Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums

The Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums (translation: Academic School of the Johanneum, short: Johanneum) is a Gymnasium (or Grammar School ) in Hamburg, Germany. It is Hamburg's oldest school and was founded in 1529 by Johannes Bugenhagen. The school´s focus is on the teaching of Latin and ancient Greek. It is proud of having educated some of Germany's political leaders as well as some of Germany's notable scientists.[1] The school is operated and financed by the city of Hamburg.

Academic School of the Johanneum
Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums
Maria-Louisen-Straße 114


Coordinates53°35′23″N 10°0′23″E
RectorInken Hose
Number of students800

Twinned schools

The school is twinned with the two London schools Latymer Upper School and Godolphin and Latymer School.

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

In Jules Verne's novel, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, one of the main characters, Otto Lidenbrock, is a professor at the Johanneum.


Hödhütte is the country house of the Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums. Leased by the school since 1970, it is located in the Radstädter Tauern, Austria. Living conditions are very simple (the house has only one tap, students sleep in communal bunks, there is no TV and no telephone and students are not allowed to bring their cellphones). All pupils are required to spend 11 days at Hördhütte during their seventh year of schooling. This is believed to build community spirit and strengthen character. The students will also learn how to ski.

Students from all years have the opportunity to spend their holidays in Hödhütte.

Visiting historical sites

The school feels that every student should have the opportunity of experiencing the sites of classical antiquity at first hand. The Verein zur Förderung von Schulreisen an klassische Stätten e.V. was formed fund this activity.

Bibliotheca Johannei

The library of the school is called Bibliotheca Johannei. It has 55,000 books written in Latin, Ancient Greek, English, French, Italian and German. The library prides itself in having the first editions of many of the milestones of European literature. The oldest book is a Latin bible dating from 1491.

Alumni society

The school has an alumni society called Verein ehemaliger Schüler der Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums zu Hamburg e.V.. It has 1,300 members. One of its main tasks is to provide money for school activities.

Former teachers

Former teachers of the school include:

Former pupils

Former students of the school include:

See also


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