Erenköy Girls High School

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Erenköy Girls High School
Erenköy Kız Anadolu Lisesi
ErenköyGirlsHighSchool BuildingA 1.jpg
Entrance to the main building of Erenköy Girls High School
Ömerpaşa Sok. 82
Erenköy, Kadıköy
Istanbul, 34738, Turkey
Coordinates 40°58′38″N 29°04′24″E / 40.97722°N 29.07333°E / 40.97722; 29.07333Coordinates: 40°58′38″N 29°04′24″E / 40.97722°N 29.07333°E / 40.97722; 29.07333
School type Public Anadolu
Established 1911
Principal Yavuz Ş. Erturan
Vice principal Sema Silahtar
Staff 5
Teaching staff 65
Gender Girls
Alumni Türkan Akyol
Erenköy Girls High School is located in Istanbul
Erenköy Girls High School
Location of Erenköy Girls High School in Istanbul, Turkey
Building B of Erenköy Girls High School

Erenköy Girls High School (Turkish: Erenköy Kız Anadolu Lisesi) is a public girls high school at Erenköy neighborhood of Kadıköy district in Istanbul, Turkey. Founded in 1911, during the Ottoman Empire, it is the oldest surviving girls high school in the country and the only girls high school in Istanbul.[1]


Erenköy Girls High School was established 1911 in the Mansion of Nemizade Zihni Bey at Kabasakal neighborhood of Istanbul. It was later renamed Model School for Girls (Ottoman Turkish: Kız Numune Mektebi) and moved to the Mansion of Rıdvan Pasha. In 1916, the school was finally named Erenköy Girls High School (Ottoman Turkish: Erenköy İnas Sultanisi). The school moved then to a mansion purchased for 7,500 gold coins by the Ministry of Education from Mabeyinci Faik Bey. The school dormitory was extended by purchasing the mansion of Hajji Hüseyin Pasha from its last owner Hatice Sultan, one of the daughters of Sultan Murad V (reigned 1876).[2][3]

Education continued at scattered sites after the school building burnt down on February 22, 1945. The school moved into the current building in the academic year 1954-55. From 1990 on, no more boarding students were accepted. Erenköy Girls High School is today an Anadolu-type high school called "Super High School", at which education is in a foreign language, the courses are computer-aided and the classroom size is limited.[2][3]

This school has educated generations of Turkish women who have achieved important social standing in the Turkish society. Until 1979, it was a girls-only school, when boy students were also accepted to the school. This practice lasted for only one and a half academic years and the school never again accepted boys.[1][3]

Notable teachers[edit]

  • Bedia Muvahhit (1897-1994), a renowned stage and movie actress, served as a teacher for French language between 1921-1923 before her acting career.[4]
  • Remziye Hisar (1902-1992), teacher of chemistry serving as administrative staff

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b Yanık, Fign (2008-04-26). "İstanbul'da kalan tek kız lisesi". Sabah (in Turkish). Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  2. ^ a b "1911'de kuruldu". Sabah (in Turkish). 2008-04-26. Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  3. ^ a b c "Kurumumuz / Tarihçemiz" (in Turkish). Erenköy Kız Lisesi. Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  4. ^ "Bedia Muvahhit". İstanbul Kadın Müzesi. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  5. ^ "Ankara Üniversitesi Rektörleri-Prof. Dr. Türkan Akyol" (in Turkish). Ankara University. Retrieved 2013-02-08. 
  6. ^ a b c "Ünlü Mezunlarımız" (in Turkish). Erenköy Kız Lisesi Mezunlar Derneği. Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  7. ^ a b "Güzellerimiz" (in Turkish). Erenköy Kız Lisesi Bitirenler Derneği. Retrieved 2013-02-09. 

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