Luther School (Hanover)

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Luther School
View of the Luther School
type of school high school
founding 1900

At the Luther Church 18

place Hanover
country Lower Saxony
Country Germany
Coordinates 52 ° 23 '13 "  N , 9 ° 43' 22"  E Coordinates: 52 ° 23 '13 "  N , 9 ° 43' 22"  E
student 969 (status: school year 2009/10)
Teachers 73 (status: school year 2009/10)
management Karl-Heinz Heinemann
Children on the street in front of the Luther school, in the background on the left the Berlin Gebrüder Wolff department store on Engelbosteler Damm , around 1900;
Postcard no. 216 of the North German paper industry , collotype

The Lutherschule is a grammar school in Hanover-Nordstadt . According to the statistical survey of June 2005, a total of 64 full-time teachers , 2 part -time teachers and 8 trainee teachers were employed there; they looked after 940 students .


Before 1933

On March 2, 1897, the city ​​council of Hanover decided to establish a secondary school in the north of the city. The castle-like main building of the Luther school today was built from 1897 to 1900 along the streets Am kleine Felde and the then Hahnenstrasse (today: An der Lutherkirche ) in the style of historicism (architect: Otto Ruprecht ).

On October 16, 1900, the first 237 students moved into the building, which was run as Realschule III . In 1906 it was named Oberrealschule an der Lutherkirche . In 1933 it was given its current name Lutherschule after the neighboring Luther Church .

As early as 1931, a new gymnasium was built on the small field and the previous gymnasium integrated into the main building was converted into specialist rooms.

From 1933 to 1945

During the Second World War , numerous students were deployed as air force helpers around Hanover . During the air raids on Hanover , five Luther students and eight students from the Bismarck School who were deployed as flak helpers were killed in a direct hit on a flak position in the northern neighboring municipality of Langenhagen . On January 6, 1945, an aerial bomb fell into the school auditorium without exploding. Since school operations had already been relocated to Alfeld (Leine) in the summer of 1943 , there was no personal injury.

From 1945 to 1999

The auditorium was initially restored in a simple form in 1952 after war damage. In 1957 the Luther School was divided into the Luther School I and the Luther School II. The latter was named Herschel School after Wilhelm and Caroline Herschel in 1960 .

In 1972, due to lack of space, a pavilion with six classrooms was added in the school yard and in 1975 a new sports hall on Asternstrasse . From the 1974/75 school year, the previously all- boys school introduced co-education and took girls into school for the first time. The auditorium was renovated and restored from 1999 to 2000.

From 2000

Rosemarie Würth (left) and Gabriele Ciecior in 2015 at the unveiling of the information board for the former mural by Wilhelm Beuermann at the gym in Asternstrasse

Since 2004, following the dissolution of the orientation level school form in Lower Saxony , the Lutherschule has maintained an upper level branch on the premises of the primary school An der Uhlandstraße .

In 2006, the school celebrated its centenary with a week of festivities, as the official founding dates back to 1906, when the ministerial approval from Berlin was granted for the first school leaving examination for Easter in 1906.

Roof trusses, windows and facade renovations were carried out in 2008/2009 in compliance with the preservation order .

Starting in 2008, the Luther School developed into an all-day high school, triggered by the shortening of the schooling period to 12 years .

In April 2011 a new building was completed in front of the sports hall, which offers specialist rooms for physics and chemistry. At the same time, extensive renovation work on the sports hall was completed. The pavilion building was then torn down, and a cafeteria will be built there.


There are regular student exchanges with schools in Cahors in France (since 1983) and Biała ( Zülz ) near Opole (Opole) in Poland (since 1991). The school campus in Bredenbeck am Deister is available for school trips in particular for younger students. Further offers exist in the form of homework assistance, a school café, a choir, band and orchestra, a theater group and a school newspaper. Since 2007, the Luther School has been certified as a humanitarian school by the Lower Saxony Red Cross Youth .

The school has a student council with nine members. It includes class and year representatives from grades seven to twelve, and in exceptional cases also the year spokesperson for the 13th year. Furthermore, the student council elects four students to the so-called school board .

Foreign language offer

The pupils first learn English and from grade 6 they choose Spanish, French or Latin as their second foreign language. The Lutherschule is one of the few grammar schools in Hanover where Spanish can be chosen as a second foreign language.

