Canton school Enge

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Canton school Enge
The main building of KS Enge 2018
type of school High school and business school
founding 1833/1904

Steinentischstrasse 10
8002 Zurich

place Zurich
Canton Zurich
Country Switzerland
Coordinates 682 311  /  246712 coordinates: 47 ° 21 '58 "  N , 8 ° 31' 42"  O ; CH1903:  six hundred and eighty-two thousand three hundred eleven  /  246712
carrier Canton Zurich
student about 1000
Teachers 163 (2017)
management Moritz Spillmann (Rector)
View of the Enge Cantonal School from Steinentischstrasse
View of the main building and the natural sciences wing shared with the Freudenberg Cantonal School

The canton school Enge (KEN) in Zurich is a public high school in the canton of Zurich . In the vernacular, the school used to be known as "Handeli" after its old name as "Kantonale Handelsschule Zürich". She shares with the district school Freudenberg the schoolhouse conditioning Freudenberg that the most important works of Swiss architecture in the second half of the 20th century belongs.


The canton school Enge offers a federally recognized Matura with an economic or modern language profile as well as a commercial diploma with a professional Matura. All training courses last four years, the commercial secondary school (HMS) includes a year of internship. As a so-called short-term high school, the canton school Enge does not run a Progymnasium. The IT middle school (IMS +) was given up in 2012.

Profile economy and law

In addition to the modern languages ​​French and English or Italian, the profile economics and law includes a broad general education in economic and legal areas. In addition, as in all Matura profiles, there is basic training in the natural, human and social sciences. A wide range of supplementary and elective subjects enables further individual design of the course. Within this profile there is an immersion course in German and English, which ends with a bilingual Matura .

Profile New Languages

The focus of the “New Languages” profile is on modern foreign languages. In addition to German, French and English, Italian, Spanish or Russian can be chosen as a major. From the language group English, French and Italian, at least two must be chosen as basic subjects. In addition, as in all Matura profiles, there is basic training in the natural, human and social sciences. A wide range of supplementary and elective subjects enables further individual design of the course.

International cooperation and sustainability

Within the profiles Business and Law as well as New Languages ​​with Spanish there is the possibility of being assigned to a so-called accent class. The “International Cooperation and Sustainability” accent course offers additional opportunities to deepen in interdisciplinary modules theoretically and practically in the areas of social and natural sciences in the accent areas. Part of the course is the completion of an exchange program with a partner school abroad and participation in national and international aid projects.

Commercial secondary school (HMS)

This training course consists of a three-year school education and a one-year internship in a company. The focus of the school education is on the imparting of a basic broad general education with a focus on business subjects, computer science and the modern languages ​​German, French, English and Italian or Spanish. The training course concludes with a federal diploma in business administration and the commercial vocational baccalaureate . In contrast to the Matura courses, the aim of this training is professional qualification and not academic maturity. However, the vocational baccalaureate enables access to technical colleges .

Free subjects

Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian are offered as optional subjects in all profiles. Voluntary specialization in the musical and sporting areas as well as in journalism, theater and dance is also possible.


The building of the “New Cantonal School” on Rämistrasse housed the Cantonal Commercial School of Zurich until 1959
View of the two school buildings in the Freudenberg canton school complex: in the background the Enge canton school building, on the left the Freudenberg canton school building
The auditorium of the two canton schools in Freudenberg-Enge
The large staircase leading from the auditorium to the Enge canton school
View of the school building of the Enge Cantonal School from the auditorium

Today's Canton School Enge goes back to the Industrial School , one of the two departments of the former Canton School Zurich, which was founded on April 22, 1833. From 1842 there was a special "mercantilist" school within the industrial school. H. commercial branch. According to the Education Act of 1859, the industrial school should be aimed primarily at students “who are dedicated to technical or commercial professions”. In 1867, the two lower classes of the industrial school were abolished, as the now heavily expanded secondary schools replaced them. In contrast to the grammar school - the other department of the canton school - the path to the industrial school therefore led through the secondary school. In 1904, the government council of the canton of Zurich decided to separate the commercial department of the industrial school as the “Zurich Cantonal Commercial School” in order to benefit from federal subsidies in accordance with the federal decree on the promotion of commercial education of April 15, 1891. From the trunk of the industrial school, the upper secondary school emerged in 1928 and finally the mathematical and natural science grammar school. The then rector of the industrial school, Fritz Hunziker, became the first rector of the Zurich commercial school.

