Anniversary Events

Events and activities will be held throughout the 2022-2023 school year, highlighting the Academy’s mission, people, past accomplishments, and future direction.

The 150th Anniversary Gala VIP Reception
Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 5 p.m
Palmer House, Chicago Room | Formal Attire
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The 150th Anniversary Gala
Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 6 p.m
Palmer House, Grand Ballroom | Formal Attire
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Click here to reserve a discounted room at the Palmer House

150th Anniversary Academy Day
Friday, May 26, 2023
Throughout Campus

150th Commencement and Reception
Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 10 a.m.
Jones Bowl, MPA

150th Anniversary Homecoming and Reunions
September 2023

150th Committee

150th Anniversary Gala & VIP Reception


We are thrilled to be partnering with the historical Chicago Palmer House Hilton Hotel to host the Academy’s 150th Anniversary Gala. All the funds raised at the Anniversary Gala will go towards supporting Future Ready: A Campaign for MPA’s 150th Anniversary. These funds support the MPA Endowment Funds and campus renovations.

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Click here to sponsor the event

Future Ready: A Campaign for
Morgan Park Academy Sesquicentennial Anniversary

The 150th Hall of Fame

Click here to nominate a candidate for induction into the Morgan Park Academy 150th Anniversary Hall of Fame!

As part of the celebration, we want to honor 150 people who have left their mark on this institution and society. We are asking alumni and community members to nominate alums, current or former faculty members, current or former Board of Trustees members, outstanding volunteers, philanthropists, people who had an extraordinary career, etc.

The 150th Anniversary committee will be tasked with approving the list. These people will be grouped into different categories and celebrated in the 150th Anniversary Commemorative booklet, at the 150th Anniversary Gala, and a plaque will be displayed on campus.

There are no predefined criteria to be considered. Please use this form to make a case for your nominee. You can nominate as many people as you’d like.

Please email alumni@morganparkacademy.org with any questions.

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