Stefan Batory Gymnasium and Lyceum (Warsaw, Poland)

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II Stefan Batory Lyceum and Gymnasium
II Liceum Ogólnokształcące (L.O.) i Gimnazjum im. Stefana Batorego w Warszawie
Gimnazjum i Liceum Batorego w Warszawie 2015.JPG
Myśliwiecka 6
Warsaw, Mazovia, Śródmieście, 00-459
Coordinates 52°07′56″N 21°01′13″E / 52.1322°N 21.0204°E / 52.1322; 21.0204Coordinates: 52°07′56″N 21°01′13″E / 52.1322°N 21.0204°E / 52.1322; 21.0204
School type Public, Middle school and High school
Patron saint(s) Stefan Batory
Founded September 1, 1918
Opened September 28, 1918
Founder Antoni Ponikowski
Principal Barbara Kordas
Age 13 to 19
Language Bilingual: Polish, English

The II Stefan Batory Lyceum and Gymnasium is a public secondary school founded on September 1, 1918, and located at 6 Myśliwiecka Street in Warsaw, Poland.[1] It is one of the most prestigious secondary level educational establishments in Poland. Famous alumni include among others composer Witold Lutosławski and poet and Home Army soldier - Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński, killed during Warsaw Uprising.

II Stefan Batory Lyceum, a higher-secondary level school, offers subject-profiled classes taught both in Polish and bilingual English - Polish. The curricula of the profiled classes provide enhanced education in mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, humanities (languages and history) and geography. Since 2005, the school offers the two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) intended for students aged 16–19.[2]


The school's history starts with founding of the Stefan Batory Gymnasium on September 1, 1918. It was originally located at 21 Kapucyńska Street. Construction of the current premises, the work of the eminent architect and urbanist prof. Tadeusz Tołwiński , started in 1922 and was completed in September 1924. The school was equipped with exceptionally modern learning facilities and science labs, astronomical observatory (now closed), underground swimming pool and botanical garden. The teaching staff was composed of distinguished teachers like Stanisław Młodożeńiec, Stanisław Arnold, Stanisław Malec, Gustaw Wuttke, Adam Zieleńczyk to name just a few. At the outset of the World War II, during German invasion of Poland in September 1939, the school served as field hospital, supporting the nearby Ujazdowski Hospital. During the German occupation of Poland (1939-1945) the school's buildings were requisitioned and hosted German primary and secondary school. Its opening was attended by Governor General Hans Frank. Throughout the occupation period Stefan Batory Gymnasium teachers organized underground education for its students.

In the post World War II period the name of the school was changed to II Stefan Batory Lyceum in Warsaw. (Polish name - II Liceum Ogółnokształcące im. Stefana Batorego w Warszawie).

Notable alumni[edit]

The following list is based on the list provided on the website of the school who have Wikipedia pages about them, historian and alumni information:[3]