Marie-Curie-Gymnasium Dresden

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Marie-Curie-Gymnasium Dresden
New building (left) and old building 2014
type of school high school
founding 1955

Circus Street 7

place Dresden
country Saxony
Country Germany
Coordinates 51 ° 3 '0 "  N , 13 ° 44' 58"  E Coordinates: 51 ° 3 '0 "  N , 13 ° 44' 58"  E
carrier State capital Dresden
student 858 (2016/17)
Teachers 64 (2016/17)
management Annette Hähner

The Marie-Curie-Gymnasium Dresden (MCG) is a grammar school in Dresden with an artistic, social and natural science profile. The high school has been named after the French physicist and chemist Marie Curie since 1996 .


The school building is not far from Pirnaischer Platz in the Pirnaische Vorstadt . It is bounded by the Pirnaischer Platz high-rise building in the southwest and the GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals Dresden building in the northeast.


The MCG was founded in 1955 as the second elementary school not far from the Dresden country house on Friesenstrasse. Four years later the foundation stone was laid for today's school building on Zirkusstraße, which was inaugurated in 1960 as the 2nd polytechnic high school. The school was built on the ground that was covered by a three-meter-thick layer of rubble due to the destruction of Dresden during the Second World War.

In 1965, 1,350 students studied at the ten-class school, with the building on Friesenstrasse serving as a branch. In 1972 the MCG was named "Herbert Bochow Oberschule" after the resistance fighter Herbert Bochow . It was not until 1992 that the school was renamed “Gymnasium Dresden-Mitte” and finally in 1996, on the initiative of the student representatives, the city council of the state capital of Dresden renamed it “Marie-Curie-Gymnasium”.

Since 2003 the MCG has been one of around 8,000 UNESCO project schools worldwide . Until 2011, the MCG used the building of the former 18th primary school on Terrassenufer as a branch. From 2012 to 2014 the school building was extensively renovated and expanded.


To 2012

Main entrance of the Marie-Curie-Gymnasium 2009 before the renovation
Auditorium with sgraffito by Alfred Hesse

The MCG school building was built in 1959 and, like most of the open spaces belonging to the school, is listed in its entirety. The striking school building was created as a type school building from the SVB series and is divided into the pavilion system. It was built from brickwork and has a pitched roof that is tiled. Until 2012, the U-shaped floor plan included a head building, a connecting building to the auditorium with cafeteria and an elongated, three-story main building with teaching rooms, as well as a gymnasium with connecting building, which was demolished during the renovation of the building. While the school was completed in 1960, the auditorium was only inaugurated in 1962. On its outer wall is the sgraffito The First Man in Space by Alfred Hesse , which commemorates Juri Gagarin's first space flight on April 12, 1961 and shows Thälmann pioneers celebrating.

The auditorium was renovated in 2009 in accordance with a listed building. Two murals from the time the school was built have been preserved in the school building. The plastic girl's head donated by Lea Grundig was installed near the auditorium in 1962 and was removed from the old location as part of the renovation from 2012. There is a sports field and a school garden on the school premises. In front of the main entrance there has been a sculpture for students and teachers at the polytechnic lessons of the artist Johannes Peschel since 1964 .

Refurbishment and expansion 2012–2014

The school building was renovated and expanded from February 2012 to August 2014. A design by the Dresden architecture firm Code Unique Architekten , which won the competition in 2008, was implemented. During the renovation, the students were taught in the former Gorbitz grammar school. The cost of the renewal was estimated at around 24.5 million euros.


Extension in March 2014

In April 2012, work began on a new, three-story extension, which was created as a crossbar to the previous old building. For this, several old trees had to be felled, which were replaced by new plantings after the construction work was finished.

Already at the beginning of the construction work it was suspected that bombs from the Second World War could be on the site due to the inner city location. In fact, in January 2013, an aircraft bomb from the Second World War was found on the school premises, which was defused after around 2,500 residents had been evacuated. Previously, old machine parts and steel girders had been found, which were initially assigned to an old workshop on the site. In the cellar vaults that belonged to residential buildings destroyed in World War II, the construction workers also found around 30 negative printing plates made of soapstone, which served as lithographic printing templates. They belonged to the company Buchdruckerei and Verlag Friedrich August Wolf. which was on the MCG site until 1945.

