Junior Takes First Place in Statewide Acting Contest


Congratulations to Ta'liyah on winning a first-place award in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's annual high school arts competition! Ta'liyah, a junior from Morgan Park, was one of two student actors who received the top prize in theatre, one of seven categories in the annual contest sponsored by the university's College of Fine & Applied Arts. She was recognized for performing a monologue from the film "Hidden Figures" as the late NASA mathematician Katherine G. Johnson, originally played by Taraji P. Henson. Created “to inspire the next generation of creative thinkers and emphasize the importance of the arts in society,” [...]

Junior Takes First Place in Statewide Acting Contest2020-03-31T23:56:26-05:00

Confronting History on a Civil Rights Tour


A dozen Morgan Park Academy seventh- and eighth-grade students experienced a life-changing trip to the American South from Feb. 16-22, 2020, as they traveled with The Nation and filmmaker Andre Robert Lee to experience the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Traveling from Jackson, Mississippi, through the Mississippi Delta to Little Rock, Arkansas, and on to Memphis, Tennessee, students visited the sites and talked with some of the leaders of this important era of U.S. history. From there we went to Alabama — Birmingham, Selma, and ending our journey in Montgomery at the Lynching Museum and the [...]

Confronting History on a Civil Rights Tour2020-07-15T12:06:04-05:00

Snapshot: TED Talks in AP English


Upper School students in AP English Language and Composition put their research, composition, and persuasive writing skills to the test in delivering presentations in the style of TED Talks. Ta'liyah on Moral Behavior Annika on Eating Healthy Frank on Nuclear Proliferation (excerpt)

Snapshot: TED Talks in AP English2020-05-28T14:35:12-05:00

Celebrating Holi With a Festival of Colors


Upper School students celebrated the Hindu festival of Holi on March 10, 2020, with a carnival of colors. The holiday includes a free-for-all with people of all ages playfully chasing and decorating each other with brightly colored, dry powders.   View this post on Instagram   Happy Holi! Our #UpperSchool students celebrated the ancient Hindu festival, which heralds the arrival of spring after winter. It signifies the victory of good over evil and is celebrated as a day of spreading happiness and love. #discovermpa #globalleaders #globalfocus A post shared by Morgan Park Academy (@morganparkacademy) on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:57pm PDT

Celebrating Holi With a Festival of Colors2020-03-18T17:46:51-05:00

Responding to COVID-19


As schools and other institutions throughout the U.S. and the world increase efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Morgan Park Academy has responded in kind to protect the healthy and safety of our students, faculty, and families. To reduce contacts that could aid the spread of the new coronavirus, we have closed campus for two weeks (March 14-29), including our previously scheduled spring break. We do not have any reports of coronavirus in our school community and have been following all the recommended public health guidelines on campus. This decision comes from an abundance of caution, a recognition of the [...]

Responding to COVID-192020-03-13T16:38:27-05:00

Academic Challenge Team Takes 3rd at Sectionals


Morgan Park Academy’s Academic Challenge team continued its postseason push with high scores across all math and science categories in sectional competition at Joliet Junior College on March 10, 2020. Competing in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics, and physics, MPA placed third in Division 300 against other schools our size. Teaming up to advance to the state finals were seniors Anthony Jurek and Celeste Kettaneh; juniors Frank Li, Oscar Zhang, and Wayne Zhang; and sophomores Tom Gu and Merlin Mo. "All of them did a great job to contribute to the team score," said coach Jae eun Yoon, [...]

Academic Challenge Team Takes 3rd at Sectionals2020-03-18T15:56:50-05:00

Merry Murderesses Light Up the Stage in Upper School Musical


Upper School students thrilled a packed house at Baer Theater with our spring musical, “Chicago: High School Edition" on March 6-7, 2020. Directed by Wayne Wendell, the adaptation of Bob Fosse's Broadway classic featured bravura lead performances by seniors Hailey Brisard, Olga Mourgelas, and Alex Fleming as Roxie Hart, Velma Kelly, and Billy Flynn, respectively; and standout supporting turns by senior Drew Hunt as Matron "Mama" Morton and freshman Alex Coe as Amos Hart. Hailey previously was among 40 high school students statewide selected to perform in the all-state production of "Aida." SEE MORE PHOTOS

Merry Murderesses Light Up the Stage in Upper School Musical2021-02-05T17:15:54-06:00

Drahozal Named District Coach of the Year


MPA girls basketball coach Tom Drahozal was recognized by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association following a record 2019-2020 season, earning District 3 Coach of the Year honors for the fourth time in his career. Drahozal, who led the Warriors to their seventh regional championship and a program-record 22 wins, was one of 21 girls basketball coaches honored at the state's Class 1A/2A level. A member of Morgan Park Academy's Athletic Hall of Fame, Drahozal has led the varsity girls basketball program since 1994, compiling 383 wins in 26 seasons. His career total of 489 wins also includes seven years with the varsity [...]

Drahozal Named District Coach of the Year2020-03-10T13:53:11-05:00
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