Grand Lycée Franco-Libanais
|Grand Lycée Franco-Libanais
Mission Laïque Française
|Rue Beni Assaf, Achrafieh
|Founder||Mission laïque française|
|Grades||1 - 15|
|Athletics||Swimming, ultimate, football, basketball, tennis, handball, ping-pong, gymnastics, acrogym, squash, volleyball, athletics|
|Affiliations||Mission laïque française|
|Languages||French, Latin, Arabic, English, Spanish, German, Italian|
The Grand Lycée Franco-Libanais (GLFL), is a French lycée in the Achrafieh district of Beirut, founded in 1909 by the Mission laïque française. The institution leads as the flagship of the French lycées operating in Lebanon.
Initially located in the Sodeco neighborhood near the central Beirut district, it later moved to Beni Assaf Street, near the French embassy and Saint Joseph University in the Badaro neighborhood. GLFL has ten buildings, five of which were conceived by the French planner Michel Ecochard, and also added a new athletic stadium on Damascus street: "Le stade de Chayla".
Just over a century old, the Grand Lycée has made its way through Lebanese modern history. The Lebanese civil war, which began in 1975, marks the most serious crisis the Grand Lycée ever faced. The buildings were badly damaged and due to their proximity to the Green Line, access was difficult. From 1996 to 2003, the lycée undertook comprehensive renovations, where all the "Ecochard" buildings were rehabilitated and new structures were constructed. The new stadium "Stade du Chayla" was inaugurated on 25 March 2005.
Brice Léthier is the headmaster of the Grand Lycée since August 2016. The school offers classes to more than 3,000 students. It remains the flagship institution of the Mission Laïque Française organisation and leads its eight established schools in Lebanon.
School departments include 2 libraries in which students can find a network of computers intended for educational resources, as well as 27,000 books and literary archives including newspapers, novels, and magazines. A secondary library known as the BCD is also available to younger students.
The school provides a gymnasium, a football field, and two basketball courts. Across the street, the brand new Stade du Chayla comprises a track-and-field playground, along with tennis, badminton, basketball and mini-soccer courts. The building includes table tennis and squash halls as well as an indoor swimming pool.
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