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West facade in the evening light May 2015
West facade in the evening light May 2015
type of school high school
founding 1629

Nieder-Ramstädter Strasse 2

place Darmstadt
country Hesse
Country Germany
Coordinates 49 ° 52 '11 "  N , 8 ° 39' 28"  E Coordinates: 49 ° 52 '11 "  N , 8 ° 39' 28"  E
carrier City of Darmstadt
student approx. 735 (as of March 2020)
Teachers 67 (as of March 2020)
management Silvia Lenz

The Ludwig-Georgs-Gymnasium (short: LGG ) is a high school in Darmstadt. It attaches particular importance to humanistic and ancient language education. The Ludwig-Georgs-Gymnasium was founded on April 22nd, 1629 by Landgrave Ludwig V and his son Georg II . This makes it the oldest grammar school in southern Hesse.


On April 22nd, 1629, the "Paedagogium Darmstadium" was officially opened as a Lutheran high school in the presence of Landgrave Georg II of Hesse-Darmstadt . At the beginning of 1831 the grammar school moved from the pedagogue , in which only a few courses are taught today due to the external location, to a former orphanage very close by because there was insufficient space. In 1879 the school was named Ludwig-Georgs-Gymnasium after its two founders . During the Second World War, the educational center and orphanage were destroyed along with most of Darmstadt in 1944, and the Ludwig-Georgs-Gymnasium first had to be housed in various other schools in the city. It was not until 1955 that the school was able to move into its new building, which the architect Max Taut had designed in the Bauhaus style.

The Ludwig-Georgs-Gymnasium offers a variety of working groups that include artistic, sporting and technical working groups. The school newspaper is called EULE and is named after the symbol of the school, the owl of the Greek goddess Athena , which is also the symbol of wisdom. The forty-page issue appears every quarter before the holidays.

The school maintains its own archive with documents from school history dating back to the 18th century. Some of the historical documents on the development of the grammar school and on former students are also kept in the Darmstadt City Archives.

The Ludwig-Georgs-Gymnasium today

From the fifth grade onwards, students learn Latin as their first foreign language and English as their second foreign language . After the eighth grade, students can choose between ancient Greek , French and computer science . The upper school level begins from the eleventh grade. This sequence applies to students who have been attending the Ludwig-Georgs-Gymnasium since the 2005/2006 school year. The Ludwig-Georgs-Gymnasium thus represents the school form of the eight-year high school ( G9 ).

For pupils who started school before the 2005/2006 school year, however, the old order applies: Latin is taught as the first foreign language from the fifth grade, and English as the second foreign language from the sixth or seventh grade. After the eighth grade, students can choose between ancient Greek, French and computer science classes. The upper school level begins with the eleventh grade.

In addition to Latin and Greek as offered ancient languages, there is also the possibility, in the form of a working group, to learn ancient Hebrew and take an exam after three years in order to obtain the Hebraicum .

Buildings and art in construction

The architect Max Taut initially planned a loggia as an open-air classroom for each classroom in the B-building , but these open-air classrooms had to be converted into regular classrooms in 1963 due to the increasing number of pupils. There was heated controversy in 1955 about the sculptures Large Seated by Helmut Brinckmann and Two Figures in Relationship II by Bernhard Heiliger , which were presented as art in architecture . Since “a majority of the population” rejects these figures as too abstract, the city council decided to remove them. First a call for a "warning to reason", which 45 personalities of the cultural and economic life of Darmstadt addressed to the population and which turned against defilement and denigration and spoke out for the freedom and the protection of art, as well as telegrams from the German Association of Artists and the The general student committee of the University of Fine Arts in West Berlin to the Darmstadt mayor prevented this. Among those who signed the appeal were personalities such as Ludwig Metzger , Minister for Education of the State of Hesse from 1951 to 1953, Ludwig Prince of Hesse and Otto Bartning , President of the Association of German Architects. Since June 2005 there is a school pond in the school yard . The renovation of the break hall roof took over a year and was completed at the end of January 2006, after the break roof had its glass blocks again at the beginning of December 2005 and a second roof made of glass plates was completed over the actual blocks in January. This roof is more translucent compared to the previous one. Since February 10, 2006, on one of the pillars of the new roof there has been an aluminum bust by the sculptor Gerhard Roese , of Major Karl Plagge , one of the few Germans who carry the award Righteous Among the Nations and who was a student of the LGG. Renovation work began in 2009 and should be completed by 2015.

Family-friendly school

The idea arose a few years ago to offer lunch to students who still have lessons in the afternoon or study groups. An attempt to do this in the cafeteria failed due to insufficient demand from the students and their parents. However, the creation of suitable rooms in the LGG would not have been possible without expensive structural changes due to the central location and the monument protection of the building. Therefore a cooperation with the association "The Villa - Association for innovative youth welfare eV" was entered. On the one hand, the association's “huette” youth center is nearby, and on the other hand, the association has already gained experience in this area with the neighboring Victoria School .

Since the space in the “hut”, due to the eight-year high school , would be exhausted in the foreseeable future, a further solution was sought. This was found with the premises of the bauverein AG in Kirchstrasse 8. The "aquarium" is a project of the city of Darmstadt, the association "Die Villa" and the bauverein AG (see Public Private Partnership ). The name is derived from the large glass front facing the Kirchstrasse underpass. The rooms have been extensively renovated by the bauverein AG since the beginning of 2007 and officially inaugurated on October 22, 2007.

The involvement of the student body in this project is unique in Germany. A working group consisting of teachers, the sponsoring association and students, especially members of the student council , accompanied the project from the start. This working group acted as a decisive authority in many places and developed the conceptual content. Furthermore, the rooms were designed according to the wishes and suggestions of this group. The group will continue to exist after the aquarium has gone into operation in order to answer inquiries from other groups in the school and to further develop the content concept.

The concept provides for the use of the aquarium by students from the seventh grade. Students in the fifth and sixth grade have been spending their lunch break in the Cafe Latino opposite the school since summer 2010. Furthermore, in addition to the use as a room for lunch breaks, use in free hours by the upper school is planned.

Personalities (students and teachers)

Memorial bust of the former student Karl Plagge
Large seated man by Helmut Brinckmann


  • Festschrift for the 375th anniversary (2004)
  • Jewish students at the Ludwig-Georgs-Gymnasium in Darmstadt in the twenties and thirties. Ed. And edit. by Beate Kosmala u. a., foreword by Thomas Lange. 1992. 54 pp., 23 ills., ISBN 3-922316-18-2
  • Ludwig-Georgs-Gymnasium Darmstadt - Festschrift for the 350th anniversary in 1979. Ed. Ludwig-Georgs-Gymnasium Darmstadt 1979.
  • Program of the autumn classes and the Easter classes of the Grand Ducal Ludwig-Georgs-Gymnasium and the preschool of the two Gymnasiums in Darmstadt. Darmstadt 1891–1894 ( digitized version )
  • Program of the Easter classes and the autumn classes of the Grand Ducal Ludwig-Georgs-Gymnasium and the preschool of the two high schools in Darmstadt. Darmstadt 1895–1897 ( digitized version )
  • Under the dilthey chestnut. School memories of former Darmstadt high school students. Edited by Karl Esselborn, Darmstadt 1929.

Web links

Commons : Ludwig-Georgs-Gymnasium  - Album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. school management. In: Retrieved March 22, 2020 .
  2. ^ Arcinsys. In: Retrieved April 18, 2019 .
  3. Helmut Brinckmann - Sculptures . Ed .: City of Darmstadt, 1981, p. 63