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The Wilhelmsgymnasium is a gymnasium (selective school) in Munich, Germany. Founded in 1559 to educate local boys, it is now coeducational and ranks as one of Bavaria's best schools in the Abitur results. According to its 2006-year book, the results of the school's students in the Abitur were the best in the whole of Bavaria. In addition to that, the ministry of education ("Kultusministerium") confirmed that this "gymnasium" achieved outstanding accomplishments in terms of efficiency and social work. Over a course of decades, this highly renowned school achieved the best graduation results in Bavaria.
Wilhelmsgymnasium is one of the few remaining gymnasium in Bavaria to be a "pure Humanistisches Gymnasium" (humanities gymnasium), meaning that it traditionally focuses on the Classics: all students are required to study Latin, English, and Ancient Greek, in addition to mainstream school subjects.
The Gymnasium was founded in 1559 by Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria as a "Paedagogium", but was renamed in 1849 after its probable sponsor, Duke Wilhelm V. By 1773, the Gymnasium was overseen by the Jesuits ("Jesuit Gymnasium"). The present building on Thierschstraße (corner of Maximilianstraße) was erected in 1879 in Neo-Renaissance style. In 1893 it was granted Seminarschule status, meaning that it accepted trainee teachers.
Much of the school compound was destroyed during the Allied bombing of Munich in 1944 and eventually rebuilt over the years. Girls were admitted during the 1970s. Between 2015 and 2018 the school operated out of a temporary location while the historic building's interior was completely gutted and refurbished with modern facilities. It re-opened for the 2018-19 academic year.
Notable former pupils
The school has had many famous (and infamous) students, who include (in alphabetical order):
- Johannes R. Becher
- Count Otto von Bray-Steinburg
- Anton Diabelli
- Lion Feuchtwanger
- Franz Xaver Gabelsberger
- Heinrich Himmler
- Carl Jung
- Golo Mann
- Klaus Mann
- Max von Pettenkofer
- Richard Riemerschmid
- Carl Spitzweg
- Ludwig Thoma
- Gunnar B. Stickler
- Hermann Stieve
- Konstantin Wecker
- Maximilian von Weichs (1881–1954), Field Marshal
- "Schulleitung" [School administration] (in German). wilhelmsgymnasium.de.
- ""Humanistische Bildung gibt es auch ohne Latein und Griechisch"". Seuddeutsche Zeitung (in German). 18 April 2017.
- "Abstieg vom Olymp". Die Zeit (in German). 11 March 1994.
- "Schulprofil" [School Profile] (in German). wilhelmsgymnasium.de.
- "Geschichte einer Zumutung". Seuddeutsche Zeitung (in German). 29 January 2014.
- Graner, Nicole (15 October 2018). "Zeus & Co. am Giebel". Seuddeutsche Zeitung (in German).
- Official Homepage of the Wilhelmsgymnasium
- Research on the history of the Wilhelmsgymnasium München by Peter Kefes (in German)
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