In 1990 a bilingual branch was set up in which from grades 7 to 10 sports, biology and politics are taught in English. If English and at least one of the subjects biology or politics (which are still offered as basic courses in English) are taken in the 11th and 12th year and are selected as examination subjects, the school certifies the bilingual Abitur .

Upper level profile

The upper level is housed in the nearby branch in the building of the primary school An der Uhlandstraße . In the upper level, different profiles can be selected - which have a linguistic, scientific, musical-artistic or social science orientation.

Former students

(by age group)

Suitcase from Norbert Kronenberg ; Exhibit of the exhibition until January 27, 2012 in the New Town Hall

Known teachers

  • Hans Beck (1876–1942; teacher 1903–1909), mathematician
  • Edelgard Bulmahn (* 1951; teacher 1986), politician ( SPD ), Federal Minister for Education and Research (1998-2005)
  • Hans-Joachim Haecker (1910–1994; teacher 1955–1972), playwright, poet and essayist
  • Karl Smalian (1860–1940; teacher 1907–1924), zoologist and biology teacher
  • Johannes Vogel (1875–?), Sports teacher and university professor


  • Lutherschule Hannover (Hrsg.): 100 years of the Lutherschule. The high school in the north of the city , commemorative publication for the 100th anniversary, Hanover 2006, without ISBN.

Web links

Commons : Lutherschule (Hannover)  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Friedel Eickhoff, Gerhard Wruck: Schule im Wandel. The history of the Luther school . In: Lutherschule Hannover (Hrsg.): 100 years of the Lutherschule. Das Gymnasium in der Nordstadt , Festschrift for the 100th anniversary, Hanover 2006, pp. 21–26
  2. Gerd Weiß: School buildings. In: Nordstadt. In: Monument topography of the Federal Republic of Germany , architectural monuments in Lower Saxony, City of Hanover , Part 1, Vol. 10.1, p. 107.
  3. ^ Dietmar Schölermann: The building of the Luther school . In: Lutherschule Hannover (Hrsg.): 100 years of the Lutherschule. Das Gymnasium in der Nordstadt , Festschrift for the 100th anniversary, Hanover 2006, pp. 19–21.
  4. 100 Years of the Association of Former Luther Students (VEL) 1908–2008 , ISBN 978-3-9812133-1-7 , p. 47.
  5. ^ Norbert Kronenberg , as well as: Karljosef Kreter: Norbert Kronenberg, his family and friends. In: Julia Berlit-Jackstien, Karljosef Kreter (Hrsg.): Abgeschoben in den Tod. The deportation of 1001 Hanoverians to Riga on December 15, 1941 Exhibition catalog for the exhibition of the same name from December 15, 2011 to January 27, 2012 in the Citizens' Hall of the New Town Hall , ed. on behalf of the historical seminar of the Leibniz University Hannover and the state capital Hannover, department of education and qualification, project remembrance culture, with contributions by Julia Berlit-Jackstien, Marlis Buchholz, Hans Harer, Wiebke Hiemesch, Karljosef Kreter, Hans-Dieter Schmid, Christiane Schröder, Peter Schulze and Edel Sheridan-Quantz, in the series Writings on Memory Culture in Hanover , Vol. 1, Verlag Hahnsche Buchhandlung , Hanover 2011, ISBN 978-3-7752-6200-2 , pp. 66, 206-219.
  6. a b c Hugo Thielen : Neutze .... In: Klaus Mlynek, Waldemar R. Röhrbein (ed.) U. a .: City Lexicon Hanover . From the beginning to the present. Schlütersche, Hannover 2009, ISBN 978-3-89993-662-9 , p. 469.
  7. Rudolf Cyperrek: 100 years mansions , Festschrift for archival preparatory work by Helmut Millies, ed. von der Brauerei Herrenhausen GmbH, Hanover-Herrenhausen, Verlag für Wirtschaftspublizistik H. Bartels KG, Wiesbaden 1968, pp. 39–40, here especially p. 46 ff., as well as an appendix on the history of the Brauerei Herrenhausen GmbH .
  8. oV : Smalian, Ernst Karl in the database Niedersächsische people (new entry required) of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library - Lower Saxony State Library in the version of 19 August 2009 last downloaded February 12, 2018