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Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 6–8
60316 Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt am Main
Coordinates 50°6′53″N 8°42′0″E / 50.11472°N 8.70000°E / 50.11472; 8.70000Coordinates: 50°6′53″N 8°42′0″E / 50.11472°N 8.70000°E / 50.11472; 8.70000
School type Public Gymnasium
Founded 1888
School number 5110[1]
Head of school Thomas Mausbach
Grades 5–12
Gender Coeducational
Number of students approximate 1000

The Heinrich-von-Gagern-Gymnasium (abbreviation: HvGG; English: Heinrich von Gagern Gymnasium) is a humanistic or classical Gymnasium in the borough Ostend of Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

The eponym is Heinrich von Gagern (1799–1880). The school has approximately 1000 students.

The Heinrich von Gagern Gymnasium is one of only two schools in Frankfurt which teach Latin and ancient Greek. The other school which offers a traditional, humanist education in Frankfurt is the Lessing-Gymnasium, Frankfurt.

Founded in 1880, the school enjoys a reputation for academic excellence in the greater Frankfurt area. Because of its reputation for academic rigour and as a drug and violence free environment, the Heinrich-von-Gagern-Gymnasium is known to draw a large proportion of its student body from the children of Frankfurt's highly educated and upper-class families.

Latin is compulsory for all students from the fifth to the ninth grade. Ancient-Greek, French or Italian must be selected as a third foreign language from the eighth grade onwards.


The Heinrich-von-Gagern Gymnasium was opened in 1888 as the Kaiser-Friedrich-Gymnasium. Patron of the school was Kaiser Friedrich III, who ruled at that time in Germany. After the 2nd World War the school was called the "State High School Frankfurt am Main" .

Exactly on the centenary of the opening of the St. Paul Church Parliament, the minister gave the school the name “Heinrich von Gagern Gymnasium” after Heinrich Freiherr von Gagern, president of the German National Assembly.

In memory of Heinrich Freiherr von Gagern some students of the school created a sandstone sculpture ("Gagern Monument"), which stands in the schoolyard since November 1998.

The large frescoes in the assembly hall were made by Wilhelm Steinhausen, completed in 1906 when the school was founded. They are rare example of fresco-paintings in the time of the Art Nouveau.

In 1960 the old Jewish school "Samson-Raphael-Hirsch-Schule" was knocked down. Today there is a modern annex building which replaces it and since 1989 and 2001 bronze badges commemorate that Jewish school.

Since 2008 the school is located in the Bernhard-Grizmek-Allee, which has been the west sector of the street "Am Tiergarten" in the past.

In 2009 the library of the HvGG was finished, so that the students have the opportunity now to work with all available materials, such as books and computers with internet access.

At the beginning of 2010 the new cafeteria was ready to use. The students are able to eat there during lunchtime now, what was introduced due G8. At the moment the cafeteria cannot produce the dining itself. An external provider supplies the dinners.[2]

Also at the beginning of 2010 the sanitary facilities of the Kollegstufe were rehabilitated.

Stundent representation[edit]

The student body of Heinrich von Gagern Gymnasium is represented by a democratically elected student council. There will be an annual elected student council president and two other representatives. They share all the work in different areas. Accordingly, once a year all "Klassen-/Kurssprecher" will be invited to a general meeting, where students select various positions. For example: "Ober-/Mittel-/Unterstufensprecher", various committees and city council spokesman students.

The departments[edit]

  • Division I
    • German
    • English
    • French
    • Greek
    • Italian
    • Art
    • Latin
    • Music
  • Division II
    • Geography
    • Ethics
    • Ev. Religion
    • History
    • Catholic Religion
    • Philosophy
    • Politics & Economics (English and German)
  • Division III
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Sports


Small orchestra Class 5-7

Intermediate orchestra Class 7-9

Large orchestra Class 10-13

Jazz - Club Class 8-13

Jazz Combo Class 5-7

Choir Class 5-6

Mixed choir Class 7-13

Theater Project Class 6-13

Photography club Class 5-13

Drama Group Class 6-10

Astronomy Club Class 9-13

Internet Club Class 8-13

Info / Math Club Class 9-13

Technology AG Class 8-13

MUN (Model United Nations) Class 8-13

Paramedic Club

LMF Club Class 5-13

Youth debating Class E8 - 13

Debating Seniors: E8 - 13

Spanish beginners Class E-Q

Spanish Beginners: Advanced Class E-Q

Advanced Spanish Class Q

Climbing Class 5-6

Chess Club Class 5-13


Social commitment[edit]

As an example for social commitment, at the Heinrich-von-Gagern-Gymnasium, there is the project of playing music for children with cancer at the Hauptwache. It has its origin in 1985, when a teacher of the school died on the basis of cancer. The pupils liked to express their empathy and take part in the bout with cancer, especially to support younger cancer sufferers. Every year in the Advent season, this project takes place at the underground city of the Hauptwache and the pupils try to induce passengers to listen to the music and stay for a moment. In gratitude for it, they sustain donations for patients in Jena and Frankfurt. Of course this project is totally organized by students.

The Detlev Kittstein Hall[edit]

Because of space limitations a new gym was planned from the Frankfurter architect Zvonko Turkali, that was opened in fall 2007 officially. The new building contains two gyms, where one gym is lying on top of the other.

The Planetarium[edit]

The first planetarium of Heinrich von Gagern Gymnasium was built in 1989 as part of a school project. The dome height of this plantarium was 3.2 meters. The projector is able to display stars of the 3rd and some of the 4th magnitude. Of course this project was the foundation of the astronomy club. These people built the new school planetarium in 1999.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Henrike Berg (born 1994)
  • Georg Wolff (1845–1929), archaeologist
  • Heinrich Weinstock (1889–1960)
  • Gustav Gundlach (1892–1963)
  • Benno Reifenberg (1892–1970)
  • Walter Ried (1920–2008)
  • Willibald Heilmann (1928–2006)
  • Klaus Greef (born 1930)
  • Notker Hammerstein (born 1930)
  • Gerhard Lohfink (born 1934)
  • Heinz Riesenhuber (born 1935)
  • Wolfgang Sellert (born 1935)
  • Hartmut Müller-Kinet (1938–2003)
  • Reimer von Essen (born 1940)
  • Wilhelm Bender (born 1944)
  • Detlev Kittstein (1944-1996)
  • Ulrich Tholuck (1944–2009)
  • Karl Starzacher (born 1945)
  • Ulrich Greiner (born 1945)
  • Eckhard Nordhofen (born 1945)
  • Hans-Wolfgang Krautz (1948–2003)
  • Bernhard Uhde (born 1948)
  • Edwin Schwarz (born 1948)
  • Johnny Klinke (born 1950)
  • Martin Hein (born 1954)
  • Bernd Schneidmüller (born 1954)
  • Michael Grötsch (born 1957)
  • Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue (born 1961)
  • Thomas Edelmann (born 1963)
  • Simon Borowiak (born 1964)
  • Eckhart Nickel (born 1966)
  • Michael Brück (born 1968)
  • Joachim Enders (born 1971)
  • Moritz Eggert (born 1965), German composer and pianist
  • Katharina Hacker (born 1967), German author best known for her award-winning novel Die Habenichtse (The Have-Nots)
  • Heinz Riesenhuber (born 1935), German politician (CDU) and minister in the cabinets of Helmut Kohl from 1982 until 1993
  • Kaya Yanar (born 1973), German comedian best known for his comedy show Was guckst du?! (Whaddaya lookin’ at?!)


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