Raymond Queneau (1903-1976), Armand Salacrou (1899-1989), Georges Limbour (1900-1970) et Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) recount their friendship as students at the same high school.

The high school is also mentioned by Michel Leiris (1901-1990), who is not from Le Havre, but who became friends with local artists and authors, as well as with Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980).

L.-F. Céline (1894-1961) mentioned his grandfather, who taught at the high school in Le Havre, in the introduction to Guignol’s Band, as well as in various letters, including one to his publisher Gaston Gallimard.

Pascal Quignard (born 1948) probably offered the most extensive description of the high school he attended while it was still in ruins after the 1944 bombings. His own father taught there.

Armand Frémont (born 1933) relates the route he walked as a teenager from the Gobelins to the high school, thus shaping his memory of the city.