Heinrich-Suso-Gymnasium Konstanz

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Heinrich-Suso-Gymnasium Konstanz
Suso Gymnasium Konstanz.JPG
type of school high school
founding 1604

Neuhauser Strasse 1

place Constancy
country Baden-Württemberg
Country Germany
Coordinates 47 ° 40 '11 "  N , 9 ° 11' 12"  E Coordinates: 47 ° 40 '11 "  N , 9 ° 11' 12"  E
student around 700 (as of 2017)
management Patrick Hartleitner
Website suso.schulen.konstanz.de

The Heinrich-Suso-Gymnasium is a humanistic high school in Konstanz , in the Petershausen district .

Lessons offered

Language sequence

Latin from 5th grade, English from 5th grade, ancient Greek , alternatively French or NWT (nature, science & technology) from 8th grade. After the 9th grade, Latin can be dropped and Spanish can be chosen as the fourth foreign language.

Gifted train

There has been a highly gifted train (HBZ) since 2009 . High-performing and capable students with an IQ of at least 130 are encouraged. The catchment area includes the district of Constance and the Lake Constance district . A minimum of 16 students are required to form an entrance class. The gifted classes have two hours more lessons per week than the regular classes.


The grammar school was founded in 1604 as a Jesuit Lyceum and approved by Pope Clement VIII in the same year . In some cases it served as a preliminary to university. From 1774 it was called Collegium Josephinum , 1948 was after the famous, from Konstanz originating mystics Heinrich (of) Suso and Henry Suso named to the value of the "formation of the heart" in post-war Germany to stress. Another famous child of the city of Konstanz, the legal scholar Ulrich Zasius , was also up for debate as the namesake.

On January 16, 1604, the formal founding took place with the recognition by Pope Clement VIII. School operations started with 250 students. On October 17, 1607, 450 students entered the Jesuit- run Lyceum . After the University of Freiburg im Breisgau was relocated to Constance (1686–1698), there were conflicts over the chairs for philosophy, canon law and controversial theology. On November 9, 1773, the Jesuit order was dissolved in the course of secularization . The school's facilities remained untouched and some of them were even transferred to the school. In 1774 only 81 pupils attended the school. The lyceum was called the "Collegium Josephinum" and became a state-Austrian school and in 1784 a grammar school.

After the city was occupied by French troops in 1797, the grammar school was expanded to become the university's pre-school and 6 new subjects (poetics, rhetoric, syntax, grammar and rudiments I, II) were added to the curriculum. In 1800 theology degrees took place despite the ongoing war, it was a popular, neutral study place between Austria and France. In 1823 there were again 309 students, the school fee from 1828 was 14 guilders a year.

In 1834 the “Higher Citizens School ” (modern-language-mathematical) was added. Teachers from both schools taught here together. In 1848 the Bürgererschule (today the Alexander von Humboldt Gymnasium) became independent. Quite a few teachers moved into the Baden Revolution in 1849 together with older students under Friedrich Hecker . The school did not take exams because of the "disastrous events".

Since 1864 the pupils of the Konradihaus attended the grammar school as an archbishopric Konvikt (training for Catholic priests). The catchment area now extended to the Black Forest and Hegau. Often 30–50% of a class were pupils of the Konvikt. The reopening of the Konradihaus after the " Baden Kulturkampf " took place in 1886. There were 39 high school graduates, of which 18 studied theology, 7 medicine, 3 cameral science, and 6 went to the military.

In 1901 the first female student passed the entrance examination, in 1905 there were already 6 girls among the students.

In 1903 about 370 students attended the school. The St. Konrad grammar school church (today the Christ Church ) was given to the Old Catholics . The move to the current building at Neuhauser Straße 1 took place in 1910/1911. According to the records of 1919, 47 pupils and 3 teachers out of a total of 182 combatants had died, and there were support courses for returnees.

After the National Socialists came to power in 1933, Hermann Venedey protested in writing against the hoisting of the swastika flag and left school. From 1934 the class teachers had to check the HJ or BDM affiliation of the students. From 1940 the school building was mostly used as a hospital . Many teachers and students were called up for military service and transferred to the Western Front . The French invaded Constance in 1945.

In 1948 the name was given to Heinrich Seuse or Suso. In 1951 400 pupils attended the school and paid full school fees of 200 DM. However, 168 pupils received support through a sibling discount and 143 a gifted scholarship. Out of 51 students, only 40 passed the upper school examination , which was abolished in 1952.

