Rämibühl Cantonal School

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Rämibühl Cantonal School
The main entrance of today's MNG
type of school Cantonal school (grammar school)
founding 1832

Rämistrasse 56–58
8001 Zurich

place Zurich
Canton Zurich
Country Switzerland
Coordinates 684 109  /  247384 coordinates: 47 ° 22 '19 "  N , 8 ° 33' 8"  O ; CH1903:  684,109  /  247384
student total> 2000
Teachers total> 300
Website www.lgr.ch
Today's school building (literary and secondary school) by Eduard Neuenschwander . It is a listed building.
The former canton school building was built by Gustav Albert Wegmann in 1842 based on the model of the
Berlin Building Academy . Today it is used by the University of Zurich as an institute building.

The Rämibühl Cantonal School in Zurich on Rämistrasse was founded in 1833 as the Zurich Cantonal School . Today it consists of four different canton schools with different profiles. The four grammar schools are the literary grammar school , the real grammar school, the mathematical and natural science grammar school and the art and sports grammar school in Rämibühl . Together over 2000 students are taught. Eduard Neuenschwander moved into the school complex in 1970 and officially opened in 1971.

High schools

Literar Gymnasium (LG)

The Literargymnasium (until 1976 “Literargymnasium Zürichberg”) is a long-term high school. The schooling period is six years. Two of these years are middle school, the last four then belong to the upper school.

Old-language and modern-language Matura profiles are offered at the LG . It also offers a bilingual IB class. This class teaches biology , history, and math in English. These classes also have the option of completing the International Baccalaureate parallel to the Matura .

The literary school in Rämibühl has been a UNESCO- associated school since 2007 . It is committed to the goals of UNESCO.

The rector of the literary high school is Markus Lüdin. He is supported by Vice Rectors Sonja Rüegg and Christine Feller.

Art and Sports High School (K + S)

The K + S was founded in 2000. It is a special middle school aimed at students who are particularly talented musically, athletically or in dance. It is housed in the MNG building and is also administratively attached to it. Two classes are formed per year. The individual student has fewer weekly lessons so that he has more time for training or rehearsals. In contrast to the other short grammar schools, schooling up to the Matura takes 5 instead of 4 years. A lower grammar school has also been offered since 2010, but there is only one class per grade.

The director of K + S is Regula Meili.

Musicians automatically attend the arts profile ( arts grammar school ) and are also prepared for studying at the Zurich University of the Arts . With the start of their training at K + S, students also attend the preliminary course for admission to the ZHdK. After three years you have to pass the exam to enter the bachelor's degree. One year after graduating from high school, students complete their studies with a bachelor's degree.
Athletes and dancers
Students who are talented in sport or dance can choose between a modern language profile and a mathematical and scientific profile with a focus on biology and chemistry. Many nationally known athletes attended the sports high school, including Victor Stancescu , Leonardo Genoni , Alina Müller , Jonas Elmer , Angelica Moser , Petra Klingler .

Mathematical and Natural Science High School (MNG)

The Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliches Gymnasium ("Oberrealschule Zurich" until 1974) is a short gymnasium. Entry takes place after the 2nd or 3rd grade of the secondary school or after the 2nd grade of a long-term high school. The school duration is 4 years.

The MNG offers the mathematical and scientific profile as a maturity profile. The combination of physics & applications of mathematics and biology & chemistry are offered as main subjects.

The school management currently consists of the Rector Daniel Reichmuth and the two Vice Rectors Susanne Kalt and Samuel Byland.

Realgymnasium (RG)

Entrance RG and LG

The Realgymnasium Rämibühl (RG, until 1976 Realgymnasium Zürichberg ) is a long-term high school. The normal school time is six years.

Like the literary school, the Realgymnasium is a long-term grammar school. The maturity profiles of the two schools are identical. Up to 2004 the bilingual classes of the two schools were united, after the school year 2005/2006 they were separated due to the high number of registrations. Today the grammar school is attended by around 800 pupils. The Realgymnasium is the only public school in the Canton of Zurich, along with the Literary High School, that offers a bilingual course in conjunction with the International Baccalaureate , with geography, biology and mathematics being taught in English.

