Gimnazija Banja Luka

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Gimnazija Banja Luka
Zmaj Jovina 13
Banja Luka
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Type Public, Co-educational
Founded 1895
Principal Zoran Pejašinović
Teaching staff 100
Number of students 1300
Average class size 30 students
Language Serbian, English
School colour(s) Maroon and gray

Gimnazija Banja Luka (Serbian Cyrillic: Гимназија Бања Лука) is a gymnasium in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Situated in the centre of the city, it was founded as the Velika Real, or Grand Royal school on October 4, 1895 by the Austro-Hungarian government, making it the oldest high school in the Republika Srpska entity.

The school, which has approximately 1300 students and more than 100 staff, offers national and international study programmes. Annual enrollment is about 300 students for the national programmes and 18-22 for the international.


The school teaches the national Matura programme and, as of 2006, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Like most high schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Matura programme takes 4 years (ages 15–19). Students choose among 4 different fields of curriculum focus: general, linguistics and social sciences, informatics, and mathematics.


The Gymnasium was housed entirely in the original Velika Real building until 1969, when a new building was constructed in Zmaj Jovina Street after a major earthquake.

Gimnazija Banja Luka buildings
Velika Real building in 1903 

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