Due to the layer of rubble on which the school was built, the new building could not be built on a simple base plate. In order to be able to stabilize the crossbar sufficiently, it was erected on twelve meter deep reinforced concrete piles. This work began at the beginning of May 2012. The official laying of the foundation stone for the new building took place at the beginning of June. The 16-meter-high crossbar shell was completed in May 2013, and interior work followed.

The extension contains classrooms, all specialist cabinets and the school canteen with dining room and terrace. The building also forms the new main entrance to the school with a foyer. One of the main doors of the new building is adorned with a light construction by the Dresden artist Sebastian Hempel, which is supposed to depict an Atomium based on the school logo. Another special feature of the building is the roof, which has been planted with ground cover.


Demolition of the old sports hall and the connecting structure in March 2012

In the course of the new construction, the old single-field sports hall and the building connecting the main building and the hall were demolished in March 2012. For the construction of the new three-field sports hall, a mixed water collector - one of the largest main sewer pipes in Dresden - had to be diverted, which no longer runs under the school. The shell of the sports hall was completed in mid-July 2013. Part of the previous playground was converted into a small playing field, a 100-meter running track and a long jump and shot put facility.

Old building From December 2013, the old school building was partially gutted and old floors, heating pipes and walls were torn down. Around 20 percent of the old building material could not be reused during the renovation. Nevertheless, numerous details of the listed interior, including the terrazzo floor, old radiator cladding and wall paintings from the time of origin, have been preserved. After the construction work was completed, classrooms were set up in the old building. The school library, a theater and band rehearsal room as well as the school auditorium, which was renovated in 2009, are also integrated.

The old building and the new crossbar are connected to each other via a glass passage above ground, while the gymnasium is connected to the crossbar via the basement. At the beginning of September the MCG was reopened with a school festival.


The fifth and sixth grades serve as an orientation level for the students. English lessons are given from the fifth grade. From the sixth grade, a second foreign language is also taught; Here students can choose between French, Russian and Latin. Other foreign languages, including Chinese, Spanish and Japanese, are taught in working groups. From the eighth grade onwards, the students specialize in either the natural, social or artistic profile. In addition to classic advanced and basic courses in grades 11 and 12, subjects such as “Astronomy” and “Computer Science” as well as interdisciplinary basic courses such as “Performing Games” and “Biotechnology / Bionics” are offered.

The school's mission statement, adopted in 2006, is “experience learning - learn through experience”.

UNESCO project school

UNESCO project garden in September 2014

The MCG has been one of 13 recognized Saxon UNESCO project schools since 2003. These schools feel obliged to include education for democracy, environmental education and education for tolerance. All MCG projects and exchange programs are subordinate to these general ideas.

  • Since 2001, the MCG has been involved with the “Rainforest” project, among other things, for saving the rainforest in Ecuador and for nature conservation projects in North and South America. Since 2003 the school has organized sponsored runs for this purpose. By 2009, they raised more than 100,000 euros in donations, which has enabled the MCG to acquire several hundred hectares of rainforest in Ecuador and save them from deforestation. Since 2009 the "Rainforest" project has been confirmed as an official UNESCO Decade Project.
  • Since 2005, the Galileo project “We show you Dresden” has been devoted to the conception of a barrier-free city tour for wheelchair users . Via a microcomputer, lowered curbs, handicapped-accessible entrances, but also child-friendly routes are displayed by GPS , which enables wheelchair users to tour the city without outside help. The school's project attracted a lot of attention and was nominated for the Dresden Tourism Prize in 2008. In March 2009 it was presented at CeBIT as part of the Lower Saxony competition Galileo macht Schule . In 2010 the project received the GIS Award of GDI Saxony, endowed with 1000 euros.
  • School partnerships exist with the Lyceum " Général Leclerc " in Saverne in France and with Gimnazjum nr 1 in Józefów in Poland. The aim is to use intercultural learning and action to teach tolerance and to awaken an understanding of democracy.

Exchange program

Since 2005 there has been a student exchange program between the MCG and the German International School of Silicon Valley, USA. Several students spend around three months with host families and attend the partner school during this time.

