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F.A.C.E. School



History

Montreal's English-speaking community provided itself with institutions reflecting the tendencies of the new middle class, who were drawn to the most prestigious neighbourhood in the country: the Square Mile. In 1914, after relocating five times, the High School of Montreal (founded September 25, 1843) moved into this imposing building north of Sherbrooke Street, near the McGill University campus. It was one of the first publicly-financed high schools for anglophones in the Montreal area.

Its high-level curriculum guided youth toward the liberal professions or higher education. In accordance with the ideology of the time, it maintained facilities essential to the development of both body and mind: a swimming pool, gymnasium, shooting gallery, library, auditorium, game rooms and even a planetarium, no longer extant. Girls and boys studied in separate wings but were together for extracurricular activities.

In the early 1980s, the school changed its mission. F.A.C.E. school (Fine Arts Core Education) was founded. In this unique school, the arts are integrated into the curriculum, from primary school through to completion of secondary school. The student body includes children from all social milieux who display an interest in the arts.

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High School of Montreal, coin Dorchester et University


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"Gymnasium in Montreal High School Boys"

© McGill University Archives, (PR008985), © Héritage Montréal

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Class room, Montreal High School

© McGill University Archives, (MG 1060, Acc 1981, Cont. 5), © Héritage Montréal

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Montreal High School, bibliothèque

© McGill University Archives, (MG 1060, Accession No. 1981/ 53, Cont. 13, Scrapbook), © Héritage Montréal

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Rugby Team ("The High School Magazine", June 1920, p. 10)
June 1920
© McGill University Archives, (MG 1060, C.12 1231c / Cont. 12), © Héritage Montréal

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Scène de la pièce de théâtre "Cyrano de Bergerac" jouée à la High School of Montreal

© McGill University Archives, (MG 1060, Accession No. 1981/ 53, Cont. 13, Scrapbook), © Héritage Montréal

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Remise de diplômes, Montreal High School

© McGill University Archives, (MG 1060 - Acc 1981, Cont. 5), © Héritage Montréal

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Photo-montage d'activités ("GHS - MHS, '52 Annual", p. 52)

© McGill University Archives, (M.G. 1060, 1231 c, Acc. Girl's High School Pubs, Cont. 8), © Héritage Montréal