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Academic School of the Johanneum
Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums
Maria-Louisen-Straße 114
Hamburg, 22301
Coordinates 53°35′23″N 10°0′23″E / 53.58972°N 10.00639°E / 53.58972; 10.00639Coordinates: 53°35′23″N 10°0′23″E / 53.58972°N 10.00639°E / 53.58972; 10.00639
Motto Future needs Heritage (Zukunft braucht Herkunft)
Established 1529
Rector Dr. Uwe Reimer
Staff 46
Number of students 700
This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.

The Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums (translation: Academic School of the Johanneum) is a Gymnasium (college preparatory school) in Hamburg, Germany. It is Hamburg's oldest school and was founded in 1529 by Johannes Bugenhagen. The schools motto is Future needs Heritage (German: Zukunft braucht Herkunft). The school has a focus on teaching latin and ancient greek. It is proud of having educated some of Germany's political leaders as well as some of Germany's notable scientists.[1]



Attending the Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums does not cost any money.

Twinned schools

Twinned school of the Johenneum are the Latymer Upper School and the Godolphin and Latymer School.


Hödhütte is the country house of the Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums. It is located in the Radstädter Tauern, Austria. Living conditions are very simple (the house has but one water tap, students are to sleep on communal bunks, there is no TV and no telephone, students are not allowed to bring their cellphones). All 7th grades are required to spend 11 days at Hördhütte. This is believed to build community spirit and strengthen character in the students. The students will also learn how to ski.

Students from all grades have the opportunity to spend their holidays in Hödhütte.

Students visiting historical sites

It is believed that every student asttending the school should have to opportunity to see the historic sides of classical antiquy. That is why the Verein zur Förderung von Schulreisen an klassische Stätten e.V. was formed, which financielly assists the students to do so.

Bibliotheca Johannei

The library of the school is called Bibliotheca Johannei. It has 55,000 books, which are written in Latin, Ancient Greek, English, French, Italian and German. The library pridens itself in having the first editions of many milestones of Eurpean literature. The oldest book is a an old latin bible, which dates back to 1491.

Alumni society

The school has a alumni society called Verein ehemaliger Schüler der Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums zu Hamburg e.V., which has 1,300 members. One of the main tasks of the alumni society is donating money to the school.

Former teachers

Former teachers of the school include:

Former pupils

Former students of the school include:


See also

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