Historic Detroit

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Cooley High School

Cooley High School, designed by Donaldson & Meier and opened in 1928, was named after former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas M. Cooley.

It was constructed at a cost of $758,270, the equivalent in purchasing power to about $13,900,000 in 2024, to meet the educational needs of a rapidly growing area of Detroit.

Despite its historical significance, Cooley High School was closed in June 2010 and has remained vacant since then. On October 1, 2017, a blaze distroyed much of the auditorium of the abandoned school.

More about Cooly High School coming soon.