Gymnasium Philippinum

The gymnasium Philippinum is a traditional high school in Marburg in Upper Hesse.


The school was established in 1527 as a Protestant Pädagogium founded simultaneously Marburg University of Philipp the Magnanimous and should essentially communicate to prospective students the necessary knowledge of Latin and Greek. It was only in 1833 acquired it as an electoral school under its new director August Vilmar the autonomy of the university. Since 1866 it was a Royal Prussian Gymnasium.

1868 the school moved from the former Dominican monastery in a neo-gothic building in the Untergasse. About a portal there was set in stone to read: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. 1904 The school was the 400th birthday of the founder of the present name. At the 425th anniversary of the school in the summer of 1952, Rudolf Bultmann held the lecture on " Humanism and Christianity." In 1953, the co-education was introduced in the former boys' school, the first girl put 1959, the High School examination. 1969 moved into the school a new building opposite the Elizabeth School in the Leopold- Lucas- street. The old building in the center of Marburg was demolished as part of urban renewal.

Philippinum today

A special emphasis is Philippinums music lessons with musical ECI (strings classes Bläserklassen ) and advanced courses in high school music. The humanistic tradition of Philippinums is also evident on the teaching of foreign languages ​​, starting with Latin and English in the fifth grade. Also, from 7th grade French and Greek and from 11 students are Spanish, Italian and Russian as foreign languages ​​available. Student of the school Philippinums can also purchase the Graecum.

With regard to the secondary level the Philippinum has established a close cooperation with four comprehensive schools nearby. At this school group includes the Wollenberg school in weather, the total school Ebsdorfergrund in Heskem, the total school Niederwalgern and Richtsberg comprehensive school of the city of Marburg.

The close cooperation with the Marburg Philipps University allows students from grade 12 to participate in numerous preparatory courses in the fields of philosophy, mathematics, literature and law.

The Great Orchestra of the school was awarded jointly with the Old Electoral College Bensheim 1st prize at the 1st Hessian school orchestra competition 2011.

International Partnerships

There are a variety of exchange programs and partnerships:

Known teachers

  • Karl Reinhard Müller (1774-1861), mathematician and honorary citizen of Marburg
  • August Friedrich Christian Vilmar (1800-1868), a conservative Lutheran theologian, Director 1833-1850
  • Gottfried Friedrich Aly (1852-1913), classical scholar, director from 1909
  • Hölk Cornelius (1869-1944), classical scholar, Director 1917-1932
  • Wilhelm Ensslin, (1885-1965) German historian, teacher from 1922
  • Hans Volkmann, (1900-1975) German historian, teacher from 1930
  • William Luther (1910-1976), German classical scholar and specialist in teaching methods, Director 1953-1975
  • Richard Weber ( born 1938 ), former German football player, teacher of physical education and English to 2002
  • Jürgen Gießing (born 1967 ), sports and education researchers, teachers for physical education and English from 2001 to 2007

Known students

  • Adam Lonitzer (1528-1586), botanist
  • Johannes Althusius ( 1563-1638 to ), legal scholar and political theorist
  • Ludwig Bickell (1838-1901), photographer, conservationist, founder of the Marburg University Museum
  • Carl Bantzer (1857-1941), painter
  • Otto Ubbelohde (1867-1922), painter, etcher and illustrator
  • Carl Justi (1832-1912), art historian
  • Ludwig Justi (1876-1957), art historian, from 1909-1933 Director of the National Gallery in Berlin
  • Walter Bauer (1877-1960), theologian
  • Leopold Lucas (1872-1943), Jewish historian and rabbi
  • Werner Berggruen (1892-1964), writer
  • Erwin Piscator (1893-1966), theater director and film director
  • Kurt Wolff (1887-1963), publisher
  • Friedrich Freiwald (1911-1974), lawyer and politician (CDU )
  • Carl Joachim Friedrich (1901-1984), political scientists (Harvard and Heidelberg)
  • Wolfgang de Boor ( * 1917 ), German psychiatrist, professor of forensic psychiatry and criminology
  • Sigmar Döpp ( b. 1941 ), philologist (Munich, Bochum, Göttingen, Berlin ), Chairman of Mommsen Society
  • Claus Schreiner ( born 1943 ), music journalist and producer, winner of the Jazz Echo 2010
  • Jürgen Schölmerich (* 1948), internist and professor, CEO and Medical Director at the University Hospital Frankfurt am Main
  • Karl -Heinz Lather (* 1948), General of the Bundeswehr ( army )
  • Christoph Heubner (* 1949), writer
  • Georg Ulrich Grossmann ( b. 1953 ), art historian, university professor and Director General of the Germanic National Museum in Nuremberg
  • Catherine Krause ( born 1960 ), art historian, President of the University of Marburg
  • Ingrid Arndt- Brauer ( * 1961), politician (SPD )
  • Gert Anhalt ( born 1963 ), journalist and author of non-fiction books and detective stories
  • Henning Harnisch ( born 1968 ), basketball player
  • Michael Frowin (born 1969 ), comedian, actor, director
  • Nkechi Madubuko (born 1972 ), sociologist, actress and TV presenter
  • Gyburg Uhlmann (* 1975), Early Researcher
  • Oliver junk (* 1976), politician ( CSU), Mayor of Goslar
  • Felix Rech ( born 1977 ), theater actor
  • Lisa Koop ( born 1985 ), basketball player
  • Henning Rübsam, dancer and choreographer
  • Matthias Schmidt ( politician), politician ( SPD)

Friends of

Active parent representatives and representatives are active as sponsors for a variety of academic and extracurricular interests. Thus, a student library was constructed, which is largely based on this volunteer activity.

Association of Alumni

1927, ie in the 400th year of the existence of the school, an alumni association was founded, which annually - in so far unbroken series - publishes the Chronicles. Prospective Students Alumni, students, teachers and friends of the school have created as a way to maintain the connection to their school. In addition, the Alumni Association, the School supports purchases in the cultural and sporting events, but also promotes individual student achievement and designed by today's active school life with.