Community High School was started in 1972 with some radical ideas, enthusiastic teachers, and a reclaimed elementary school building in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan. The concept was based on a “school without walls” approach where the city could serve as the classroom. Students were encouraged to design their own courses and take responsibility for their education. There was no prom, no cafeteria, no sports teams, an AntiZebra anti-mascot, and students called teachers by their first names.
I spoke with local independent filmmaker and video producer Donald Harrison behind the documentary about Ann Arbor's "Community High School."