South Shore High School, hailed by school officials as the "most advanced high school in the United States" when it opened in 1969, will be demolished this year, according to the city's Public Building Commission.
The PBC this month is seeking qualifications from companies with the capacity to demolish the block-long, 180,000 sq ft concrete structure at 7529 S. Constance Avenue on the western edge of Rosenblum Park. Submittals are due by January 14th. Spared from the wrecker's ball will be the original South Shore High School building, an Art Moderne-ish beauty at 76th and Constance that is still in use. A new South Shore High School located at 75th and Jeffrey on the east edge of Rosenblum Park is nearing completion.
The demolition will bring an end to an odd chapter in Chicago Public School design history. Built for a then-hefty $9 million, South Shore High was planned to be "a pace-setter for the city," according to a 1968 Tribune story.