It is probable that inter-scholastic sports were offered at Cooley High School. It is probable the boys competed
in baseball, basketball, and track, probably many other sports as well. The girls may well have competed in volleyball,
basketball, and track and many other sports too. If you have ANY information you can share regarding Cooley High School
please contact us via the means listed below.
**From Donald Walsh:
"I was a teacher at Cooley High from 1968 until it closed in June of 1979.
I believe that the school was closed simply because the building was old, inefficient, too big
with a large portion of the building unused. There was also an upper grade center housed in the facility which
closed several years before the high school closed.
Prior to 1960, the building housed the Washburn Trade School. Prior to 1934? it was Lane
From 1968 to 1976 the only inter-scholastic sport offered was boys basketball, frosh-soph and
varsity. The coaches were Michael Levy and Jimmy Johnson
respectively. I believe Mr. Levy is still working for the Board of Education. Mr. Johnson
is deceased. In 1976, I believe, inter-scholastic baseball was initiated.
Mr. Levy was the coach.
I don't recall any inter-scholastic sports for the girls. The girls gym teacher was Penny
Padley. She is retired."
**From Jan Prymus (Class of 1964):
"I happened upon your Cooley website; greatly enjoyed reading about my alma mater!
I attended Cooley from 1960-64, and graduated in June, 1964. The school building was constructed in 1912 for Lane
Technical High School; when they moved in 1934 to their new location at Western and Addison, their former building became
Washburne Trade School
, who moved to 14th and Union. In September of 1958 when Washburne Trade School moved to the new location on 31st Street,
the former Washburne Vocational High School was renamed Edwin G. Cooley High School. Joseph J. Partle
was the principal.
There were actually three seperate schools; the trade school, the continuation school, and the vocational high school
- all under one roof. I still have the student handbook, 45 pages of information, including school songs, floor plans,
teacher names, and much more. My electric shop, in which I majored, was in room 222, facing Division and Orleans,
also the electric teacher was Raymond T. Bernke.
Now retired, I still look back fondly on my Cooley days - I would enjoy sharing informaiton with you and others
interested. Is there an organized group of former Cooley students/teachers? Are reunions held?"
**From Martin Ficzko:
"I attended Cooley High for three years and have some very fond memories,
especially of the print and machine shop. At the time I went the "EL" ran directly in
back of the school and the Oscar Myair wienner factory. I also rememeber the basketball team."