Sunset Park School

Demolished: 1985

What is currently at that address: Sunset Park

Sunset Park School was built at the height of the baby boom, when Mount Prospect’s student population was growing rapidly every year. School District 57 built a new school every other year in the 1950s, but by the end of the 1970s many of the Baby Boom children had outgrown the schools like Sunset Park and the student population dramatically declined. In 1979 School District 57 put the building up for sale with an asking price of $900,000. However, the presence of asbestos and the lack of bidders caused the school to lower the price to $750,000. There were still no bidders for the site, until the Mount Prospect Park District approached them with an offer of $500,000 for the land without the building. After negotiations, the land was eventually sold for $600,000 in 1985 and the school was demolished.

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