Bergen Cathedral School

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Bergen Cathedral School
The current main building.
Kong Oscarsgt. 36
5017 Bergen

Coordinates60°23′35″N 5°19′52″E / 60.393134°N 5.331212°E / 60.393134; 5.331212
TypeUpper secondary school
MottoEx sapientia libertas
School districtHordaland county municipality
Head of schoolLise Hårklau Holsen
GradesVG1 - VG3
Number of students850
Campus typeUrban

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,[1] 95 full-time teachers,[2] and 5 administration personnel,[3] 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 building of Bergen Cathedral School, then known as Bergen latinskole, until 1840.

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.[4] 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,[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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.


This plaque on the oldest extant school building in Lille Øvregaten states that Ludvig Holberg was a student here (1694 to 1702)

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.[7] The school has a reputation as a prestigious school, because of its history and high grade requirements.[8]

Notable people[edit]


A number of the most famous alumni in the history of the school are engraved in a plaque in the old building from 1840:

Other notable alumni[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ (2017). "Bergen katedralskole" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  2. ^ "Ansatte - Bergen katedralskole". Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  3. ^ "Skolens administrasjon - Bergen katedralskole". Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  4. ^ a b Christian Lura (2007). "Stenger Katten" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2007-07-14. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
  5. ^ Gudrun Sylte (2007). "Husløse tre uker før skolestart" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
  6. ^ Stanley Hauge (2008). "Mellombels utbetring ved Bergen katedralskole - Hordaland Fylkeskommune" (in Norwegian). Hordaland County Municipality. Retrieved 2008-04-01.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Øyvind Lefdal Eidsvik (2007). "Vest best i skoletest" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
  8. ^ Krister Clausen Hoaas (2007). "Katten og BHG ned fra tronen" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2007-07-18. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
  9. ^ a b c d Gunnar Hagen Hartvedt (1994). "Bergen katedralskole". Bergen Byleksikon: 89–90.
  10. ^ a b Aarnes, Sigurd Aa (2001). "Gerhard Gran". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). 3. Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
  11. ^ Reitan, Lorentz; Inger Bentzon (1997). Harald Sæverud : (1897-1992) : mannen, musikken og mytene. Oslo: Forum/Aschehoug. pp. 36–37. ISBN 82-03-29078-7.
  12. ^ Hysing-Dahl, Per (1990). Vingeslag : fra cockpiten til presidentplassen. Oslo: Aschehoug. p. 25. ISBN 82-03-16376-9.
  13. ^ a b Bull, Francis (1926). "Christie, Johan Koren". In Bull, Edvard; Jansen, Einar. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). 3 (1st ed.). Oslo: Aschehoug. pp. 9–11.
  14. ^ Aarnes, Sigurd (1991). "Og nevner vi Henrik Wergelands navn" : Wergeland-kultusen som nasjonsbyggende faktor. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget. p. 24. ISBN 82-00-21398-6.
  15. ^ Aaslestad, Petter. "Jonas Lie". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved 2009-06-13. 1847 ble han elev ved Bergen katedralskole
  16. ^ Wollert Konow (Søndre Bergenhus)
  17. ^ Hans Gerhard Stub (Store norske leksikon)
  18. ^ Hag, Kari. "Elizabeth Stephansen". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon. Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget.
  19. ^ Schjelderup, W. M. (1910). Bergens katedralskoles artianersamfund "Hugin". Bergen: John Grieg. p. 93.
  20. ^ Fægri, Knut. "Else Dethloff". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon. Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget.
  21. ^ Øverland, Arnulf; Helge Nordahl (1994). Essays. Oslo: Grøndahl Dreyer. p. 140. ISBN 82-504-2164-7.
  22. ^ Kobberrød, Jan Thomas. "Sverre Steen". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
  23. ^ Meland, Kaare (1999). Spennende år i bank, næringsliv og politikk. Oslo: Alma mater. p. 21. ISBN 82-419-0254-9.
  24. ^ Bergfjord, Kjell. "Gunnvor Rundhovde". In Sandsmark, Per Magnus Finnanger. Allkunne. Hovdebygda: Nynorsk kultursentrum.
  25. ^ Johannesen, Georg (1994). Moralske tekster : essays og innlegg 1978-1994. Oslo: Cappelen. pp. 20–21. ISBN 82-02-15210-0.
  26. ^ a b c Lien, Trondar (22 March 2008). Rektor i mange roller (in Norwegian). Bladet Tromsø.
  27. ^ Katrine Lunde; Audun Eskeland (2007). "En date med Gunnar Staalesen" (in Norwegian). Bergensbladet. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2008-02-25.
  28. ^ Silje Kathrine Sviggum (2007). "Skjørtejegeren" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 2008-08-12.
  29. ^ Stian Bringsverd Olsen (2006). "Folkefest i Fensal" (in Norwegian). Bergens Tidene. Archived from the original on 2015-01-02. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
  30. ^ "Heikki Holmås" (in Norwegian). Storting.
  31. ^ Hans Holmboe Norsk biografisk leksikon
  32. ^ Lauritzen, Per Roger. "Emanuel Mohn". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 5 April 2009.
  33. ^ Ahlert Hysing — Norwegian Social Science Data Services

Other sources[edit]

  • Hartvedt, Gunnar Hagen (1994). Bergen Byleksikon. Kunnskapsforlaget. ISBN 82-573-0485-9.
  • Kurt Seim (2003). "Katten jubileer" (in Norwegian). Bergens Tidende. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-10-18.
  • Lysne, David W. (1993). Bergen Katedralskole gjennom 840 år. Et kort streiftog gjennom en lang skolehistorie.
  • Gjesdal, Carl O. Gram (1978). Omkring kunnskapens kastanjetre : en mannsalder med Bergen katedralskole.

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Coordinates: 60°23′36.09″N 5°19′51.76″E / 60.3933583°N 5.3310444°E / 60.3933583; 5.3310444