Cooley High

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1975’s “Cooley High” is proof of that.

Written by Eric Monte, he said he based the film on his experiences attending the real-life Cooley Vocational High School (which closed in 1979) that served students from the Cabrini–Green public housing project on Chicago’s north side. While the film was set in and around Cabrini–Green, it was primarily filmed at another Chicago-area housing project. Monte has said that he wrote the film to dispel myths about growing up in the projects: “I grew up in the Cabrini–Green housing project and I had one of the best times of my life, the most fun you can have while inhaling and exhaling”.

The movie was filmed on a budget of 750 thousand dollars and grossed over 13 million dollars at the box office

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