The rector of the secondary school has been the English teacher Ursula Alder since March 2010. The three Vice Rectors are Ralph Müller, Tobias Weber and Philipp Wettstein.

The school's internal solidarity group organizes a cake sale every year, the proceeds of which go to the Usthi Foundation.


The first canton school building on Rämistrasse with a gymnasium and gymnasium as seen from Heimplatz. 19th century aquinta
The main building of the canton school at Rämistrasse 59 around 1910
The so-called "New Cantonal School" on Rämistrasse, completed in 1909, housed the industrial and commercial school as well as the science rooms of the entire Cantonal School

The history of the Canton School of Zurich began with the Education Act of the Canton of Zurich of September 28, 1832. In the spirit of the liberal regeneration period , the Canton of Zurich was given an organically structured school system from elementary school to university for the first time in its history. This also brought the canton school into being, which was supposed to enable access to higher technical or academic education, mainly at the University of Zurich, which was founded at the same time . The canton school, formally founded on April 22, 1833, led to two departments, the grammar school and the industrial school . In 1842, the canton school moved into its first home at Rämistrasse 59 in a magnificent new building by Gustav Albert Wegmann . According to the Education Act of 1859, the industrial school should be aimed primarily at students “who are dedicated to technical or commercial professions”. From 1842 on there was therefore a special "mercantilist" school within the industrial school. H. Commercial branch, which was finally made independent in the 1904/05 school year as the “Kantonale Handelsschule Zürich” as a separate department within the canton school. From the trunk of the industrial school, the upper secondary school was created in 1928, today's mathematical and natural science high school.

The problem of lack of space and the associated construction and financial issues runs like a red thread through the history of the Zurich Cantonal School. Soon the building of the canton school at Rämistrasse 59 was too small and the canton had to rent nearby buildings. In 1909 a new building at Rämistrasse 76 brought temporary relief. The house had to be shared by the canton school with the chemical institute of the university. Already at the beginning of the 1930s, in view of the new space requirements for gymnastics and sports lessons, an expansion was necessary, which was approved by the people in 1939. The two old gyms on Heimplatz could no longer meet the needs of the zeitgeist. In 1942, four gyms and a sports field were put into operation between Rämi, Gloria and Freiestrasse.

From 1904 to 1947 the Zurich Cantonal School consisted of four departments: the grammar school, the upper secondary school, the commercial school and the Winterthur Cantonal School. The grammar school was by far the largest department with just under 1000 students, followed by the commercial school with a little over 500, the canton school in Winterthur with a little over 400 and the upper secondary school with a little under 400 students. The canton school was a school for boys only, only in exceptional cases around 1920 three girls were admitted. The women from Zurich were taught at the municipal secondary schools in Zurich and Winterthur (Stadelhofen, Wiedikon, Hottingen, Riesbach, Hohe Promenade and Rychenberg ) until 1976 . In view of the increasing number of students and teachers, a reorganization was necessary after the Second World War. The government council therefore decided on July 4, 1946 to divide the grammar school as the largest department into two schools for the school year 1947/48:

  • the literary high school, which offered the Matura type A with Latin and Greek, in the Schanzenberg school building.
  • the Realgymnasium, which offered the Matura type B with Latin and modern foreign languages, in the old canton school building at Rämistrasse 59.

The Progymnasium of both schools was run according to the same curriculum so that it was possible to transfer to school after the second grade. While the literary high school was once again manageable in size after the formal separation on October 16, 1947, the real high school remained rather too large, so that a further subdivision was already in prospect, with the separation of the high school Freudenberg in 1959 was achieved.

The question of space remained an urgent problem. In 1946 the Schanzenberg building was furnished for the canton school, in 1955 and 1956/57 barracks were built in the area of ​​Villa Zürichbergstrasse 6, which itself was converted in 1965 to accommodate the canton school. Finally, the school moved to the “Belmont” house, which was used for biology classes. In addition, the government council tackled the long-demanded decentralization of secondary school locations in order to remedy the regional inequality of opportunities in training opportunities. In 1952 , the Zürcher Oberland in Wetzikon was the first to receive a regional canton school. In 1959, the cantonal commercial school and part of the secondary school in the Freudenberg school moved into new quarters. Those departments of the district school, which remained in Rämiquartier, led by a decision of the Governing Council first to 1976, the term "Zurich mountain" in the name, while the split-off part of the grammar school and the Cantonal Commercial School, built in the newly the schoolhouse Freudenberg-Enge moved, new as The 5th department of the Cantonal School in Zurich was called “Kantonsschule Freudenberg, Realgymnasium or Handelsschule ”.

