Père Gabriel Richard Elementary School

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Père Gabriel Richard Elementary School
View of Richard looking north from McKinley Ave
View of Richard looking north from McKinley Ave
"Excellence in Education"
176 McKinley Ave.
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, Wayne County 48236
United States
School type Public Elementary School
Established November 20, 1929 (1929-11-20)
Opened September 1930 (1930-09)
School district Grosse Pointe Public School System
Superintendent Dr. C. Suzanne Klein
Principal Ms. Mary MacDonald-Barrett
Grades K-5
Enrollment 386 (as of 2008-09)
Campus type Suburban
Color(s)          White and Blue
Song We're a grand old school,
with a high flying flag,
and our colors are white and blue
we're a place to learn,
a place to grow,
a place where our dreams can come true.
We will do our best,
to live up to the test,
and our honor's a certainty,
so hail, Richard,
you're number one,
and your memories will always be.
Mascot Ricky the Raccoon Raccoon (Procyon lotor) 2.jpg
Accreditation North Central Association
Publication Richard Review Newsletter
Communities served Grosse Pointe,
Grosse Pointe Farms
Feeder to Brownell Middle School
Père Gabriel Richard Elementary School
Père Gabriel Richard Elementary School is located in Michigan
Père Gabriel Richard Elementary School
Père Gabriel Richard Elementary School is located in USA
Père Gabriel Richard Elementary School
Location 176 McKinley Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
Coordinates 42°23′43″N 82°54′19″W / 42.3952°N 82.9052°W / 42.3952; -82.9052
Area 5 acres (2.0 ha)
Built November 20, 1929 (1929-11-20)
Architect Derrick, Robert O.
Kutsche, A. W., & Co.
NRHP Reference # 94000752[1]
Added to NRHP July 22, 1994

Père Gabriel Richard Elementary School, located in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, is one of nine elementary schools in the Grosse Pointe Public School System. Built in 1929 on McKinley Avenue between Ridge Road and Kercheval Avenue, Richard Elementary School is part of the Beverly Road Historic District, one of the most notable historic neighborhoods in the Grosse Pointes. Grosse Pointe South High School, Grosse Pointe Memorial Presbyterian Church, and Christ Church Grosse Pointe are also part of the historic district, and they all are located within a few blocks of each other. In 1994, Père Gabriel Richard Elementary School was added to the National Register of Historic Places for its architecture and engineering.


The Pere Gabriel Richard Elementary School, named after Father Gabriel Richard, first opened its doors in September 1930, with a population of 389 students.[2] The school was the second elementary school constructed in Grosse Pointe Farms. It was designed by local architect Robert O. Derrick, who also designed the National Historic Landmark Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. An addition to the building was constructed in 1962.


The school is two-and-a-half stories tall, constructed of two-color (red and buff) brick with stone trim and a slate mansard roof.[2] The interior of the structure features marble hallways, decorative plasterwork, and Pewabic tile fireplaces and fishponds.

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  1. ^ Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Pere Gabriel Richard Elementary School". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 

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