Deutsche Schule Istanbul
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|Deutsche Schule Istanbul|
|Teaching staff||54 German ,
|Grades||For Germans: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 For Turks: Prep, 9, 10, 11, 12|
The view of Galata Tower from the school
Deutsche Schule Istanbul (formal German name) or Özel Istanbul Alman Lisesi (formal Turkish name) or simply Alman Lisesi ("German School of Istanbul", in English) is one of the most prestigious high schools in Turkey. It was established in May 1868 for the children of German traders, artists, engineers and diplomats living in Istanbul. Because of the increasing number of students and the destruction of the building during the 1894 Istanbul earthquake, the school moved to its present building at Şahkulu Bostani Street in Beyoğlu. The school had a lot of troubles during the World War I, however, once the war was over, the school started to educate both German and Turkish students according to the German high school system from Kindergarten through high school.
Today, Turkish students have to take a highly competitive nationwide examination in Turkey and typically score among the top 5000 in order to attend the school. Deutsche Schule Istanbul offers its students education in German, including math, physics, biology, and chemistry, combined with social science courses in Turkish, mandatory English language classes, and optional French language classes. The school provides a strong foundation in sciences as well as in German and English language. Education through the 12th grade culminates with the optional German Abitur, and graduates go to the most prestigious universities in Turkey, Germany and the USA. Among the alumni are a number of very famous Turkish artists, scientists and politicians.
- Paul Lange, Music, moved from the American College for Girls to Alman Lisesi, later was as "Lange Bey" Master of the Sultan's Music for the last two Ottoman sultans starting in 1908. Died 1920 in Istanbul. For his son Hans Lange, see below.
- Friedrich Schrader, first at Robert College, moved from an Armenian lycée to Alman Lisesi. Later deputy editor in chief of the French German daily newspaper Osmanischer Lloyd.
- Reşat Ekrem Koçu, Turkish historian and writer, taught history.
- Bekir Sıtkı Erdoğan, Turkish poet and songwriter, taught literature.
- Mehmet Z. Baykara, scientist
- Hakan Behlil, businessman, Unilever's Africa, Middle East and Turkey Category Director
- Sahnaz Cakiralp, actress
- Yalcin Dogan, journalist
- Bülent Eczacıbaşı, businessman, CEO of Eczacıbaşı Holding
- Deniz Gokce, economist, journalist
- Kerem Kabadayı, rock musician, drummer of Turkish rock band Mor ve Ötesi
- Kenan Kalav, actor
- Melih Kibar, pop music composer
- Erkin Koray, rock musician
- Cem Koksal, rock musician, guitarist
- Haluk Kurosman, producer, GRGDN Music Production
- Atil Kutoglu, fashion designer
- Hans Lange, musician, conductor, assistant of Arturo Toscanini in New York, later conductor at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, son of Paul Lange
- Michael Meinecke, archaeologist
- Fatma Ceren Necipoğlu, harpist
- Kevork Kevin Niksarli, M.D., prominent U.S. laser eye surgeon
- Selim Şiper, businessman, General Manager of Ipragaz
- Kolja Spöri, Formula One manager, author
- Meral Tamer, journalist
- Sinan Tara, businessman, CEO of ENKA Holding
- Harun Tekin, rock musician, singer of Turkish rock band Mor ve Ötesi
- Emir Uyar, businessman, CEO of Permak Energy
- Cem Uzan, businessman
- Cuneyt Zapsu, consultant of the Prime Minister
- Serkan Ozkaya, artist
- Serhat Hacıpaşalıoğlu, former TV presenter Riziko, owner of END Production Company and organizer of KASDAV Music Contest
- Alper Maral, Composer
- Zeyyat Selimoglu, author
- Yekta Kara, general art director of Istanbul State Opera and Ballet
- Hakan Tamar, Radio DJ and TV presenter
- Ahmet E Kocagil, Head of FI Analytics, PIMCO
- Official website of Deutsche Schule Istanbul
- Official Alumni website
- An Alumni website based in Germany including a databank of graduates with their present positions and professions.