Collège et Lycée Raponda Walker

Collège et Lycée Raponda Walker is a private Catholic primary and secondary school, located in Port-Gentil, the second largest city in Gabon. The school was established in 1930 and has arroximately 1,000 pupils. Since 1975 it has been named for André Raponda Walker, a writer and the first Catholic priest in Gabon.[2]

Collège et Lycée Raponda Walker

Coordinates0°43′24″S 8°47′07″E / 0.7234°S 8.7853°E / -0.7234; 8.7853
TypePrivate primary and secondary school
Religious affiliation(s)Catholicism
Patron saint(s)André Raponda Walker
Established1930 (94 years ago) (1930)
FounderFather René Lefèbre
GradesKG1 – 12
Number of students1,005[1]

History edit

The school was started in 1930 in the grounds of the new church of St. Louis by Father René Lefèbre. (The church had only been built in 1927.) The school was named then after the church.[3]

In 1949, the school was taken over by the Brothers of St. Gabriel, but it was not until 1965 that a section for girls was introduced.[3] In 1969, the school started mixed classes.[clarification needed]

In 1975, the school took on its existing name which is in honour of the first Gabonese person to be ordained as a catholic priest.[2][3]

Notable alumni edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "School SEED network". Retrieved 11 August 2008.
  2. ^ a b LFM: "Social Sciences and Missions" Archived 2011-06-15 at the Wayback Machine. December 2006. Retrieved 11 August 2008.
  3. ^ a b c History of Raponda Walker, School web site.
  4. ^ Sport de haut niveau : La superbe d’un jeune gabonais dans le basket-ball américain Archived 2009-03-02 at the Wayback Machine, GabonEco, 30 June 2007, translation. Retrieved 11 August 2008.

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