Near North Career Metropolitan High School

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Near North Career Metro High School
1450 N. Larrabee Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60610
United States
Coordinates 41°54′31″N 87°38′38″W / 41.9085°N 87.6439°W / 41.9085; -87.6439Coordinates: 41°54′31″N 87°38′38″W / 41.9085°N 87.6439°W / 41.9085; -87.6439
School type Public Secondary Magnet
Established 1977
Closed 2001
School district Chicago Public Schools
CEEB Code 141053[1]
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Maroon
Athletics conference Chicago Public League
Team name Huskies
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Yearbook The Near North Metro

Near North Career Metropolitan High School (also known as Near North Career Magnet High School) was a public 4–year vocational magnet high school 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. Near North served as a replacement for Edwin G. Cooley Vocational High School, a Chicago public high school that closed after the 1978–79 school year due to issues within the community and school. The school was in use from 1979 to 2001.


Near North was established in 1977 due to plans to close Cooley Vocational High School because of its low academic performance, poor building condition. The location of the new school was a battle among citizens of the near north side. Whites chose a location north of North Avenue to attract more whites, while blacks chose a site near the Cabrini-Green housing project.

In 1979, the school opened as magnet school that offered majors in 8 vocational career programs (which didn't begin until March 1980).[2] The schools' name changed from Magnet to Metropolitan in 1986.


Near North competed in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and was a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). The schools' sports teams were named the Huskies.

Closure/building uses and plans[edit]

The school closed due to low-enrollment after the 2000–01 school year. The schools' gymnasium and field are used by Jones College Prep athletic teams. The Chicago Police Department (CPD) and Chicago Fire Department (CFD) use the building as a training site.

In July 2010, community activist and Chicago Teachers Union members protested that more school buildings were needed and the building be reopen for public school purpose.

In May 2012, the school building was purchased by the Chicago Housing Authority and will be use for mixed-income residential and open space uses.[3]

In September 2013, a group of old town and near north side residents started a petition for the city of Chicago to demolish the school building and build a city park on the site.[4]


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