Great schools combine the power of public resources with innovation and flexibility fueled by private funds. In 2012, several members of the “Classic” Class of 1955 worked together with school administration and parent leaders to create the Myers Park High School Foundation. The Foundation strategically concentrates on these main areas:
- Comprehensive programming for 9th-12th grade at risk students to get them on track for graduation;
- Professional development for teachers;
- Scholarships for students or programs; and
- Campus improvements, in conjunction with CMS and the Mustang Club (athletic boosters).
To date, the Foundation has supported several important initiatives at Myers Park:
Communities in Schools at MPHS – The Foundation has provided all funds necessary to support a full-time CIS site coordinator at Myers Park. Using the nationally-proven CIS model, the site coordinator works directly with 100 at-risk students each year. In 2016, all seniors in the CIS program at Myers Park graduated.
Mustangs Matter – The Foundation underwrites an innovative new after-school program which will serve up to 100 at-risk Myers Park students, providing an array of services and activities designed to keep these students on track to graduate.
Shannon Scholarship Fund – Money donated by friends and family in memory of David Shannon (class of 2012) funds college scholarship for Myers Park students.
The Foundation will continue to encourage and support innovative efforts to make Myers Park a model of urban educational excellence.