Leonardo-da-Vinci-Gymnasium Köln-Nippes

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Leonardo-da-Vinci-Gymnasium Köln-Nippes
The high school in November 2014, photographed from Leipziger Platz towards the north.
type of school high school
School number 166443
founding 1903

Blücherstrasse 15-17

place Cologne trinkets
country North Rhine-Westphalia
Country Germany
Coordinates 50 ° 58 ′ 0 ″  N , 6 ° 57 ′ 20 ″  E Coordinates: 50 ° 58 ′ 0 ″  N , 6 ° 57 ′ 20 ″  E
carrier city ​​Cologne
student about 800
management Klaus Kombrink
Website www.gymnasium-nippes.de

The Leonardo-da-Vinci-Gymnasium Köln-Nippes (formerly Städtisches Gymnasium Köln-Nippes ) was founded in 1903 as a Realprogymnasium in the Cologne district of Nippes and has been located opposite Leipziger Platz on Blücherstraße since the construction of the current building (1907), which is why it is often also known as the "Blücher-Gymnasium". In 1960 the construction of the observatory and the planetarium began .

The grammar school was renamed the Leonardo da Vinci grammar school in Cologne-Nippes in February 2011 by a resolution of the school boards and the council of the Nippes district . Until 2013, the schoolyard was rebuilt due to damage to the sports hall and a cafeteria was built adjacent to the gym. The grammar school is attended by about 800 students who are taught by 60 teachers.


The grammar school in its original form before the Second World War. The picture was taken west of Leipziger Platz and shows the south side of the high school.

The Cologne city council decided on August 14, 1902 the establishment of a Realprogymnasium for the north of Cologne. School operations began at Easter 1903: three classes with 117 students were housed in the Steinberger Straße elementary school until the school building was completed. By ministerial decree, the school was recognized as a Realprogymnasium in 1907 and could be expanded to a full institution. The municipal building officer Friedrich Bolte planned today's school building, which was ceremoniously handed over in 1908 by the then mayor Wallraf . In 1910 the first matriculation examination took place with 12 senior primans. The school was thereby recognized as a secondary school. In memory of the wars of freedom, the school was to be named Görres -Realgymnasium in 1913 , but this was rejected by the Prussian Ministry of Education due to political differences among the citizens. The school reform of 1925 turned the school into a modern language grammar school .

From November 11, 1939, the classrooms and the gymnasium were occupied by the military, the municipal economic department and other offices. Lessons took place at the Hansaring. On December 17, 1939, the high school students returned from their alternative quarters. On May 31, 1942, the grammar school was badly hit by the thousand bomber attack and it was destroyed by flames. The second floor including the auditorium burned out completely. From now on, lessons were no longer possible. For one year the high school at Hansaring became an alternative accommodation. The students, the college and French prisoners of war repaired the building in the meantime. In the summer of 1943 a new attack destroyed what was painstakingly rebuilt. The emergency roof of the auditorium was destroyed, the upper floor completely removed. The moisture seeped through, the lessons had to be moved more and more to the basement. In the summer of 1944 the school was closed by the authorities.

Only a year later, on November 26, 1945, was it possible to start teaching again in Blücherstrasse. At this point in time, 1,000 window panes were still defective. In 1953 the school celebrated its 50th anniversary. The newly designed auditorium was inaugurated; three years later a new gym was completed. The school temporarily accommodated students from the Humboldt Gymnasium and for many years the evening gymnasium of the city of Cologne was a guest in the Nippes building. The former headmaster, Dr. Hermann Gundermann, arranged the construction of the observatory and the planetarium . The student council tried again to give the school a name. Her suggestion: "Dr.-Martin-Luther-King -Gymnasium" did not find a majority in the school community assembly at that time, the predecessor of today's school conference. From 1972/73 the Cologne-Nippes high school became a coeducational school: 30 girls were admitted to the Sexta. In 1978 the school celebrated its 75th anniversary. A festival with a music evening in the auditorium took place. On July 1, 1980, the high school was registered as a monument.

