Vilnius Jesuit High School

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Vilnius Jesuit High School
Vilniaus jėzuitų gimnazija
Vilnius, Lithuania
Established 1579; 439 years ago (1579)
Principal Artūras Sederevičius, S.J.
Staff 59
Grades 5 through 12
Enrollment 716
Affiliation Jesuit (Catholic)
Vilniaus jezuitu gimnazija.jpg

Vilnius Jesuit High School is a Lithuanian gymnasium (grades 5 through 12) led by members of the Jesuit order. It is considered to be one of the most renowned schools in Lithuania and is aided by the German Foreign Office.[1]


Vilnius Jesuit High School could be one of the oldest schools in Lithuania, if the current school is considered the successor to the Jesuit Collegium which was turned into Vilnius University during the confrontation between Lithuanian Protestants and Lithuanian Catholics during the Reformation period.

Collegium Vilnense Societati Jesu was established in 1570, with the first rector, Stanislaw Varševickis, S.J., teaching logic, mathematics, theology, and Hebrew. After the suppression of the Society of Jesus in 1773, the school did not reopen until 1921 with 135 boys. By 1938 there were 580 in the gymnasium. Disrupted in 1939 during the Soviet occupation, the school was reopened in its present status only in 1995 with 336 students and 54 teachers, classes 5 through 11. Lithuanian, German, and English were taught. In 1999 it received the humanities gymnasium status.


  • Fr. lt:Antanas Gražulis, S.J.
  • Faust Meškuotis
  • Br. Virgilijus Saulius, S.J.
  • Fr. Arthur Sederevičius, S.J.

Notable teachers[edit]

  • Stas Traigienė
  • Vytautas Poliuškevičius
  • Juozas Mačernis
  • Leonidas Abaris
  • Ariadna Čiurlionytė
  • Vadim Suski
  • Rimas Butėnas

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Foreign Minister visits Vilnius. German Embassy Vilnius, November 2010 (German)
  2. ^ "Šv. Ignaco Lojolos kolegija". Retrieved 2017-01-29. 

Coordinates: 54°40′42″N 25°17′22″E / 54.67833°N 25.28944°E / 54.67833; 25.28944