Academic Gymnasium Danzig

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Academic Gymnasium Danzig


The Academic Gymnasium Danzig (German: Akademisches Gymnasium Danzig, Polish: Gdańskie Gimnazjum Akademickie, Latin: Gymnasium Dantiscanum), was a school founded in Gdańsk (Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth). It was founded in 1558 by Johann Hoppe (1512–1565), who had previously worked at schools in Culm (Chełmno) and Elbing (Elbląg) until Catholic Prince-Bishop Stanislaus Hosius closed them. For most of its existence it had a character similar to that of a university, and after 1580 it was named Akademisches Gymnasium Danzig.


It was in operation as educational gymnasium for Lutheran clergy until 1817,[1] it was one of the most developed educational centers in Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.[1] It also was the site of Collegium Medicum-one of the first associations of doctors in Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.[1]

In the 16th century, as many cities in Prussia became Lutheran, the population began to seek a Lutheran education; the University of Königsberg in neighbouring Ducal Prussia, founded in 1544, was not big enough to educate all the new Protestant clerics and administrators needed for the newly Lutheran state in addition to arrivals from the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, so local Latin schools in the Commonwealth were upgraded. The future home of the Gymnasium would be the former Franciscan monastery turned into a school. In 1539, a Schola Dantiscana[2] program was started by Andreas Aurifaber. In 1558 Johann Hoppe founded a secular gymnasium that would become the Academic Gymnasium Danzig. Achatius Curaeus (1531–1594), from the University of Wittenberg, was made the first rector, but due to the theological conflicts between Gnesio-Lutherans and Philippists, he soon left.

In 1580, the school received the title Academic Gymnasium. Along with similar schools in Elbląg and Toruń, the gymnasium transformed the province of Royal Prussia into a center of classical studies in the 16th century;[3] the university ambitions of the Gymnasium can be proved by the fact that in 1580-1611 the following chairs were created: theology, philosophy, law and history, rhetoric, mathematics, medicine with anatomy, Greek, Hebrew and oriental languages. In 1589 a Polish language course was created.[4]

In 1817, after the Partitions of Poland, when Gdańsk became part of the Kingdom of Prussia, the municipal gymnasium was founded and named Städtisches Gymnasium Danzig (City High School of Danzig), in contrast to the earlier the (royal) Königliches Gymnasium; the Academic Gymnasium Danzig was in operation until March 1945, when Danzig fell to the Red Army. Subsequently, the city as Gdańsk, became part of Poland.

Famous people[edit]

People connected with it are, among others, Bartholomäus Keckermann, Johannes Hevelius, Andreas Gryphius, Christian Hoffmann von Hoffmannswaldau, Peter Crüger, Abraham Calov, Michael Christoph Hanow (Hanov(ious), Gottfried Lengnich, Hugo Münsterberg, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Peter Bienemann von Bienenstamm [de], Daniel Gralath, Johann Schultz, Reinhold Curicke, Deutschbalte und hoher Advocat.

In June 2008, the National Museum in Gdańsk unveiled a memorial table dedicated to Academic Gymnasium to mark the 450th anniversary of its founding.[5]


Rectors of Akademic Gymnasium Danzig:

First rector Humanist Achatius Curaeus, advisor Johann Hoppe


  1. ^ a b c "Gdańskie Gimnazjum Akademickie - Encyklopedia PWN - źródło wiarygodnej i rzetelnej wiedzy". (in Polish). Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  2. ^ Reinhard Golz, Wolfgang Mayrhofer: Luther and Melanchthon in the Educational Thought of Central and Eastern Europe, 1998, ISBN 3-8258-3490-5 [1]
  3. ^ Urban Latin schools were remodelled into institutions of higher learning; from the middle of the sixteenth century, the three academic Gymnasia in Danzig, Thorn and Elbing transformed Royal Prussia into a centre of classical studies - Karin Friedrich: The Other Prussia: Royal Prussia, Poland and Liberty, 1569-1772 [2]
  4. ^ "GIMNAZJUM AKADEMICKIE – Encyklopedia Gdańska". Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  5. ^ Sprawy Nauki "Gdańskie Gimnazjum Akademickie"


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