Paulinum High School (Münster)

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Paulinum high school
Paulinum high school
type of school high school
School number 167850
founding 797 (not clearly documented)

Am Stadtgraben 30

place Muenster
country North Rhine-Westphalia
Country Germany
Coordinates 51 ° 57 '36 "  N , 7 ° 37' 2"  E Coordinates: 51 ° 57 '36 "  N , 7 ° 37' 2"  E
carrier City of Munster
student 1017 (school year 2010/11)
Teachers 68 (school year 2010/11)
management Tobias Franke

The Paulinum grammar school in Münster , Westphalia, is the oldest grammar school in North Rhine-Westphalia and one of the oldest schools in the German-speaking area and in Europe.


Paulinum high school

The cathedral school in Münster is said to have been founded in 797. However, one cannot refer to a documentary mention, but to a decree of Charlemagne from 789 to set up a school in all monasteries and bishoprics . This should also have been the case in Münster, which at that time was still called “Mimigernafort”. The monastery was consecrated to St. Paul by Liudger in 797 , which is considered to be the beginning of the schola paulina .

This monastery school was reformed from around 1500 by Rudolf von Langen and Hermann von Kerssenbrock in the spirit of humanism and became a leading educational institution in northwest Germany with a presence in the Netherlands and the Baltic Sea .

In the course of the Counter Reformation , the Jesuits took over the Paulinum in 1588 and ran the school in the Jesuit College in Münster until the order was dissolved in 1773 . At that time the school was called the Collegium Monasterium.

Afterwards, Franz von Fürstenberg in particular, as minister and vicar general of the prince-bishop, shaped the redesign of the Paulinum under the sign of the ( Catholic ) Enlightenment . Close personal ties with the university , the foundation of which was laid with the granting of the privileges of a state university in 1773, ensured a high standard of teaching, which also qualified the Paulinum for the enlightened school reformers to test new subjects and methods (including the introduction of history - , math and geography lessons; upgrading of German language lessons).

Even when Münster became Prussian in 1815 , the Paulinum de facto remained a kind of state high school with a central function: Here school reform processes were tried out, which were later to be implemented in the other schools in the region.

The city of Münster did not take over the Paulinum until 1974, and co-education was introduced in 1978 . The grammar school has been participating in the self-employed school trial since 2002 and is trying to create its own profile based on humanistic tradition.

The age of the Carolinum grammar school in Osnabrück is comparable to that of the Paulinum. Therefore, since 2001, the title of “Germany's oldest school” has been awarded during a soccer game between these two schools.

On October 9, 2007, the Paulinum, together with 15 other schools from North Rhine-Westphalia, was one of the first schools in the state to be named a European school . Since April 2009 the Paulinum has also been an "IB World School" and is allowed to prepare students for the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) during the qualification phase . The lessons for this take place in English.

In the Middle Ages, the Jewish cemetery of the city of Münster was located on the current site of the school . This was leveled after the pogrom after the plague wave in 1350. The only surviving memorial stone from 1324 is in the synagogue of the Jewish community of Münster, after it was in the meantime at the newer Jewish cemetery in Münster . This is the oldest surviving Jewish tombstone in Westphalia. In 2015, the school's art course designed a memorial stone to commemorate the cemetery, which was erected on the school premises on April 29, 2015, after the financing of the 4,000 euro project was made possible by a sponsor from the economy.

Known students

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Known teachers


  • Ed. Günter Lassalle, collaboration with Manfred Derpmann: 1200 years Paulinum in Münster . Paulinum High School, Münster 1997.
  • Paulinum high school . Paulinum High School, Münster 1980.
  • Festschrift of the Paulinum grammar school in Münster . Paulinum High School, Münster 1959.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Annual Statistics 2010 ( Memento of the original from June 5, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. Office hours schedule
  3. Records: The oldest school (, Focus Schule Nr.2 (2009), accessed on February 24, 2016)
  4. ^ A b Westfälische Nachrichten : Paulinum or Carolinum: Which school is the oldest ?: Football game decides on honorary title , Münster, Johanna Ruschmeier, May 20, 2014
  5. Paulinum High School
  6. a b c d Westfälische Nachrichten : Graves under the Paulinum: The school grounds once housed the Jewish cemetery - students remember it , Münster, Karin Völker, February 6, 2015
  7. History of the Jewish cemetery on Einsteinstrasse , Marie-Theres Wacker, accessed on August 7, 2016
  8. ^ A b Remembrance-cultural school project at the Paulinum grammar school in Münster: Memorial stone for the former Jewish cemetery , Thomas Deibert, Birgit Seggewiß, accessed on August 7, 2016
  9. "The Jewish Cemetery Culture " on
  10. ^ Westfälische Nachrichten : Paulinum plans memorial stone: Remembrance of the Jewish cemetery , Münster, Münster, April 24, 2015