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König-Albert-Gymnasium 1912.jpg
The König-Albert-Gymnasium in 1912.
In the background the tower of the congress hall
type of school high school
founding 1880
closure 1947
place Leipzig
country Saxony
Country Germany
Coordinates 51 ° 20 ′ 53 "  N , 12 ° 22 ′ 20"  E Coordinates: 51 ° 20 ′ 53 "  N , 12 ° 22 ′ 20"  E

The König-Albert-Gymnasium was a state-run humanistic gymnasium for boys north of downtown Leipzig .


Location of the high school (1914)
Memorial plaque at the zoo parking garage

On an initiative of the city council dating back to 1872, the Kingdom of Saxony built a grammar school, which was the third in the city. The opening took place in 1880. The institution was initially called the Royal High School .

The building was located at Parthenstrasse 1, at the corner of Pfaffendorfer Strasse, i.e. directly opposite the entrance to the zoological garden . It was a three-story building with a clearly protruding middle section, which was raised compared to the neighboring sections and contained the auditorium on the second floor. The main front comprised 21 window axes with two side projections . There were specialist rooms for biology, chemistry, physics and music as well as two gyms.

With a view to the emerging Queen Carola High School , the school was named after the reigning monarch in 1900 and was henceforth called the King Albert High School . Many of the school's teachers worked alongside or later at the University of Leipzig as consultants, lecturers and professors. The good reputation of the school meant that the number of students rose quickly to around 600.

In the bombing of December 4, 1943 , the building was totally destroyed. After the rubble had been removed, the area was used as a parking lot, especially for the Leipzig Zoo, until the latter had its parking garage built here in 2004. After the bombing, lessons were temporarily continued in alternative quarters until the grammar school was closed in 1947 and the remaining classes were transferred to the "Karl Marx School".


  1. Richard Richter (1839–1901), 1880–1901
  2. Bernhard Gerth (1844-1911), 1901-1911
  3. Moritz Theodor Opitz (1851-1915), 1911-1915
  4. Ernst Schwabe (1858–1927), 1915–1923
  5. Hans Lamer (1873-1939), 1923-1931
  6. Franz Kemmerling (1890–?), From 1931

Known teachers

Known students

Postcard for the Mulus- Ball 1906 (depiction of the mule with the green Albertiner pupil 's hat)

The new König-Albert-Gymnasium

At the beginning of 1990, during the fall of the Wall , a group of Christian teachers was formed from the congregations of Leipzig and the surrounding area, with the aim of founding a Christian school. He also received approval from the Ministry of Culture in Saxony to found a state-sponsored ecumenical school. In July 1991 the school was assigned the school building Czermaks Garten 8 in Leipzig - a panel building school - and on August 26, 1991 the "König-Albert-Gymnasium under construction" with 285 students and 20 teachers started operations as a Christian / humanistic school . The school grew to over 500 students with 33 teachers. When the high schools in Leipzig were due to close in 1996, the König-Albert-Schule also came into focus and was finally closed in 1998 in response to protests from students, teachers and parents. The prefabricated building is currently used as an evening high school.

The League of Albertines

In 1991 the Federation of Albertiner eV was founded in Leipzig, initially with the aim of having an annual school meeting of the former students of the König-Albert-Gymnasium now also take place in Leipzig after it had taken place every two years in Bad Hersfeld before the fall of the Wall . After the approval of the new König-Albert-Gymnasium, the reconstruction of the destroyed school building was on the agenda, but had to be abandoned after it was closed. In 2002 a foundation for the König-Albert-Gymnasium Leipzig was established, the administration of which is now also the responsibility of the association. This foundation annually awards prizes for outstanding achievements in the context of humanistic high school education in the fields of ancient languages ​​(especially Latin), history and philosophy / religion / ethics. All pupils in grades 10 to 12 from the grammar schools in the area of ​​responsibility of the Saxon Education Agency , Leipzig Regional Office, are eligible to participate .


