Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium
|Herzliya Hebrew High School|
הגימנסיה העברית הרצליה
HaGymnasia HaIvrit Herzliya
Herzliya Hebrew High School, 1936
The Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium (Hebrew: הַגִּימְנַסְיָה הָעִבְרִית הֶרְצְלִיָּה, HaGymnasia HaIvrit Herzliya, Also known as Gymnasia Herzliya), originally known as HaGymnasia HaIvrit (lit. Hebrew High School) is a historic high school in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The original building
The school was founded in 1905 in Ottoman-controlled Jaffa. The cornerstone-laying for the school's new building on Herzl Street in the Ahuzat Bayit neighborhood (the nucleus of future Tel Aviv) took place on July 28, 1909. Gymnasia Herzliya was the country's first Hebrew high school. The building was designed by Joseph Barsky, inspired by descriptions of Solomon's Temple.
The building on Herzl Street was a major Tel Aviv landmark until 1962, when the site was razed for the construction of the Shalom Meir Tower, the tallest building in Israel those days. The destruction of the building sparked widespread recognition of the importance of conserving historical landmarks. The Council for Conservation of Heritage Sites in Israel was founded in the 1980s partly in response to the fate of Herzliya Hebrew High School.
The current building
Located today on Jabotinsky Street, it serves as a six-year secondary school. The modern campus is entered through a gate that is a replica of the facade of the 1909 building.
Former principals include Haim Bograshov, Baruch Ben Yehuda and Carmi Yogev. In 1992, former Air Force fighter pilot and Brigadier General Ron Huldai was appointed principal. He implemented many changes and modernizations later adopted by other schools. After leaving the school, he was elected mayor of Tel Aviv. The current principal is Ze'ev Dgannie.
- Netiva Ben-Yehuda (1928–2011), Palmach commander, Hebrew scholar, and author
- Miriam Bernstein-Cohen (1895–1991), actress
- Aron Brand, pediatric cardiologist
- Yitzhak Danziger (1916–1977), sculptor
- Nachum Gutman, (1898–1980), painter, sculptor, and author
- Ron Huldai, mayor of Tel Aviv since 1998 (as of July 2017)
- Yaron London, (1940–), media personality, journalist, actor, and songwriter
- Moshe Many, urologist; President of Tel Aviv University, and President of Ashkelon Academic College.
- Aharon Megged, (1920–2016), writer
- Moshe Menuhin, (1893–1983), author
- Yuval Neeman, (1925–2006), physicist
- Elyakum Ostashinski, first mayor of Rishon LeZion
- Moshe Sharett (1894–1965), second Prime Minister of Israel (1954–55)
- Avraham Shlonsky (1900–73), poet
- Giora Spiegel (born 1947), soccer player and coach
- Avigdor Stematsky (1908–89), painter
- Yemima Tchernovitz-Avidar (1909–98), author
- Yair Lapid, (1963–) journalist, author, and politician; former Israeli Minister of Finance and chairman of the Yesh Atid Party
- Amos Luzzatto, (1928–), physicist
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