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Brief History

     The Boys’ Juvenile School was in a dilapidated state since 1902.  Father Louis Tapon, F.M.I priest and Vicar General, who had built the Ave Maria Girls’ School, was approached by the inspector of schools about the condition of the Boys’ school.  Father Tapon had plans to have a building for boys which could compare well with Girls’ school, but he had to postpone the building due to lack of funds.  The building of the Girls’ school had put him in a precarious position of indebtedness.  The Inspector threatened to cease paying the staff grant if a complete rebuilding of the Boys’ school was not undertaken immediately.  He further suggested that the Government could build a non-denominational central school where boys of all denominations would be admitted. The Ministers of various denominations would be allowed to enter freely.

 

     Father Tapon could not accept this alternative.  He begged and obtained the support of his vestry and parishioners.  He purchased a piece of land on Brazil Street and early in 1909 the large building was begun.  The school was duly completed, blessed, and then opened for classes on August 16, 1909.  It cost about 1,600 pounds.  It was called the “St. Aloysius School” in homage to Father Tapon, whose Christian name was Louis or Aloysius.

 

Taken from “A History of the Roman Catholic Church in St. Lucia” by Bishop Charles Gachet F.M.I