Cooley Vocational High School
|Cooley Vocational High School|
|1225 N. Sedgwick Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60610
|School type||Public Secondary Vocational|
|School district||Chicago Public Schools|
|Athletics conference||Chicago Public League|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
Edwin Gilbert Cooley Vocational High School (known as Cooley High and Cooley Vocational High School and Upper Grade Center) was a public 4-year vocational high school and upper grade center located in the Old Town neighborhood on the Near North Side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. It was part of the Chicago Public Schools district. About ninety percent of its student population were residents of Cabrini–Green, a Chicago Housing Authority public housing project that was located adjacent to the school. It was named after Chicago Public Schools superintendent Edwin Gilbert Cooley (1857-1905). The school was in use from 1958 until 1979.
The location was occupied by Lane Technical High School in the 1930s. In 1940, the building was occupied by Washburne Trade School. In 1958, Washburne moved, leaving the building vacant. At that time Cabrini-Green's population had reached about 15,000 residents. In order to provide education for the residents' children, Cooley opened for the 1958-59 school year. During the first years of the school, it was largely populated by whites. By 1973, the school was predominately African-American. In 1975, the Board of Education decided to phase out Cooley due to its low academic performance and the poor condition of the building. The school was closed after the 1978-79 school year. It was consolidated into Near North Career Metropolitan High School in September 1979.
In popular culture
Cooley was the subject of the 1975 film Cooley High., written by Eric Monte, a Cooley alumnus who based the film on his experiences attending the school and growing up in Cabrini-Green. It was also mentioned in songs by rappers such as Nas and the Wu-Tang Clan.
- "1962 Cooley High School (Chicago, Illinois)". Classmates. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
- Jet Magazine: Rev. Marvin Yancy Dies Of Heart Attack In Chicago (April 8, 1985)