Collège Calvin

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Collège Calvin
Collège Calvin
type of school General secondary school of upper secondary level
founding 1559

Rue Théodore-de-Bèze 2–4
Case postale 3144
1211 Genève 3

place Geneva
Canton Geneva
Country Switzerland
Coordinates 500574  /  117419 coordinates: 46 ° 12 '3 "  N , 6 ° 9' 2"  O ; CH1903:  500574  /  117419
management Dolorès Meyer

The Collège Calvin is a general secondary school of upper secondary level (École d'enseignement général) in the Swiss city ​​of Geneva . It was founded in 1559 by the Geneva reformer Jean Calvin , making it one of the oldest public schools in the world.

Unlike in Basel , where a university was founded before the Reformation in 1460, a hundred years later Jean Calvin decided to found an independent university without university status, which would have required the consent of the Pope in Rome and which was the foundation stone for today's high school put.


The building, which was built when it opened in 1559, was initially shared with the University of Geneva (Université de Genève), which was also founded in 1559, and only later did the university move into its own building. The school was expanded several times with further buildings, for example during the Renaissance , in the 19th century and most recently in 1987. In 1969 the school was given its current name in honor of its founder. Before that, the school was simply called le Collège or Collège de Genève and was the only school for boys in Geneva leading to the Matura .


The students of the Collège Calvin in the middle of the 19th century included Henry Dunant and Gustave Moynier , two of the five co-founders of the International Committee of the Red Cross , and at the beginning of the 20th century the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges and the Swiss writer Friedrich Glauser .

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