Elena Cuza National College (Craiova)

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Elena Cuza National College is a high school in Craiova, Romania teaching mainly foreign languages. Until 1944 and between 1970 and 1975, all classes were held in French.


The school was founded in 1833 under the name of "Pensionatul de fete Lazaro-Otetelișanu" as a school for girls, belonging to Lazaro-Otetelișanu, the first of its kind in Wallachia. It was meant to help educate the girls of Boyar families. The initiative belonged to Iordache Otetelișanu but most of the money came from Constantin Lazaro, who gives the school the houses he inherited form his wife, Zoița Pârșcoveanca. All the girls who were accepted in the school had to know to read and write in a foreign language.

In 1860, the school was nationalized.

Starting 1959 it was renamed "Școala medie nr. 3".

Between 1966 and 1976, the school changes name again and is called „Liceul nr. 3” for the first time accepting boys.

Between 1977 and 1989 it was called „Liceul de Filologie-Istorie” and then „Liceul Elena Cuza”. Since 1998 it has been called „Colegiul Național Elena Cuza”.