Athénée de Luxembourg
|Athénée de Luxembourg|
Innovation is our Tradition
|Type||Classical secondary school|
|Campus size||0.2 km² (0.1 sq mi)|
|Campus type||Campus Geesseknäppchen|
The Athénée de Luxembourg (English: Luxembourg Athenaeum), is a high school in Luxembourg City, in southern Luxembourg. It's commonly called Stater Kolléisch or De Kolléisch, and is the nation's oldest high school.
The school was originally founded by the Jesuit Order, and was located next to the Notre Dame Cathedral, in the Ville Haute quarter. After the French Revolution and the political turmoil that followed, the school was reorganized and renamed in 1817 as the public 'Athénée Royal'.
After the Second World War, the premises became too small, and the school was relocated in 1964 to Hollerich quarter, in the south-west of the city. Since the Athénée moved to this location, other schools have moved to the site as well, creating Campus Geesseknäppchen, just to the north of the terminus of the A4 motorway. The old site of the city Athenaeum currently hosts the National Library.
In 2003, the school celebrated its 400th anniversary with a series of events and the publication of a four-volume study of the school's rich history. The school's official motto is 'Tradition & Innovation', a phrase that the reflects the institution's continuous emphasis on scholarly excellence, the respect of humanist traditions and the desire to stay innovative.
Since 2007, Joseph Salentiny is the principal of the 'Athénée de Luxembourg'.
Some of the school's alumni include:
- Jean Asselborn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration.
- Robert Brasseur, founding member of the Liberal League.
- Xavier Brasseur, founding member of the Socialist Party.
- Paul Eyschen, Prime Minister of Luxembourg.
- Jean-Bapiste Fallize, first Vicar Apostolic of Norway.
- Luc Frieden, Luxembourgian Minister of Justice.
- Pierre Frieden, Prime Minister of Luxembourg.
- Eugène Jungers, administrator of the Belgian Congo.
- Anne Kremer, tennis player.
- Émile Reuter, Prime Minister of Luxembourg.
- Robert Schuman, Prime Minister of France and founding father of the European Union.
- Emmanuel Servais, Prime Minister of Luxembourg.
- Antoine Wehenkel, politician.
- Nik Welter, author and minister of education.
- 400 Joer Kolléisch (éditions saint-paul, 2003) (a comprehensive history in four volumes, written in French).
- Vol. I : Du Collège des Jésuites au Collège Municipal 1603-1815 (287 pp.)
- Vol. II : L'Athénée et ses grands Anciens 1815-1993. (477 pp.)
- Vol. III: L'Athénée aujourd'hui et demain. (269 pp.)
- Vol. IV : Hommage à l'Athénée. (314 pp.)
- Diederich, Paul: Athenäum 1932 - 1946, Wohnort und Schule (Association des Anciens de l'Athénée, 2001).
- Métamorphoses de l'Athénée, 1603 - 1989 (Luxembourg, 1989).
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