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).

Shannon Scholarship Fund Money donated by friends and family in memory of David Shannon (class of 2012) funds college scholarship for Myers Park students.

Funds Raised By The Foundation Support An Array Of Critical Programs At Myers Park:

  • Communities in Schools - Myers Park High School has 2 Site Coordinators, and the Foundation has fully funded one Site Coordinator position since 2012.  The Site Coordinators bring the proven Communities in Schools model to Myers Park by case managing students across a broad at-risk spectrum, from students facing traumatic or crisis-level challenges to students seeking college and career guidance.  Nearly all Myers Park seniors supported by Communities in Schools have graduated. 
  • Graduation Coach -  In 2023, the Foundation funded a Graduation Coach that is a full-time position at Myers Park High School.  The Graduation Coach works with Students who are at risk of not graduating on time with their cohorts. 
  • Mustangs Matter -  This after school program began in 2016, providing academic support, mentoring, recreation and life skills for ninth graders as they make their transition to high school. Going into year four, Mustangs Matter celebrated its first class of graduating seniors in June 2020.  A re-launch and rebuild of the program began as school returned to in person after the pandemic.  The program now includes students in all grades, many of whom credit the staff with keeping them on track. 
  • Student Wellness Center -  The Student Wellness Center opened at Myers Park High School in the fall of 2023.  This special space, inspired by and dedicated to the memory of Jason Huff Jr., has the intention of improving the mental health of teenagers at Myers Park.  The school is comprised of a mix of all socio-economic backgrounds who suffer all types of stressors from anxiety disorders and mental health disease to abusive households to non-English speaking immigrants to homelessness. Mental health diseases and struggles cut across all socio-economic strata.  The Foundation was pleased to be able to provide a new Student Wellness Center that welcomes all into a home-like environment on campus. 

The Foundation will continue to encourage and support innovative efforts to make Myers Park a model of urban educational excellence.

Student Body Profile for 2023-2024:
Total Students - 3536
Diverse - 55% White, 21% African American, 18% Hispanic, 3% Asian, 3% Other
Socioeconomically Stratified - Students in all income brackets; nearly 1/3 of MP students live below the poverty line or receive some form of public assistance. 
Homeless Students - Fluctuating population approaches 100+ per year

Donate To The Foundation

Contributions of all amounts
that invest in this current generation of students through the MPHS Foundation are welcome and we hope you will participate at some level.

The MPHS Foundation graciously accepts corporate matching gifts. Please remember to ask your employer about this powerful way to enhance your donation.

We are a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization as determined by the IRS.

 If you would like to learn how to donate stock to the MPHS Foundation, please contact Steve Larson.

If mailing a check please send to:
MPHS Foundation Treasurer
338 S. Sharon Amity Road
Box 228
Charlotte, NC 28211