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"Tassie's School"

Tassie's School

Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted March, 2004

Tassie's School

Plaque Location

The Region of Waterloo
The City of Cambridge
In front of Galt Collegiate and Vocational School
on the west side of Water Street North
just north of the railway underpass


Coordinates: N 43 22.124 W 80 19.094

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Plaque Text

The Galt Grammar School was established in 1852 in a former township hall, and William Tassie (1815-1886) became headmaster the following year. Previously assistant headmaster at the Gore District school in Hamilton, Tassie had come to Canada from Dublin in 1834. Under his direction the Galt school, familiarly known as "Tassies", attained widespread recognition and attracted students from all over the continent. In 1853 the school was moved to a stone building which forms part of this structure, and in 1872 was among the first in the province to attain the status of Collegiate Institute. Finding the new system incompatible with his own methods of teaching, Dr. Tassie resigned in 1881.

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