The commercial school was initially a four-year vocational commercial diploma school that competed with the part-time apprenticeship training of the commercial association (KV). However, she concentrated entirely on theoretical training and the imparting of broad general knowledge. In 1917 the training was supplemented by a commercial school. After the second year of school, the students had to choose the diploma or Matura branch. In 1964, the course was reorganized with the aim of expanding the commercial high school diploma into a business high school with a federally recognized high school diploma. Since then, the students have opted for the diploma or Matura type when entering. The permeability of the system was guaranteed to the extent that graduates of the commercial school with a sufficiently high grade average could also obtain the Matura in a three-semester transition class. In order to gain access to universities, however, additional examinations had to be taken in some cases until 1974, since the Matura was only recognized by the cantons. As the oldest and most important business school, the old "Handeli" was one of the most important business management schools in the canton of Zurich for decades.

In 1959, the cantonal commercial school with around 700 students and part of the secondary school (today Freudenberg canton school) moved into the newly built Freudenberg school complex in the Enge district. It was then called "Cantonal Commercial School Freudenberg", while the Realgymnasium appeared as "Gymnasium Freudenberg".

In 1972, on the occasion of a reform of the Federal Matura Recognition Ordinance, the business high school was recognized as Matura type E with free access to all Swiss universities. In 1974 the canton of Zurich achieved recognition for its cantonal business schools. In the course of the introduction of new names for the decentralized former cantonal school in Zurich, the government council assigned the current canton school Enge the name “Wirtschaftsgymnasium und Handelsschule Freudenberg” in 1972, but then introduced the cumbersome name “Kantonsschule Freudenberg, Wirtschaftsgymnasium und Handelsschule” from 1976–1980.

In 1976 the Canton of Zurich took over the daughter schools from the City of Zurich and at the same time introduced co-education in all secondary schools. In the 1976/77 school year, therefore, the first mixed-gender classes began in the commercial school and the commercial high school. In 1979, the two business-oriented training courses were finally supplemented by a new language profile (type D). In order to better differentiate the business high school from today's Freudenberg high school with a high school and linguistic profile, the canton of Zurich also approved the renaming of the business high school with commercial school to "Kantonsschule Enge" in 1980. With the introduction of the business baccalaureate, the proportion of business school in the total number of students fell / inside steadily. In the 1981/82 school year, 330 commercial students were still in 17 classes, while in the 2008/09 school year 120 HMS + students were divided into 6 classes. On the other hand, there was strong growth in the departments of the Business Matura and the Department of New Languages, so that since 1980 the total number of students has been constant between around 900 and 1000 people.

With around 1,000 students and 150 teachers, the Enge Cantonal School is one of the larger secondary schools in the Canton of Zurich.

Student organization of the canton school Enge (SO KEN)

SO KEN is an association run by students from the Enge Cantonal School and mainly organizes special events for the student body.

Association of alumni of the canton school Enge

The Alumni Association of the Enge Cantonal School in Zurich has existed for over 100 years and today has around 2,500 former graduates of the Enge Cantonal School and the former Cantonal Commercial School. The aim of the association is to promote the cohesion of the school leavers and to provide a platform to maintain the existing networks and build new ones. In addition, however, contact with the school should be maintained and specific school projects should be financially supported.

Reports from former classes, from school and about the school as well as current articles on economic or political topics are published by alumni of the KEN in the quarterly association organ "m - people - opinion - messages".

