Walddörfer high school

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Walddörfer high school
Entrance area of ​​the Walddörfer-Gymnasium
Entrance area of ​​the Walddörfer-Gymnasium
type of school high school
founding 1930
place Hamburg
country Hamburg
Country Germany
Coordinates 53 ° 39 '8 "  N , 10 ° 10' 28"  E Coordinates: 53 ° 39 '8 "  N , 10 ° 10' 28"  E
carrier Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
student around 1,000
management Jürgen Solf
Website wdg.hamburg.de

The Walddörfer-Gymnasium (formerly "Walddörferschule") is a high school in the Hamburg district of Volksdorf , which was founded in 1930. It was built by the Hamburg city architect Fritz Schumacher .


The Walddörfer-Gymnasium is architecturally and pedagogically a foundation of reform pedagogy . Schumacher used a very strict masonry technique, the Märkischer Verband - two full stones are followed by one stone with the narrow side facing outwards. The principle is broken at the entrances.

The auditorium and the two L-shaped two-storey flat roof buildings enclose the school's spacious inner courtyard. The gym buildings facing west close the circle around the inner courtyard, so that from the auditorium in the foreground you still had a straight view (under the gymnastics room) to the sports stadium. This changed with the construction of a cafeteria, which also exists as a connection between the north and south wings. Due to the lack of a central building, the arrangement of the original buildings around an inner courtyard results in many access options. Schumacher had planned the ensemble with eight wells as drinking water supply for the students, which have been in operation again since 2000 after a long period of shutdown and are used on special occasions.
In 1955, a memorial area in honor of the students and teachers who perished between 1939 and 1945 was inaugurated in the western south wing, at the staircase from the upper floor: a large wall relief, flanked on two walls by the names, and at the end of 2003, on the initiative of a group of students, in front inner courtyard area In Allhorn 45 a stumbling block was laid for former student Herbert Pincus.


Today's high school goes back to the merger of the private school of the Anthonia Emkes with the Volksdorfer elementary school. The north wing of the building was originally an elementary school and the south wing an upper secondary school. The auditorium, the music hall, the two gyms and the gymnastics hall were used by both schools with a shared inner courtyard. The terraces in front of the classes were created for outdoor lessons.

From the very beginning it has had a special aesthetic focus with a focus on making music, theater and visual design. In grades 5 to 7 there is one level orchestra, as well as two big bands, two choirs and a large middle-upper level orchestra. Another focus of the profile is the special foreign language offer: English, Russian, Spanish, Latin, Chinese and French. The school maintains exchange contacts with partner schools in London, Madrid, St.Petersburg, Shanghai and Warsaw.

The so-called “cabinet system” was introduced at the beginning of the 2007/2008 school year, which means that almost every teacher has their own room and can equip it for their teaching purposes. The Walddörfer-Gymnasium is the first school in Hamburg to use this room system. In addition, the Walddörfer-Gymnasium has a photovoltaic system on the roof of the north wing. It is the largest photovoltaic system on a Hamburg school and was inaugurated on December 17th, 2008.

Known teachers

  • Herbert Giffei (1908-1995)
  • Jürgen Dzewas, Mathematics (teacher + author)

Well-known graduates


The Walddörfer-Gymnasium was selected by the Robert Bosch Foundation as one of the 20 best schools in Germany for 2018.


  • Maike Bruhns : Building jewelry at Fritz Schumacher. (= Series of publications by the Hamburg Architecture Archive. Volume 30). Dölling and Galitz, Munich / Hamburg 2013, ISBN 978-3-86218-038-7 , section No. 272, p. 586 ff

Web links

Commons : Walddörfer-Gymnasium  - collection of pictures

Individual evidence

  1. including four fountains with sculptures by Edmund Beckmann: fox , eagle , playing child , ringed rows , see Maike Bruhns: Bauschmuck bei Fritz Schumacher , part 2 - catalog raisonné, p. 367 and 587 f (the fountains playing child and ringed rows are in the north wing , the western floors of which have been closed since 2016 due to renovation - planned end: August 2017)
  2. ^ Short biography Edmund Beckmann in Rump / Bruhns: Der neue Rump. Lexicon of Visual Artists Hamburg , Wachholtz Verlag, Neumünster / Hamburg 2013, ISBN 978-3-529-02792-5 , p. 35, right column
  3. Stumbling block for Herbert Pincus
  4. ^ The German School Prize 2018. Robert Bosch Stiftung, archived from the original on December 22, 2017 ; accessed on December 18, 2017 .