Pforzheim, 75242, Germany
|Headmaster||OStD Jochen Kleppel|
Reuchlin-Gymnasium (germ. for Reuchlin Grammar School) is a general educating grammar school of the town Pforzheim in Germany with one lingual and one scientific orientation. It was named after the humanist Johannes Reuchlin (1455–1522).
The history of Reuchlin-Gymnasium extends over since 500 years. 1447 a Latin school of Pforzheim is named as previous school for the first time, whose foundation is unknown. Probably it owes its birth the institution of a collegiate at castle church St. Michael. Members of the collegiate were in all likelihood teachers, as the five years old Johannes Reuchlin entered the school. Reuchlin was taught here for ten years.
In both last decade of the 15th century the Latin school in Pforzheim reached greater importance. It grew over the Latin schools of Baden-Baden and Ettlingen. The Latin school in Pforzheim had competent teachers, and great men praised themselves to have received their first education at this school. Among rector Georg Simmler the school became in about 1500 from a collegiate school an urban school.
The heyday of the school took a half century. But with the death of Reuchlin the prominence of the school in Pforzheim gradually decreased.
1692 the monastery in which the Latin school was placed through a great city fire was fully deleted. The Latin school as Collegium Reuchlianum in the sacristy extension of the castle church was continued first again in 1718.
As answer to the great growth of the town in the end of the 19th century new school buildings were constructed. In this time the grammar school was built as successor to the Latin school on the bridge to Goethestraße into which was moved in 1905. It was a stately renaissance building. The highlight was, that the new school would wear the name "Reuchlin-Gymnasium".
The shore road on the Enz at the Reuchlin-Gymnasium received the name "Simmlerstraße" in memory of the first known rector of the Latin school. Eleven years later the High Secondary School, nowadays named Hebel-Gymnasium, moved into their new house.
The town's ruination on 23 February 1945 hit the Reuchlin-Gymnasium as strong as it couldn't more be built up. But the High Secondary School (Heben-Gymnasium) was built up again and received the Reuchlin-Gymnasium and the girls' secondary school in its rooms. Twenty years along (1948–1968) the Reuchlin-Gymnasium was guest at Hebel-Gymnasium.
1955 the Reuchlin-Gymnasium received its organisatory independence back again in occasion of the humanist's Johannes Reuchlin 500th birthday.
Into the own house on the old water tower the Reuchlin-Gymnasium could move first on 25 October 1968. Far away the loud town traffic is located the Reuchlin-Gymnasium, but near the city and with the city bus line 7 and direct school bus links with the main station, all town districts simply available. Amid of green areas and schoolyards the four buildings of the grammar school rise up, the class room section with atrium as meeting place, communication and celebration, the music pavilion, the scientific building with sports hall, since 1970 the extension and since 1999 the „Greek Theatre". Currently about 900 students visit the Reuchlin-Gymnasium.
Possibilies of education
The Reuchlin-Gymnasium offers after entering the school an old lingual and a new lingual orientation like one bilingual. Especially known is the school for its highly gifteds's orientation.
In the old lingual orientation from the 5. class on Latin is taught four hours per week.
In the new lingual the second foreign language is French and is taught from class 6 on.
The bilingual orientation has got reinforced English lessons (six weekly lessons instead of four in class 5 and four instead of three in class 6) and also from class 6 on French.
In class 8 every student has got the choice between Ancient Greek and Naturwissenschaft und Technik (engl. Sciencly and technical education). Students of all forms, which haven't still elected French for class 6, can elect it still now.
The highly gifteds's orientation, which the school has got since 2006, has got from class 5 on Latin and is done by extra educated teachers. For entering the highly giftets's orientation has to be done a test and some practise lessons have to be passed successful.
Also every student can earn the certificate „Europäisches Gymnasium" (engl. European grammar school), if he chooses optionally as 4. foreign language Spain and now has studied two old languages (Latin and Greek) and to modern languages (English and Spain). The English lessons are cut down to two weekly lessons with election of the subject Spain.
- Adventsrock (Advent Rock): Yearly in the Atrium of the Reuchlin-Gymnasium on the first Friday of December takes place the Adventsrock. It is planned and organisated by the events's referents of the student council. The event took place in 2008 the 26th time and had about 1000 visitors.
- Jazzabend (Jazz Eve): Regularly a jazz eve takes place also in the atrium of the Reuchlin-Gymnasium.
- Musikabend (Music Eve): Regularly on Reuchlin-Gymnasium a music eve with mostly classical presentations of students takes place. Also the String Project and the String Society play some songs.
The grammar school's headmaster is Jochen Kleppel, the representative headmaster is Claudia Schnabel.
- Heinrich Otto Wieland (1877–1957), graduation 1896, German chemist and nobel laureates
- Erich Rothacker (1888–1965), graduation 1907, German philosopher
- Richard Ziegler (1891–1992), German painter
- Wilhelm Baur (1895–1973), German publisher
- Laura Perls (1905–1990), German psychoanalyst
- Herbert Witzenmann (1905–1988), German fabricant and philosopher
- Frithjof Rodi (* 1930), German author and professor of philosophy
- Martin Boss (* 1959), graduation 1978, German archaeologist
- Uwe Hübner (* 1961), graduation 1981, German presenter
- Nicola Thost (* 1977), graduation 1996, German snowboarder
- Adventsrock im Reuchlin-Gymnasium lockt 1000 Gäste, Pforzheimer Zeitung, Article in 8 December 2008
- http://www.reuchlinfreunde.de/ReuchlinJahr2007.pdf, p. 3, l. 25-27