The Wilhelmsgymnasium of Munich, founded in 1559, is an academic secondary school, and the oldest such school in Munich. According to its 2006 year book, the results of the school's students in the Abitur were the best in the whole of Bavaria.
Since 2004, this has been the only school in Bavaria which can claim to be a Humanistisches Gymnasium on the traditional pattern, meaning that it focuses on the Classics: each of the approximately 600 students needs to study Latin, English, and Ancient Greek, as well as taking a variety of other courses.
The Gymnasium was founded in 1559 by Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria as a "Paedagogium", but was renamed in 1849 after its probable sponsor, Duke Wilhelm V. By 1773, the Gymnasium was under Jesuit direction ("Jesuit Gymnasium"). The present building on Thierschstraße (corner of Maximilianstraße) was erected in 1879 in Neo-Renaissance style.
Notable former pupils
The school has had many famous (and infamous) students, who include (in alphabetical order):
- Johannes R. Becher
- Count Otto von Bray-Steinburg
- Anton Diabelli
- Lion Feuchtwanger
- Franz Xaver Gabelsberger
- Carl Jung
- Golo Mann
- Klaus Mann
- Max von Pettenkofer
- Richard Riemerschmid
- Carl Spitzweg
- Ludwig Thoma
- Gunnar B. Stickler
- Hermann Stieve
- Konstantin Wecker
- Maximilian von Weichs (1881–1954), Field Marshal
- Official Homepage of the Wilhelmsgymnasium
- Research on the history of the Wilhelmsgymnasium München by Peter Kefes (German)
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