The spatial situation remained unsatisfactory after 1959 for the secondary school, which offered its lessons spread over four buildings. The opening of a new location in Oerlikon should remedy this. In 1965, the electorate gave the cantonal council the authority to build new cantonal schools, but the approval of the credits for the construction of new school buildings was tied to referendums, which were not always positive. In 1965, for example, the people agreed to the construction of a new school building for the grammar schools on the Zürichberg. The third new municipal school building in Oerlikon, however, failed in 1967 because of the people and was only realized later.

Another important step in the expansion and renovation of the secondary schools in the canton of Zurich was the takeover of the secondary school for girls in the cities of Zurich and Winterthur in the canton school in 1976 and the associated introduction of coeducation. This increased the number of locations of the canton school by another five within the city of Zurich (Hohe Promenade, Hottingen, Stadelhofen, Riesbach, Wiedikon) and one in Winterthur ( Rychenberg ). In 1983 the Cantonal School in Zurich was dissolved as an administrative unit and the individual schools were made administratively independent.


Well-known alumni of the former Zurich Cantonal School

  • Felix Bloch (1905–1983), Nobel laureate in physics from 1952

Well-known alumni of the literary high school

Well-known alumni of the Realgymnasium

Alumni organizations

The MNG alumni have joined forces in the GEOM (Society of Alumni of the OR and MNG Rämibühl), which organizes several events every year.

The LG alumni have come together to form VEGL (Association of Alumni of the Literary High School). This organizes events, supports projects and working weeks and awards prizes for the best Matura theses every year.

The RG alumni have come together in the VEGR (Association of Alumni of the Realgymnasium). This organizes events, offers high school graduate advice and supports projects at the school.


  • Orchestra of the Gymnasien Rämibühl: The Kantonsschule Rämibühl comprises a (student) orchestra, which annually undertakes various concerts and tours. The orchestra is led by Claudio Danuser, Noëlle Friedemann and Janka Ryf.
  • Rämibühl theater group: The canton schools have a theater group which, under the direction of Joachim Aeschlimann and Daniel Riniker, brings a new play to the stage every year.
  • The different schools organize various ensembles, choirs and bands that are open to all students.


  • Max Bandle (with Bruno Quadri): biography of a school: Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliches Gymnasium Rämibühl. Edited by the Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliches Gymnasium Rämibühl, Zurich 1992.
  • History of the Zurich Cantonal School in the last 25 years 1883-1908. Festschrift for the 75th anniversary of the institution and the move into the new and the converted old building. Zurich 1910.
  • Walter Kronbichler: The Zurich Canton Schools 1833–1983. Festschrift for the 150th anniversary of the state secondary schools in the Canton of Zurich. Zurich 1983.
  • 50 years of the literary school Schanzenberg / Rämibühl 1947–1997. Published by Literargymnasium Rämibühl, Rohr, Zurich 1997.
  • 125 years of the Zurich Cantonal School. History, authorities and teachers for the last 25 years, 1933–1958. Zurich 1958.
  • Ottavio Clavuot: The Rämibühl Cantonal School in Zurich. (Swiss Art Guide, No. 956–957, Series 96). Ed.  Society for Swiss Art History GSK. Bern 2014, ISBN 978-3-03797-168-0 .

Web links

Commons : Alte Kantonsschule Zürich  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Literar Gymnasium Rämibühl: UNESCO-associated school
  2. website of the foundation Usthi
  3. ^ Annual report 1947/48 on the entire canton school. Zurich 1948, p. 1.
  4. Christoph König u. a. (Ed.): Internationales Germanistenlexikon 1800-1950 . tape 1 . de Gruyter, Berlin 2003, ISBN 3-11-017587-8 , p. 561 .
  5. ↑ A native of Zurich makes millions of Japanese laugh. November 3, 2014, accessed October 7, 2019 .
  6. ^ Website of the theater group