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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ecole Tache (744 Langevin Street, Winnipeg)

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Named for Alexandre-Antonin Taché, the Tache Elementary School was built in 1958 by the St. Boniface School Division. Based on architectural designs of Waisman Ross and Associates. A six-classroom expansion and three-classroom-equivalent gymnasium were added in 1965 on designs of local architect Etienne J. Gaboury. Subsequent add-ons were made in 1971, 1972, 1981, and 2015.

In January 1972, with only 178 of its 300 student capacity, the School Division sought to close the facility, citing declining birth rates and potential fiscal savings. At the time, it was the only all-French primary institution within the province. The school closed in the summer of 1974, with students transferring to Provencher School. Despite a statement by the School Division that the closure was “irreversible,” it reopened in the fall of 1976. Nine years later, students in grades 7 and 8 were transferred to Collège Louis-Riel.

Now known as Ecole Tache, the school joined the Franco-Manitobaine School Division in 1994 and, in 2002, renamed its library for retiring Principal Renée-France Labossière.

Principals

Period

Principal

1958-1968

Élise Comte

1968-1971

Thérèse Meissner

1971-1974

Paul Baril

1974-1976

School closed

1976-2002

Renée-France Labossière

2002-2013

Maryvonne Alarie

2013-?

Mayur Raval

Teachers

Among the other teachers of Tache School was Celine Thuot.

Photos & Maps

Ecole Tache

Ecole Tache (May 2017)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Site Location (lat/long): N49.89594, W97.12057
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Tache School / Queen Elizabeth School (Kenny Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Tache School No. 937 (RM of Montcalm)

Sources:

“Top building designs on display here,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 February 1959, page 9.

“Tenders,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 December 1964, page 39.

“Tache School to close,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 January 1972, page 6.

“Board to keep Tache School,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 January 1972, page 6.

“Tache School struggle not over,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 August 1974, page 15.

“Citizens propose ways to renew North St. B,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 September 1974, page 3.

“Franco-Manitobaine group sees good in Tache closing,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 September 1974, page 3.

“St. Boniface School Division No. 4,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 August 1976, page 29.

“The City of Winnipeg notice of public meetings [File No. DAV 439/81 SB/SV],” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 August 1981, page 28.

“Ecole Tache overcrowded, parents say,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 November 1989, page 67.

History, Ecole Tache.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 5 March 2017

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