Another activity is the regular contact aperitifs. Here, KEN alumni report on their careers and activities. With the event "Former meet maturae et maturi", the association actively participates in KEN school life. On the work and study day for the 4th grade, four alumni are available to the high school graduates in a panel discussion for questions about work life and careers.

If you pass the final examination at KEN you automatically become a member of the Alumni Association. An annual fee is charged after one year.

kenSing (former choir)

In December 2014 the choir "kenSing | Alumni-Chor der Kanti Enge" was founded by alumni of the canton school Enge. The name is made up of the abbreviation for the Kantonsschule Enge (KEN) and the English word for singing. He currently has around 40 young singers who come together every Wednesday to sing and rehearse in their former school. With its social activities in addition to music, kenSing is an important meeting place and unites generations of students and young professionals from various fields.

kenSing has the ambition to be able to sing many different types of music. Her repertoire includes spirituals and gospels, jazz and ragtime as well as musicals and traditional Swiss songs, including various a cappella arrangements. Since April 2016, kenSing has officially been an association under Swiss law and is run on a voluntary basis by the founding board. The choir is musically led by Dr. Martin Jäger, the long-time head of the music department at the Enge Cantonal School.


From 2004 to 2009, the high school graduation party at the canton school was called Enge Kensation and was also the largest high school graduation party in Switzerland. After the first edition in the barracks, the events of 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009 took place in the X-Tra . In 2008 it was carried out in the Volkshaus .

Due to the successful concept, the Maturfuer of the grammar schools in Köniz-Lerbermatt , Muristalden and Kirchenfeld in Bern's Bierhübeli took place from 2007 to 2010 under the same name , whereby these schools are otherwise not connected to the canton school Enge.


The canton school Enge maintains various partnerships abroad:

Well-known alumni



  • Fritz Hunziker, 1904–1907
  • Theophil Bernet, 1907-1935
  • Oskar Guyer, 1935-1947
  • Walter Corrodi, 1947–1962
  • Ernst Kilgus, 1962–1968
  • Walter P. Schmid, 1969–1982
  • Walter Büsch, 1982–1996
  • Beat Wüthrich, 1996-2010
  • Christoph Wittmer, 2010–2018
  • Moritz Spillmann, 2018–

Vice Rectors

  • Theophil Bernet, 1904-1907
  • Hans Schneider, 1907–1918
  • Werner Flury, 1918–1935
  • Gottfried Frei, 1935–1951
  • Franz Wetterwald, 1951–1958
  • Werner Nigg, 1955-1959
  • Henri Wild, 1958–1961
  • Walter P. Schmid, 1961–1968
  • Hansruedi Gassmann, 1968–1987
  • Wilfried Bauert, 1970–1989
  • Paul Wyss, 1989-1998
  • Hans Spuhler, 1987-2004
  • Thomas Limacher, 1998–2010
  • Christoph Wittmer, 2004–2010
  • Beeke Rusch, 2010–
  • Nicole Brockhaus, 2010–2018
  • Stephan Giess, 2010–
  • Jürg Schüpbach, 2018–


  • Ernst Biedermann (1902–1997), politician, sports teacher from 1932 to 1967
  • Ernst Kilgus , economist, business teacher 1959–1968
  • Hans Künzi , mathematician and politician, mathematics teacher 1952–1958
  • Paul Lang , politician, Germanist, teacher of German, English and history 1935–1960
  • Kaspar Schnetzler , Germanist and writer, German teacher 1968–2003


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The Zurich Cantonal Schools 1833–1983, pp. 17, 20.
  2. The Zurich Cantonal Schools 1833–1983, p. 22f.
  3. The Zurich Cantonal Schools 1833–1983, pp. 15f.
  4. The Zurich Cantonal Schools 1833–1983, pp. 170f.
  5. ^ SO website ( memento of September 2, 2004 in the Internet Archive )
  7. kenSing-Chor: About us