In 1973 the number of students had risen to 567 (in a ratio of 359: 208). In the upper school, 3 classes focused on science and 4 classes on language (language laboratories since 1971). In 1985, the school conference decided that Greek and French could be chosen from year 9 onwards. Hebrew was omitted until 1995.

2002 saw the "reform of the reform" of the upper school . Advanced courses have been partially abolished, but specialty subjects for 4 hours per week and other oral Abitur examination subjects have been set up. For the 400th anniversary in 2004 there were around 700 students. In 2011 the 100th anniversary of the school took place. The student representatives were elected by the entire student body for the first time in 2013.


In the library (Jesuit library) from 1604 books from four centuries are kept, including manuscripts. It is accessible to scholars via interlibrary loan from the University Library of Konstanz as well as to teachers and students at Heinrich-Suso-Gymnasium. The initial inventory of 300 books comes from the estate of the Konstanz canon and vicar general Theodorich Greiss. The library comprises 24,500 volumes (as of 2016).

Stumbling stone for Hermann Venedey, who protested against the hoisting of the swastika flag in 1933

Known students

Known teachers



  • Conrad Gröber: History of the Jesuit College and High School in Constance . Constance: Verlag A. Streicher, 1904.
  • Anniversary script to celebrate the three hundredth anniversary of the Lyceum and Gymnasium in Konstanz. Cosmographia 1604-1904. October 18th (contributions to the history of the grammar school). Constance: Stadler Verlag, 1904.
  • Theodor Humpert (Ed.): Heinrich-Suso-Gymnasium Konstanz, anniversary publication to celebrate the 350th anniversary - October 16, 17 and 18, 1954 . Constance: Head of Heinrich-Suso-Gymnasium, 1954.
  • Helmut Maurer : Martin Heidegger as a classmate . In: Ernst Ziegler (Ed.): Art and culture around Lake Constance. Ten years of the Langenargen Museum. Ceremony for Eduard Hindelang . Thorbecke, Sigmaringen, 1986. ISBN 3-7995-4099-7 , pp. 343-361.
  • Andreas Beck: The Blessed Suso's unholy pupil: Stories from school from Konstanz . Konstanz: Clio-Verlag, 2003. ISBN 3-00-011946-9 .
  • Heinrich-Suso-Gymnasium, Konstanz (Ed.): 400 years Heinrich-Suso-Gymnasium Konstanz 1604–2004 . Concept, text and image editing: Wilfried Danner and Ulrich Zeller. Bad Buchau: Federsee-Verlag, 2004, 367 pages, ISBN 3-925171-55-X .

To the library of the grammar school

  • Otto Kunzer: Catalog of the Grand Ducal High School Library in Constance . Constance: Stadler Verlag, 1893.
  • W. Martens: First addendum to the catalog of the Grand Ducal High School Library in Konstanz (the library grew from 1893 to 1902). Constance: Stadler Verlag 1902.
  • Eugen Linden: Second addendum to the catalog of the Grand Ducal High School Library in Konstanz (the library grew from 1903 to 1925). Constance: Upper Baden Publishing House 1926.
  • Ulrich Zeller (text and picture editing): 400 years of the Suso library: 1604–2004 ; ed. from Heinrich-Suso-Gymnasium. Bad Buchau: Federsee-Verlag, 2004, ISBN 3-925171-59-2 .

Web links

Commons : Heinrich-Suso-Gymnasium Konstanz  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Kirsten Schlüter: Investing in bright minds. In: Südkurier from December 19, 2016.
  2. Waltraud Liebl-Kopitzki: A very special gift. The first highly gifted train graduated from high school on Suso. In: City of Konstanz (ed.): "Konstanzer Almanach 2018", Stadler Verlagsgesellschaft, Konstanz 2018.
  3. ^ Heinrich-Suso-Gymnasium Konstanz, library. In: www.suso.schulen.konstanz.de. Archived from the original on January 5, 2017 ; accessed on April 21, 2020 .
  4. Julia Russ: A perfect place for book lovers. In: Südkurier of October 18, 2016, p. 21.
  5. Program of the Grand Ducal Lyceum in Constanz as an invitation to the public examinations and the award of prizes on August 16-19, 1854 , Jakob Stadler, Konstanz 1854, p. 21, full text in the Google book search