Carl Schurz School

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Carl Schurz School
Carl Schurz School
type of school high school
founding 1901

Holbeinstrasse 21-23

place Frankfurt am Main
country Hesse
Country Germany
Coordinates 50 ° 6 '0 "  N , 8 ° 40' 36"  E Coordinates: 50 ° 6 '0 "  N , 8 ° 40' 36"  E
carrier town Frankfurt am Main
student about 1000
Teachers about 76
management Hans-Ulrich Wyneken

The Carl-Schurz-Schule ( CSS for short ) is a grammar school in the Sachsenhausen district of Frankfurt am Main . Around 1000 students are taught by around 76 teachers at the school. The school is named after the German revolutionary and later Interior Minister of the United States Carl Schurz .


The Carl-Schurz-Schule was founded in April 1901 as the Sachsenhausen high school. This was preceded by decades of demands from the Sachsenhausen citizenry that there had to be a higher school in Frankfurt south of the Main . Four years later, in April 1905, it was expanded to create an upper secondary school, a type of school that was particularly popular in the early 20th century due to its focus on the natural sciences and technology . In 1937 the upper secondary school was converted into a high school. This had consequences for the teaching concept: The upper secondary school (today's eleventh grade) split into a linguistic and a mathematical- scientific branch, the school time was shortened to eight years and the first foreign language was English . Latin followed from the fourth (7th grade) ; French didn't start until high school .

During an air raid during the Second World War , a bomb fell on Holbeinstrasse next to the school building on January 29, 1944. When the basement collapsed, five students were killed. Two months later, on the night of March 22nd to 23rd, 1944, the school building was hit and largely destroyed.

After the end of the war, on January 7, 1946, the Sachsenhausen high school was reopened in the building of the Freiherr-vom-Stein-Schule . The college consisted of only five teachers approved by the American military government . In 1948 the school was renamed the Carl Schurz School . The ruins of the old school building were torn down in the 1950s and replaced by a new building. On February 15, 1957, classes began in the new building, which has, among other things, an indoor swimming pool .

The school was completely renovated between 2009 and 2012. In this context, an extension was built on part of the school yard, which extends over 3 floors. This extension with 12 additional classrooms made the school's branch office on Schweizer Platz superfluous.

During the renovation, the school was located in the opposite "rose garden" as a pavilion school .

In 2002 the Carl Schurz School hit the headlines across Germany in connection with the Jakob von Metzler kidnapping case . Because it wasn't just Jakob's school, his murderer Magnus Gäfgen also attended it until he graduated from high school in 1995. Today a memorial stone and a tree in the front yard of the school commemorate the deed.

Lessons focus

The school offers several so-called profile focal points that can be selected by students and parents. These include:

  • Focus on music ( music lessons extended by an hour in which students learn to play a classical string instrument )
  • Focus on natural sciences ( physics / chemistry working groups from year 5)
  • Focus on French (French as the first, English as the second foreign language; possibly Latin as a third foreign language possible)
  • Second foreign language from the fifth grade (in the language sequence French / English or English / Latin)

For the area of ​​classical music education, the Carl-Schurz-Schule has been recognized by the Hessian state government as a school with a focus on music .

Well-known former students

Memorial stone for Jakob von Metzler in front of the main building

Horst Staudacher (* 1939) st. Professional racing cyclist, German champion of the stayers 1965

Known teachers

  • Wilhelm Zint (1860–1954) - 1901–1926 Head of Studies (mathematics, biology, gymnastics)
  • Herbert Hess (1933–2015) - teacher (music, history, English speaking), jazz musician


  • Festschrift for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Sachsenhausen secondary school in Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt aM in March 1926
  • Wilhelm Opatz and Deutscher Werkbund Hessen (ed.): Frankfurt 1950-1959 Niggli-Verlag, 2014, ISBN 978-3-7212-0906-8

Web links

Commons : Carl-Schurz-Schule  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files