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Western façade of the church (1868)

Coloured lithography of 1835

"Prince's House" (1906)

History

Having emerged from an intact medieval monastery of the 12th century, Schulpforte is not a mere school, but also a historical place that attracts countless tourists every year and that is an official part of Straße der Romanik (i.e. "Road of Romanesque buildings"). Visitors are impressed not only by the picturesque cloister, by the church with its impressive western façade or by the park with its old trees, but also by the historical school library, which has grown in centuries, and by the memorial plates reminding of famous students like Nietzsche, Ranke, Fichte or Klopstock.

1137

Foundation of the Cistercian monastery "Sanctae Mariae ad Portam".

1543

Moritz Duke of Saxony founded a "Landesschule" (i.e. state school) in the monastery that had been secularized in 1540.

1815

Schulpforte became Prussian after the Napoleonic wars.

1935

Transformation into a "Nationalpolitische Erziehungs-anstalt" (NPEA) with a Department of Classics.

1945

Closing of NPEA in April und reopening of the school in October.

1949

For the first time a larger number of female students at Schulpforte, where only boys had been before. By reducing the number of grades Schulpforte became a mere "Oberschule" (i.e. upper high school) with four grades.

1959

Socialist "Erweiterte polytechnische Oberschule", teaching classics until 1967.

1981

Establishing special language classes.

1982

Establishing special music classes.

1990

Schulpforte becomes a "Gymnasium" again (i.e. the highest level of the German high school system), this time maintained by the state of Saxony-Anhalt.

1992

Establishing the Department of Natural Sciences to complete the entire profile of the school that since that time has three special departments: Music, Languages and Natural Sciences.

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