Bismarck-Gymnasium Karlsruhe

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Bismarck-Gymnasium Karlsruhe
Bismarck-Gymnasium Karlsruhe.jpg
type of school high school
founding 1586

Bismarckstrasse 8

place Karlsruhe
country Baden-Württemberg
Country Germany
Coordinates 49 ° 0 '48 "  N , 8 ° 23' 42"  E Coordinates: 49 ° 0 '48 "  N , 8 ° 23' 42"  E
student about 500 (April 2019)
Teachers about 50
management Julia Hartenstein

The Bismarck-Gymnasium , together with the Markgrafen-Gymnasium, is the oldest humanistic gymnasium in Karlsruhe . The Bismarck- Gymnasium , named after the founder of the Empire, Otto Fürst von Bismarck , is the only school in Karlsruhe where Latin is compulsory for all fifth graders and which offers the opportunity to learn four foreign languages . The school is located next to the St. Dominikus-Gymnasium on Bismarckstraße . Since 2004 there has also been a European high school that combines two modern languages ​​with the ancient languages Latin and Ancient Greek .


The Bismarck high school goes back to the illustrious high school founded in 1586 under Margrave Ernst Friedrich Am Zwinger in the center of Durlach . In 1724, Margrave Karl Wilhelm moved the Princely School to the new residential city of Karlsruhe, merged it with the Athenaeum, which had only been founded three years earlier, and appointed its director, Johann Caspar Malsch , the first Karlsruhe historian, as rector. Since the grammar school in Durlach also remained, the Markgrafen grammar school in Durlach and the Bismarck grammar school have the same roots. Initially the Karlsruhe Princely School was located in Langen Straße (today: Kaiserstraße ), from 1807/24 in the two wings of the city ​​church on the market square. From 1806 to 1872 the school was called Lyzeum or Karlsruhe Lyceum , from 1872 to 1938 the Grand Ducal Gymnasium . From 1871 to 1874, a new school building was built in Bismarckstrasse according to plans by Heinrich Leonhard , which has since housed the grammar school. In 1938 the school was given its current name, named after Prince Otto von Bismarck, the founder of the Reich.

The poet Johann Peter Hebel attended the school from 1774 to 1778; He was its director from 1808 to 1814.

Carl Benz , the inventor of the automobile, and Karl Freiherr von Drais, the inventor of the bicycle and the typewriter, emerged from the oldest grammar school in Karlsruhe .


The Bismarck-Gymnasium has had a “gifted train” since the school year 2008/09, which is offered for grades 5–10, with one class for highly gifted students per year. In addition, there is an optional “string train” for the 5th and 6th grades, in which the music lessons are replaced by playing string instruments together. The Bismarck-Gymnasium offers from 8th grade instead of science and technology also studied ancient Greek and French on. In addition, the Bismarck-Gymnasium organizes a sailing country school every year for the ninth grade.


The offer of the Bismarck-Gymnasium also includes extracurricular activities; These include various working groups (AG), but also sports tournaments and celebrations.

The working groups of the Bismarck-Gymnasium are also successful at the federal level, the chess group achieved 5th place in WK IV at the German school chess championships in 2019, WK II 3rd place.

Former teachers and students

Bismarck monument by Karl Friedrich Moest near the school


  • Karl Friedrich Vierordt : History of the middle school opened in 1586 in Durlach and transplanted to Karlsruhe in 1724 . Karlsruhe 1859 ( digitized version ).
  • Johann Anselm Steiger: Johann Peter Hebels studies at the Karlsruhe high school illustrious. A contribution to the history of the margravial college. In: Zeitschrift für die Geschichte des Oberrheins 163, 2013, pp. 221–249 ( digitized version ).

Individual evidence

  1. The Bismarck High School. In: Retrieved April 16, 2019 .
  2. School management and contact. In: Retrieved April 10, 2020 .
  3. DSM WK IV 23 - 26 May 2019 in Bad Homburg . Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  4. DSM WK II May 22-26, 2019 in Berlin . Retrieved October 16, 2019.

Web links

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