Stedelijk Gymnasium Leiden

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Stedelijk Gymnasium Leiden
Stedelijk Gymnasium Leiden 2011.jpg
Stedelijk Gymnasium Leiden (Fruinlaan)
Leiden, Netherlands
Coordinates 52°05′27″N 4°18′08″E / 52.0909°N 4.3022°E / 52.0909; 4.3022Coordinates: 52°05′27″N 4°18′08″E / 52.0909°N 4.3022°E / 52.0909; 4.3022
Type Gymnasium
Motto Uno Sumus Animo
Established <1323
Staff 160
Number of students 1,800 (Jan. 2014)
Rector Bart Vieveen

Stedelijk Gymnasium Leiden is a gymnasium in the Netherlands. Located in Leiden, it is one of the oldest schools in the Netherlands. Its history dates back to the Middle Ages. The Stedelijk Gymnasium Leiden is the biggest gymnasium-only school in the Netherlands, with over 1,800 pupils (in 2014).[1]


The school is named in a charter of count William III of Holland in 1323 under the name schole or scoele, and is probably founded in the second half of the 13th century. After the Siege of Leiden (1573-1574) Nicholaus Stochius was named rector. Around 1700 the school was named gymnasium in official Latin documents (in Dutch: Latijnse school). The name Stedelijk ('municipal') Gymnasium was introduced in 1838, together with a new educational approach.


  • 1324 (?)-1883: Lokhorststraat in the centre of Leiden (architect Lieven de Key)
  • 1883-1938: Doezastraat
  • 1938-present: Fruinlaan (named after professor Robert Fruin, who taught at the school)
  • 2001-2010: extra building at Noordeinde
  • 2010-present: second building Gooimeerlaan (“location Socrates”)

LEMUN and international contacts[edit]

Epigram by Ptolemy in the school

Since 2001 Stedelijk Gymnasium organizes the Leiden Model United Nations (LEMUN), which is part of the international Model United Nations (MUN)-conferences. The Stedelijk Gymnasium has contacts with schools from Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Germany, Italy and Belgium to exchange students.



See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  • A. M. Coebergh van den Braak: Meer dan zes eeuwen Leids Gymnasium. Leiden, 1988. 2e rev.ed., 1997: ISBN 90-800486-1-5


  1. ^ Website Leidsch Dagblad, 13 Jan. 2014: ca. 1,000 students at Location Athena, ca. 800 at Location Socrates