6 Names: Beater, Ivanovs, Lisicins, Ruckis, Sadovskis, Tailovs (Tajlovs)
The girls gymnasium of Ludmila Ivanovna Tailova with Russian teaching language was established in 1884. That year there were 8 girl students in the school. Next year their number grew to 39 students. It took 7 years till in 1891 the school comprised all 8 grades needed for a girls gymnasium in the Empire.
The information about this school was found in the booklet written to celebrate 25 years of the school in 1909. The booklet also informed that in January 1909 the school consisted of two preparatory grades, 7 regular grades and of an additional pedagogical grade.
At that time 329 students of the following religious confessions were enrolled in the school:
All speakers at the 25 years celebration of the school spoke about the great work in promotion of the Russian culture and the language done by the school. To some extent that was right, because the school had only 45% of Russian (Orthodox) students.
Rather interesting is the percentage of Jewish girls - 17.3%. It follows that the school had enrolled much more than the allowed 5% of Jewish students, which was possible evidently because the school was private and existed only by the fees of students.
The principal of the school was Ludmila Ivanovna Tailova but in the staff there were also her sisters:
At the moment of the foundation there were not so many gymnasia for girls in Riga. 25 years later the school received congratulations from the following Riga girl schools:
I have a photograph of the 7th grade of Tailova's school with the names of all of the students. The photograph was found in the archive of Tatjana Ivanova. She graduated from the school in 1915, and in 1909 she was at the 1st grade and read the congratulation to the school, as it was mentioned in the booklet.
The school also existed after the WW1, but I do not know when and why it was liquidated. The telephone directory of 1935 provided its address (Riga, Antonijas 13) but that of 1939 did not mention it.
In the TD 1935 the name was spelled as Tailova therefore I have chosen this spelling, though I think it would be more correct to spell the name in Latvian as Tajlova.
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