Otto Kühne School

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Otto Kühne School
type of school high school
School number 166327
founding 1883

Otto-Kühne-Platz 1

place Bonn - Bad Godesberg
country North Rhine-Westphalia
Country Germany
Coordinates 50 ° 41 ′ 19 ″  N , 7 ° 10 ′ 2 ″  E Coordinates: 50 ° 41 ′ 19 ″  N , 7 ° 10 ′ 2 ″  E
carrier Otto Kühne School Godesberg GmbH
student 810
Teachers approx. 60
management Willi Mirgartz
The main building of the pedagogy, after the demolition of the "small school house"

The Otto Kühne School in the Bad Godesberg district of Bonn - also known as Päda (abbreviation for pedagogy ) - is a state-recognized private substitute school and as such is on a par with a state grammar school . The school is attended by around 800 students who are taught by almost 60 teachers. The school had a boarding school until the end of the 2010/11 school year .


Dormitory house Arndt 1905

The Otto Kühne School was founded in 1883 by Pastor Julius Axenfeld as a Protestant pedagogy . In 1887 Professor Otto Kühne was employed as a teacher and boarding school director, and a little later he took over the school. Since then, it has been owned by the Kühne family. The boarding school and school have been called the Godesberg Otto Kühne School since 1937 . Since 1989 the Otto-Kühne-Schule has belonged to two GmbHs whose managing directors are Otto Kühne's great-grandchildren.

The school building was built between 1889 and 1901 according to plans by the Barmen architect Friedrich Schutte. The excavation work began in autumn 1899, the foundation stone was laid on March 17, 1900 and the inauguration on August 1, 1901. At that time it was one of the largest buildings in Godesberg, had a high tower with an observatory and thus shaped the townscape. On the afternoon of July 9, 1920, its original appearance was greatly changed by a roof fire: the tower and the large auditorium were destroyed. The building was then renewed in its current form by the architects Willy Maß without a tower by Easter 1921 .

In 2008 the Otto Kühne School celebrated its 125th anniversary with a big party. At the end of the 2010/2011 school year, the last boarding house was given up and closed.


The Otto Kühne School is located in the Godesberg district of Villenviertel , only separated from the Rhine by the former boarding houses and a park. The boarding houses, the gym and two school buildings are grouped around the schoolyard. The old school building, a striking seven-story brick building, has been a listed building since 1983.

Special features and educational concept

Rowing club of the pedagogy

The Otto Kühne School is one of the few private grammar schools in Germany that are not sponsored by churches, orders or other large organizations. This allows the school management a particular freedom in the implementation of the pedagogical concept. When selecting teachers, special emphasis is placed on commitment beyond the lesson times.

Since 1909, the pedagogical concept has included membership in the rowing club Pädagogium Godesberg (RVPG).

In 1899 the association of former students of the Bad Godesberg and Herchen 1899 e. V. (VESDEP), founded. The Vesdep-Nachrichten, which reports on the latest from the school, the RVPG and the Vesdep members, continues to appear today.


  • The old brick building has often served as a backdrop for various film productions and photo shoots.
  • The novel Spieltrieb by Juli Zeh , who attended Otto Kühne School as a pupil, is set at the fictional Ernst Bloch Gymnasium. When describing the school, Zeh was inspired by the Otto Kühne School. Various characters in the novel are based on the author's former teachers.


At the beginning of 2011, the school management became aware that there had been sexual assaults on young people by a teacher at the Otto Kühne School in 1985 and 2006; the accused teacher then quit the service. Due to the statute of limitations, the first abuse was no longer investigated, while the 2006 case was prosecuted.

In 2013 there was an incident in which a teacher watched pornographic material in class for several weeks in the presence of his students. The teacher was suspended and a case against him was initiated.

Well-known teachers / educators

Known students

Web links

Commons : Otto Kühne School  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. a b Päda data at a glance Internet offer of the Otto-Kühne-Schule Godesberg GmbH. . Retrieved October 10, 2016
  2. Friedhelm Schulz: The fire of the school building Pädagogium Godesberg on July 9, 1920 . In: Godesberger Heimatblätter: Annual issue of the Association for Home Care and Home History Bad Godesberg eV , ISSN  0436-1024 , Issue 49 (2011), Association for Home Care and Home History Bad Godesberg , Bad Godesberg 2012, pp. 138–151.
  3. Ebba Hagenberg-Miliu: The Päda boarding school closes after 128 years. In: General-Anzeiger (Bonn). July 20, 2011, accessed May 1, 2015 .
  4. Godesberger Miscellen . In: Godesberger Heimatblätter , issue No. 22, p. 168.
  5. List of monuments of the city of Bonn (as of March 15, 2019), number A 549
  6. Rowing Association Pädagogium Godesberg Website of the RVPG (accessed on March 21, 2012)
  7. Ebba Hagenberg-Miliu: Sexual abuse of the Päda - public prosecutor determined. In: General-Anzeiger Bonn . March 29, 2012, accessed September 5, 2014 .
  8. Seventh graders caught him: Teacher staring at porn in class - suspended. In: Express . November 18, 2013, accessed September 5, 2014 .
  9. Sex videos in class: Porno-Drummers: Police examine his laptop. In: Express. November 18, 2013, accessed September 5, 2014 .
  10. ^ Karl Schröder: Rise and Fall of Robert Ley , Ruppichteroth Citizens Association, Verlag Franz Schmitt, Siegburg 2008, ISBN 978-3-87710-342-5 , p. 19