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New Name For Local High School

Wednesday April 27th, 2016, 7:57pm


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Conseil scolaire Viamonde announced that its high school in Windsor will be named after Antoine de Lamothe-Cadillac, the founder of the first French colony in the Detroit region.

An adventurer and a visionary, Antoine de Lamothe-Cadillac accomplished many things in his lifetime. He left France for the New World at the age of 25. In 1694, he was the commander of Fort Michilimackinac. In 1701, he founded Fort Pontchartrain, the first French community in the region where the city of Detroit stands today. Later, de Lamothe-Cadillac became the governor of Louisiana. It is not surprising that, when the bicentenary of the founding of Detroit was celebrated in 1902, his name was chosen for a new brand of automobile that became synonymous with prestige and success: the Cadillac.

The high school’s name, École secondaire de Lamothe-Cadillac, was chosen by means of a survey of the entire school community. Students, parents, and staff were invited to put forward names that reflected their school and their values. A committee then reviewed all of the names and came up with a short list. Members of the Board made a final decision at their meeting in April in Borden.

The school, located at 1775 Totten Street in Windsor, welcomed its first students in September 2010.

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