Friedrichswerdersches Gymnasium

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Until the fire of 1794, the Friedrichswerder grammar school was housed in the Friedrichswerder town hall.

The Friedrichswerdersche Gymnasium (also: Friedrich-Werdersches or Friedrichwerdersches Gymnasium ) was one of the traditional Berlin humanistic high schools with many well-known students.


On the orders of the Great Elector , the grammar school was founded in 1681 as part of the expansion of the city of Berlin under city patronage and was open to the French and German Protestant denominations. Joachim Lange became rector in 1698 , later a theologian at the University of Halle . Classes were held until the fire in 1794 in the town hall of Friedrichswerder instead. In 1742 the grammar school merged with the Friedrichstadt grammar school. Friedrich Gedike established Berlin's first grammar school teachers' seminar here in 1787 , the seminar for learned schools , with six to eight seminarians - including Friedrich Schleiermacher  - and made the school known, especially through the public exams. Around 1800 only 50 boys attended the school on Oberwasserstraße at Werderschen Markt . From 1825 on, classes took place in the “Fürstenhaus” on Kurstraße, at times together with the trade school .

In the 19th century, the Friedrichswerder Gymnasium with the Gray Monastery , the Köllnisches Gymnasium , the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Gymnasium , the Joachimsthaler Gymnasium and the French Gymnasium , which was separated from it in 1824 as the first Realgymnasium , belonged to the renowned higher schools in Berlin and Prussia, which opened around 1840 together had about 1960 students, 350 of them at Friedrichswerderschen.

Friedrich Werdersches Gymnasium in Dorotheenstrasse, 1878

In 1875 they moved into a new building in Dorotheenstraße , which had been built according to an overall concept by City Inspector Hanel von Hermann Blankenstein , together with the Dorotheenstädtische Realgymnasium in Georgenstraße; the grammar school on the east corner of Friedrichstraße , the Dorotheenstädtische Realgymnasium on the corner of Georgenstraße. In 1908 the grammar school moved into the school building designed by Ludwig Hoffmann in Berlin-Moabit on Bochumer Strasse (from 1937 used by the Beuth University of Technology Berlin , today used by the Berlin State Technical School ). There was also the Friedrichswerder high school (previously a trade school ).

The high school existed until the evacuation due to air raids by the Allies on Berlin in 1943/44.


School building in Bochumer Strasse (2012)




Individual evidence

  1. Zimmermann, C. In: General housing gazette for Berlin, Charlottenburg and surroundings , 1825. "Professor and director of the Fr. Wilhelms-Gymnasium, Oberwasserstraße 10".
  2. ^ Ribbeck, W. In: General Housing Gazette for Berlin, Charlottenburg and surroundings , 1830. "Prof. and director of the Fr. Werder-Gymnasium, Kurstraße 52 ”(Ribbeck's first name is indicated here with“ W ”).
  3. Bonnel, E. In: Allgemeiner Wohnungsanzeiger für Berlin, Charlottenburg und Umgebung , 1848, part I, p. 47. “Professor and director of the Fr. Werder-Gymnasium, Werderscher Markt 7” (the surname is here only with an “l "Specified.).
  4. Goldbeck, Ernst . In: Berliner Adreßbuch , 1920, Part I, p. 786. “Dr. Phil. Gymnasium Director, NW21 ”.