Veterans Day 2021


Veterans Day means a little extra at a school whose 150-year history includes several decades as a military academy. We remembered the contributions of American veterans with a virtual program conducted by seventh- and eighth-grade students and broadcast all over campus. Students also visited virtually with David Estes, an eighth-grade alumnus of the Academy who served in the Vietnam War and now is the education director at the Livingston County War Museum in Pontiac, Illinois.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Morgan Park Academy (@morganparkacademy)

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Supporting Our School at the Annual Fund Gala


The Gala is back! After a virtual event last year, nearly 300 parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends gathered Oct. 16, 2021 to celebrate and support Morgan Park Academy at the Annual Fund Gala, raising nearly $300,000 for student programs, faculty professional development, financial assistance, and facilities improvements. From the circus theme to the music of DJ Steve "Silk" Hurley, it was a fantastic evening. Thank you to everyone who made our biggest event of the year so special, including our event volunteers, led by Gala chair Tina Isom, our sponsors, and all the supporters who help us secure the future [...]

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Honoring the MPA Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021


(PHOTO: Fred Daniel, Mercedes Z. Sheppard, Linda Mitchell, Lynda Pariso) We were thrilled to induct a new class into the Morgan Park Academy Hall of Fame on September 25, 2021: retired teachers and administrators Lynda Pariso and Barbara Tubutis and retired board members Fred Daniel and Jim Mitchell '61. Their contributions to our school over many decades have been tremendous! Fred Daniel Among our most generous supporters for four decades, Fred Daniel has been an active member of our school community through both his children and grandchildren attending MPA. Daniel was a science professor at Malcolm X College for 30 years, [...]

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MPA Ranked Among the State’s Top Private Schools


Morgan Park Academy remains the top school in Chicago’s Southland area and one of the best in the state, according to an annual report from the school rankings and reviews website MPA was among 2.5% of schools nationwide to receive an overall grade of A+ and ranked No. 8 among Illinois K-12 private schools and No. 13 among the state’s private high schools. On diversity, long a strong suit, the Academy again earned the highest marks, ranked seventh in the state and in the top 100 nationally among most diverse private high schools. >> GLOBAL FOCUS PUTS MPA AMONG CHICAGO [...]

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Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Vishal Mehta ’91


Dr. Vishal Mehta ’91 is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine with an emphasis on arthroscopic procedures of the shoulder and knee, and cartilage transplantation and restoration. He is the President of Fox Valley Orthopedic Institute, where he leads the organization to achieving its goal of providing exceptional, innovative orthopedic care to Chicagoland and beyond. Dr. Mehta began his career in high finance, and over the years he has successfully combined his skills and passions, leveraging his orthopedic knowledge and business acumen into innovative business ventures such as Healthy-TXT™ and MedWaitTime. The founder of the Fox Valley Orthopedic [...]

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Duchossois Alumni Award: Kenneth Mortenson ’63


We were pleased to honor Kenneth Mortenson'63 with our highest honor for Morgan Park Academy alumni, the Richard L. Duchossois ’40 Integrity and Values Alumni Award, at our 148th graduation exercises on June 12, 2021. The Duchossois Award is given annually in recognition of its namesake’s lifetime achievements, outstanding professional success, and service to the Academy, his community, and society. Previous recipients are Duchossois, Dr. Frank Burd ’52, C. Denny Cresap ’52, Bill Hickey ’71, Al Hoffman Jr. ’52, D. Stephen Menzies '73, Jim Mitchell ’61, Rajeev Rathi ’84, Spencer Stuart ’40, and Jerome Thrall '44. “Mr. Mortenson has been a tremendous supporter [...]

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Commencement Address: Gregory Coleman ’91


We were pleased to welcome Gregory Coleman '91 back to campus to deliver the commencement address at Morgan Park Academy’s 148th graduation exercises on June 12, 2021. Coleman is the CEO of Sworkit, a fitness technology company that provides personalized, convenient, and efficient workouts to any screen anywhere and is the leading platform for delivering dynamic exercise content. He has more than 25 years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors and co-founded and led Sworkit from concept to a market leader in the digital fitness industry. Sworkit was identified as one of Fast Company’s “2017’s 10 Most [...]

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Alumni Spotlight: Anand Mehta ’90


Anand Mehta ’90 is the Chief People Officer at Compass, joining the company in August 2020 after 12 years at Bridgewater Associates. He attended Yale University, graduating with an B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics. He also holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Q&A What have you been up to since graduating from MPA? It has been quite an adventure! After MPA I attended Yale, where I took advantage of the full course catalog. After graduation I spent five years in banking and technology consulting, returning to Chicago for my MBA at Northwestern. Interestingly, I met a fantastic [...]

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Alumni Speaker: Rajeev Rathi ’84


We welcomed Rajeev Rathi ’84, P’15, ’17, ’18 to speak to Upper School students at our celebration of National College Decision Day on May 3, 2021. Rathi served on Morgan Park Academy’s Board of Trustees from 2008-2018, including four years as Board Chair. Three years ago, he received the school’s highest alumni honor, the Richard L. Duchossois ’40 Integrity and Values Alumni Award. Rathi is a founder and leader of the Rathi Singh Group within Merrill Private Wealth Management. He has worked in financial services since 1988, serving in senior roles with J.P. Morgan, Lehman Brothers, and UBS Financial Services before [...]

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