**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 Tech High.
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
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
**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
**From Gary Stern (Class
"I attended Cooley High & Cooley upper grade Center 1225 Sedgwik from
1963-1964 (upper grade center) 1965-1969 high school. In those periods
only sport was Basketball. I played on the 1966 freshman - sophomore team under
Michael Levy. Mr. Johnson was head of Athletics . The last reunion was some years
ago with all years attending. They tried about three years but failed lack of
response .Those were good days. I took electric shop also. Graduated class