Bergen Cathedral School
|Bergen Cathedral School|
The current main building.
|Kong Oscarsgt. 36
|Type||Upper secondary school|
|Motto||Ex sapientia libertas|
|School district||Hordaland county municipality|
|Head of school||Lise Hårklau Holsen|
|Grades||VG1 - VG3|
|Number of students||850|
Bergen Cathedral School (Norwegian: Bergen Katedralskole, Latin: Schola Cathedralis Bergensis, formerly known as Bergens lærdeskole and Bergen latinskole and colloquially known as Katten) is an upper secondary school in Bergen, Norway. Located in the city centre, next to Bergen Cathedral, the school has about 850 students, 95 full-time teachers, and 5 administration personnel, including the headmaster, Lise Hårklau Holsen.
The school is thought to have been founded in 1153 by Nicholas Breakspear (later Pope Adrian IV), making the school the second oldest in Norway together with Oslo Cathedral School and Hamar Cathedral School, which were founded the same year, one year after the founding of Trondheim Cathedral School.
Although the earliest written records documenting the school's existence date back to 1288, Bergen Cathedral School is believed to have been founded in 1153 by Nicholas Breakspear, who became Pope Adrian IV in 1154. It was founded as a theological school for the education of priests. Pupils would start attending the school around the age of seven. Until the school reform in 1806, the school was tied to the church.
The school moved to its present location in 1840. The original building is still in use as the offices for the administration, as well as some classrooms. This building also houses the school library. In 1869 the school's gyms were built, and the same year the school changed its name from "Bergen Latinskole" to its present "Bergen katedralskole".
The school was independent until 1896, but has been administered by the government since. In 1972, the school was made a regular upper secondary school administered by the county government.
A classrooms only building was built in 1957. Another building, containing science laboratories, computer rooms and a cafeteria was built in 1992.
In July 2007, large amounts of mold were discovered in the building from 1840. This led to the building getting closed, resulting in a shortage of teacher offices. The building contains several old classrooms, an auditorium and the school library, which is the oldest library known in Norway. For a while, the school administration considered delaying the start of the term, but this never happened as the teachers and the day-time adult education classes ended up moving into temporary barracks in the schoolyards of Bergen Cathedral School and Tanks Upper Secondary School. In February 2008, it was decided that the building will be renovated at a price of 6 million NOK as a temporary solution that will last until at least 2014.
At present, 2016-2017, the original building is closed for renovation and an additional building is being added between it and the classroom wing. The administration, the school library and some classes are temporarily located at the former Tanks videregående skole.
Of the mainline courses offered in Norwegian upper secondary schools, only the generalist line, studiespesialisering, is offered by Bergen Cathedral School. The school is the only one in Bergen offering the IB Diploma Programme, from which about forty students graduate per year. In the 2005-2006 school year, the senior year students of Bergen Cathedral School received the third best grades in Western Norway, which was the highest achieving region of Norway. The school has a reputation as a prestigious school, because of its history and high grade requirements.
A number of the most famous alumni in the history of the school are engraved in a plaque in the old building from 1840:
- Gjeble Pederssøn (c. 1490-1557), bishop
- Absalon Pederssøn Beyer (1578-1575), clergyman, writer and lecturer
- Edvard Edvardsen (1630-1695), historian
- Petter Dass (1647-1707), poet
- Ludvig Holberg (1684-1754), writer, playwright and lawyer
- Hans Strøm (1726-1797), topographer
- Claus Fasting (1674-1739), merchant, mayor and historian
- Martin Vahl (1749-1804), botanist and zoologist
- Nils Hertzberg (1827-1911), politician, theologist and teacher
- Jens Zetlitz (1761-1821), poet
- Hans Jacob Grøgaard (1764-1836), priest and Eidsvoll delegate
- Christopher Frimann Omsen (1761-1829), civil servant and Eidsvoll delegate
- Lyder Sagen (1777-1850), teacher and poet
- Wilhelm Frimann Koren Christie (1778-1849), civil servant and Eidsvoll delegate
- Nicolai Wergeland (1780-1848), theologist and Eidsvoll delegate
- Edvard Hagerup (1781-1853), politician
- Christian Lassen (1800-1876), orientalist
- Georg Prahl Harbitz (1802-1889), priest and politician
- Michael Sars (1805-1869), theologian and biologist
- Frederik Stang (1808-1884), Prime Minister
- Johann Sebastian Welhaven (1807-1873), poet and critic
- Ludvig Kristensen Daa (1809-1877), politician, historian and journalist
- Ole Bull (1810-1880) violinist and composer
- Johan Fritzner (1812-1893), priest and lexicograph
- Peter Andreas Jensen (1812-1867), priest and writer
- Sven Brun (1812-1894), priest
- Ole Irgens (1829-1906), teacher and politician
- Peter Waage (1833-1900), chemist
- Jacob Worm-Müller (1834-1889), physiologist
- Henrik Mohn (1835-1916), meteorologist
- Ernst Sars (1835-1917), historian and politician
- Armauer Hansen (1841-1912), physician
- Alf Torp (1853-1916), philologist
- Gerhard Gran (1856-1925), writer
- Christian Michelsen (1857-1925), shipping magnate and Prime Minister
- Lauritz Stub Wiberg (1875-1929), actor
- Harald Sæverud (1897-1992), composer
- Helge Ingstad (1899-2001), polar explorer, lawyer, Governor of Norwegian Occupied East Greenland 1932-33
- Nordahl Grieg (1902-1943), poet, novelist, dramatist, and journalist
- Johan Nielsen (1919-1984), priest og politician from the Faroe Islands
- Per Hysing-Dahl (1920-1989), politician
Other notable alumni
- Johan Koren Christie (1814–1885), writer
- Hartvig Lassen (1824-1897), editor and historian
- Jonas Lie (1833-1908), writer
- Wollert Konow (1845-1924), Prime Minister
- Hans Gerhard Stub (1849-1931), Church Bishop
- Arnulf Øverland (1889-1968), writer
- Sverre Steen (1898-1983), historian.
- Knut Fægri (1909-2001) botanist and palaeoecologist
- Kaare Meland (1915-2002), politician
- Georg Johannesen (1931-2005), writer and academic
- Narve Bjørgo (1936-), academic
- Ole D. Mjøs (1939-), academic
- Jarle Aarbakke (1942-), academic
- Gunnar Staalesen (1947-), writer
- Siri Hustvedt (1955-), writer
- Gabriel Fliflet (1958-), musician
- Harald Tveit Alvestrand (1959-), computer scientist
- Heikki Holmås (1972-), politician
- Tore Eikeland (1990-2011) politician and youth party leader of AUF in Hordaland, killed at Utøya
- Hans Holmboe(1798-1868)
- Johan Koren Christie (1814–1885)
- Emanuel Mohn (1842-1891)
- Gerhard Gran (1856-1925)
- Ahlert Hysing (1793–1879) 
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