Working groups

Since 2007, the MCG has been offering an all-day program in accordance with the funding guidelines of the Free State of Saxony. In addition to language courses and targeted subject support, for example chemistry or preparatory courses for the Mathematics Olympiad, these also include working groups. Among other things, the following are offered:

  • Sports groups: Ashtanga yoga course, football group with technical training, chess group, dance (jazz, folk dance, hip-hop, ballet), volleyball group
  • Music working groups: band working group (including playing with the school band Toxic Muffins ), choir working group, working group instrumental ensemble, working group "music on the computer"
  • Performing play: AGs cabaret (with writing and performance of own skits) and theater (in cooperation with the Theater Junge Generation )
  • Art and literature groups: “Writing and language” group (including calligraphy lessons), writing workshop, painting and drawing course, ceramics group, photography group (classic with analogue technology), group Erzgebirge folk art
  • Robot group for beginners and advanced users

School newspaper


The MCG students published the magazine Platonium from 1997 to 2010 . It was awarded the Saxon Youth Journalist Prize as the best school newspaper in Saxony in the year of its creation and has received the prize several times in the following years, including in the categories of best author and best online presence . In 2009, Platonium was awarded the fourth best German and best East German school newspaper in the Spiegel school newspaper competition among 1,400 school newspapers.

The correct one

Since 2017 there is now a new school newspaper Die Korrekte which is written by the students who take part in the GTA offer "School newspaper". The school newspaper appears twice a year and meets with great interest from the student body. The range of topics covers almost all fields that could potentially be of interest to students. In 2018, the school newspaper applied for the Domino - Youth Creates funding project and won partial funding. The first edition of the school newspaper Die Korrekte won the category of climbers at the Saxon Youth Journalist Prize 2018 .

Support association

There is a support association at the school, which aims to improve and create variety in school life. He supports projects and events but also class trips or individual students in special situations.

MCG teachers and graduates

Web links

Commons : Marie-Curie-Gymnasium Dresden  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. School network planning of the state capital Dresden, p. 109, accessed on September 16, 2017
  2. ^ Saxon school database, Marie-Curie-Gymnasium Dresden, number of teachers. Retrieved September 17, 2017 .
  3. Comments in the course of the planned new building on ( Memento of the original from August 16, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. Cultural monument: Zirkusstraße 7  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. .@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  5. See building catalog type school buildings , p. 13 (PDF).
  6. History on
  7. Marie-Curie-Gymnasium. In: Saxon newspaper. September 19, 2012, p. 15.
  8. ^ Katrin Richter: After the winter break, construction began at the Curie grammar school. In: Dresdner Latest News. February 17, 2012, p. 17.
  9. Redevelopment planning on ( Memento of the original from August 16, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  10. Peter Hilbert: At the end of April, a new school building is to start on Zirkusstrasse. In: Saxon newspaper. April 17, 2012, p. 17.
  11. Start of construction for the Marie-Curie-Gymnasium. In: Saxon newspaper. February 24, 2012, p. 10.
  12. Bomb alarm at the drug factory. In: Dresdner Latest News. January 23, 2013, p. 1.
  13. ^ A b c Peter Hilbert: pile building in the middle of the center. In: Saxon newspaper. May 30, 2012, p. 17.
  14. ^ A surprise find at the Curie Gymnasium. In: Saxon newspaper. January 19, 2012, p. 17.
  15. ^ Sarah Reichelt: Foundation stone for new Curie high school. In: Saxon newspaper. June 8, 2012, p. 11.
  16. Linda Barthel: Last fine work at Marie-Curie-Gymnasium. In: Saxon newspaper. June 7, 2014, p. 21.
  17. Peter Hilbert: In summer, students move to a new high school. In: Saxon newspaper. November 26, 2013, p. 17.
  18. ^ Peter Hilbert: The shell of the grammar school is now complete. In: Saxon newspaper. May 27, 2013, p. 16.
  19. a b Linda Barthel: After a bomb has been found, construction continues at the Marie-Curie-Gymnasium. In: Saxon newspaper. February 4, 2013, p. 16.
  20. ( Memento of the original from June 13, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  21. Curie high school students build GPS for wheelchair users. In: Saxon newspaper. February 25, 2010, p. 20.
  22. Complete overview on  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF; 52 kB)@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  24. Home. Retrieved June 11, 2018 .
  25. ^ Youth Press Saxony: Saxon Youth Journalist Prize. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on November 9, 2018 ; accessed on November 9, 2018 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  26. Cf. Vita on ( memento of the original from April 24, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
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