From 1990 onwards, the school landscape in North Rhine-Westphalia received a variety of impulses for a new design and redesign from an educational, structural and organizational point of view. The Nippeser Gymnasium started very early to integrate the new media into the classroom. The Cologne-Nippes grammar school was regularly selected as a model school for media education by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the schools on the network or information school projects and received targeted financial support. This resulted in a school Intra-Net, which enabled the student body and the staff to go "into the network" from many places inside and outside of specialist rooms or to conduct research with the appropriate software

With the completion of the self-learning center in 2003, the media requirements for the realization of the concept of independent learning were given. For a number of years the school has been cooperating with the Erich Kästner-Gymnasium in Cologne-Niehl in the upper secondary level in order to offer the students in the upper level a wider range. On September 27, 2003, the ceremony for the 100th anniversary of the school took place.

The city of Cologne, as the school authority, accepted the request of the school conference of June 30, 2010 to rename the Cologne-Nippes Gymnasium, so that the Nippeser Gymnasium has the following official name from February 2011: Leonardo-da-Vinci-Gymnasium Köln-Nippes. Various construction measures were completed in 2014: renovation of the gymnasium, new construction of a cafeteria and redesign of the school yard.

In 2019 the Leonardo-da-Vinci-Gymnasium joined the network " School without Racism - School with Courage ". The school's project sponsor is the musician Stephan Brings .

Events and competitions


The high school can be reached via several connections of the Cologne transport company (KVB). Next to the Leipziger Platz bus stop on line 140, which stops in front of the school, as well as the 12 and 15 train lines and the 147 bus line, which stop at the Florastraße stop.


  • Karl Hilburg 1903–1906
  • Friedrich Kortz 1906–1931
  • Karl Eckermann 1931–1945
  • Friedrich Schlupp 1946–1954
  • Hermann Gundermann 1954–1967
  • Winfried Rupprich 1968–1982
  • Wolfgang Miege 1982–1984 (acting)
  • Doris Bellebaum 1984-1995
  • Manfred Huschner 1995-2006
  • Gisela Prinz 2006-2013
  • Peter Langel 2013–2015 (acting)
  • Klaus Kombrink 2015 -

Known teachers

Known students or graduates

Stumbling blocks in memory of former students


The high school served as a film set for several film and television productions. In addition to productions such as Tatort Köln , the film Help, I have shrunk my teacher and used the school as a backdrop. Other TV productions: SOKO Cologne - Death in the Milky Way (ZDF), Mama no longer works (ZDF)


  • Festschrift for the 25th anniversary of the institution 1903–1928. Municipal high school in Cologne-Nippes . Cologne 1928.
  • Municipal modern high school Cologne-Nippes. 1903-1953. For the 50th anniversary on July 5, 1953 . Cologne 1953.
  • Festschrift for the 75th anniversary of the Cologne-Nippes high school. 1903-1978 . Cologne 1978.
  • Monument. 100 years of the Cologne-Nippes high school . Cologne 2003.
  • Reinhold Kruse: 111 years Cologne-Nippes, Emons-Verlag 1998, ISBN 978-3-89705-130-0 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Students showed what they can do. Kölner Wochenspiegel, July 17, 2014, accessed on December 23, 2014 .
  2. Festschrift 50 Jahre, page 156, see also the list of stumbling blocks in the Cologne district of Lindenthal
  3. Real name: Albrecht Schmitz; see GND 12211793X
  4. Festschrift 75 Jahr, page 41. See also the article in the English-language Wikipedia Otto C. Winzen .
  5. Festschrift 75 years, page 138. See also the article in the English-language Wikipedia Dieter Krause
  6. Ralph Jansen: "Help, I've shrunk my teacher" Twelve year old from Kerpen is the main actor in a movie. In: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger. December 2, 2015, accessed February 12, 2018 .