Wittelsbacher Gymnasium München

A short history of the Wittelsbacher

The founding of the Wittelsbacher

At the beginning of the 19th century Munich counted no more than 50,000 inhabitants. As more and more people moved to the city, more children were born and the communal area enlarged, more than half a million inhabitants lived within the city limits at the end of the 19th century. This development had its impact on schools.

Around the year 1900 there were five colleges or „Gymnasien“ in Munich, all of them laid out for 400 to 500 students and with an actual attendance of 700 each. Therefore, the city council discussed plans to build a new college.

In April 1906 the council agreed on erecting a sixth college in Munich with a rather small majority voting for it since many politicians were afraid of leaving the outer regions of Munich behind in terms of higher education opportunities.

In order to find a suitable site, several ideas were discussed. The final location near Hackerbruecke was decided upon as being the best since it offered excellent accessability through public transportation.

On September 17, 1906 the foundation was laid and the construction of the building was started. There was not much time since the school was supposed to start classes the following year. However, the building was completed right on time in August 1907 and it was His Royal Highness Prince Luitpold who assigned the name “Wittelsbacher-Gymnasium” to the newly founded school.

The new building was unanimously praised as a well-proportioned, modern and impressive sample of a genuine German architectural style.

The first year saw 490 students in 13 classes with an average of 50 students in what is now called year 5. In July 1908, the first students graduated from the Wittelsbacher.

The development chronologically

year event
1906 ground-breaking ceremony
1907 school is officially named „Wittelsbacher-Gymnasium“ – lessons begin
1934/35 first expansion of the building; modern gym hall added
1938/39 transformed to a boys-only school
1944 gym hall destroyed by bomb attack
1945/46 re-opened as College for the Humanities
1958/59 gym hall rebuilt
1963/64 old part of the building renovated
1965 building taken over by the City of Munich; complete interior redecoration; newly defined as College for the Humanities and Modern Languages
1974/75 girls admitted
1980/81 annex completed
1987/88 new concept for the school yard; opening of the basement theater
1990/91 partnership with Kreuzschule Dresden
1997/98 opening of the school's own art galery PS2
1999/2000 introduction of special curriculum „European College“
2001/02 opening of the school café
2002/03 opening of the „Room of Silence“
2004 new library for undergraduates
2008 cooperation with the German Aerospace Center Oberpfaffenhofen
2008 jubilee 100 years „Wittelsbacher-Gymnasium“
2013 special choir classes (year 5 and 6) in cooperation with the Munich Dom-Singschule
2014 introducing Spanish as regular subject