  • Program of the Royal High School in Leipzig . Leipzig 1881–1885 ( digitized version )
  • Annual report of the Royal High School in Leipzig . Leipzig 1886–1900 ( digitized version )
  • Annual report of the König-Albert-Gymnasium in Leipzig . Leipzig 1901–1937 ( digitized version )
  • Alfred Baldamus: The König-Albert-Gymnasium in Leipzig during the first twenty-five years of its existence. (1880-1905) . In: Annual report of the König-Albert-Gymnasium in Leipzig. Leipzig 1905 ( digitized version )
  • König Albert-Gymnasium (Royal High School until 1900) in Leipzig (publisher): Student album 1880-1904 / 05 , Friedrich Gröber, Leipzig 1905.

Web links

Commons : König-Albert-Gymnasium  - Collection of pictures

Individual evidence

  1. a b The history of the König-Albert-Gymnasium (1880–1947) on the website of the Federation of Albertines
  2. Leipzig Lexicon
  3. Walter Brugmann attended grammar school from Easter 1897 (sixth) to the school year 1902/03 and then switched to the Königin-Carola-Gymnasium , which he left with the school leaving certificate.
  4. Hans Ludwig Ernst Finkelstein (born May 17, 1885 in Leipzig-Lindenau) was the son of the factory owner Berthold Finkelstein. He attended grammar school from Easter 1896 until September 27, 1901. The Finkelstein reaction is named after the doctor of chemistry .
  5. Willy Karl Max Emil Foy (born November 27, 1873 in Leipzig; † 1929), ethnologist , attended grammar school from Easter 1883 to Michaelis 1888, studied at the University of Leipzig from 1892 to 1895 , came to Cologne via Dresden , where he studied at first director of the municipal Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum für Völkerkunde was appointed.
  6. ^ Sándor Kästner in the professorial catalog of the University of Leipzig
  7. ^ Fritz Otto Klasing (1872–1949), publisher and bookseller, attended grammar school from Easter 1883 to Michaelis 1888. He was the son and successor of Otto Klasing (1841–1888), head of the Velhagen & Klasing branch in Leipzig.
  8. Hilmar Max Johannes Klasing (* March 16, 1874 in Gohlis; † March 2, 1944 in Leipzig) attended grammar school from Easter 1885 to Michaelis 1888 and Easter 1892 to Easter 1893. He was a publisher in Leipzig and became known for publishing School wall maps.
  9. Ernst Gustav Noack (1865–1906) attended grammar school from Easter 1880 to Easter 1884. The doctor of medicine was professor of anatomical instruction at the Dresden Art Academy from 1894 until his death
  10. ^ Curt Paulus (1876–1958), actor, attended high school from Easter 1887 to Easter 1893
  11. Dr. phil. Ernst Philipp Reclam (born March 21, 1876 in Leipzig) attended grammar school from 1886 to 1896, which he left with the school leaving certificate. From 1920 he ran the Reclam publishing house with his younger brother Hans Emil . He was the grandson of the company's founder, Anton Philipp Reclam . Ernst Reclam died on March 6, 1953 in Bad Heilbrunn .
  12. Hans-Emil Reclam (born March 31, 1881 in Leipzig) was the younger brother of Ernst Reclam. He only attended grammar school briefly from Easter 1891 to Michaelis 1891. Hans-Emil Reclam died in 1943.
  13. ^ Siegfried Rietschel (1871–1912), German lawyer and legal historian, grandson of Ernst Rietschel , attended grammar school from 1887 to 1889 and left it with the school leaving certificate. His brother, Ernst Rietschel (born June 2, 1872 in Rüdigsdorf ), was also a student at the grammar school, which he attended from 1887 to 1891 and left with the school leaving certificate. He died in 1960 as superintendent of Oschatz .
  14. ^ Hugo Karl Cornelius Wach (1872–1939), German architect, brother of Felix Wach, attended grammar school from Easter 1882 to Easter 1891, which he left with the school leaving certificate.
  15. The history of the König-Albert-Gymnasium (1991–1998) on the website of the Federation of Albertines
  16. Bund der Albertiner eV
  17. König-Albert-Gymnasium Foundation