Gamča (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈɡamtʂa]), today officially Gymnázium, Grösslingová 18, Bratislava, is a public coeducational gymnasium located in Bratislava, Slovakia. It educates around 600 pupils in 8-year long and 4-year long programs leading to Maturita. It was founded in 1626 by the Cardinal Petrus Pazmanus as Collegium Posoniense.

An angled view of the school building
Grösslingová 18, 811 09 Bratislava, Slovakia
Coordinates48°08′38″N 17°06′58″E / 48.144°N 17.116°E / 48.144; 17.116Coordinates: 48°08′38″N 17°06′58″E / 48.144°N 17.116°E / 48.144; 17.116
Founded1626; 395 years ago (1626)
FounderBratislavský samosprávny kraj
HeadmistressViera Babišová
Facultyappr. 40
Age11 to 19
Enrollmentappr. 600
Color(s)Blue and Ochre

Gamča's focus on mathematics, natural sciences and computer sciences brought 56 of its students to successfully represent Slovakia (Czechoslovakia) at the International Mathematical Olympiad, 26 students at the International Physics Olympiad and 14 at the International Olympiad in Informatics in the past 35 years.

Since 1988, the school's popular "Olympic games", OH Gamča, are held annually.


Cardinal Archbishop of Esztergom Petrus Pazmanus founded Collegium Posoniense on September 11, 1626, with the approval of the 6th Jesuit Superior General Mutio Vitelleschi and Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor.


The current building was designed by Ödön Lechner and built in 1906-08. Few years later its "chapel", today known as Church of St. Elisabeth (Bratislava), was added. The school building was completely renovated in 2008-10.

OH GamčaEdit

Olympijské hry Gamča (Gamča's Olympic Games) are held from September to December every year since 1988, when inspired by the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul the first games were organized to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Czechoslovakia. During the games, classes (i.e. ~30 students, ~4 classes in every year) are competing against each other in sport, art, academic and "unconventional" disciplines to win the overall title. Every games have their official name/mascot, which traditionally includes letters O and H. The OH Gamča in school year 2020/21 are officially called OH Rozhodnutie 2020.

Notable alumniEdit

Both current students and alumni are called Gamčáci (m) and Gamčáčky (f).

  • Philipp Lenard (1862 - 1947) - Physicist and Nobel Prize Laureate
  • Béla Bartók (1881 - 1945) - Composer and pianist
  • Gustáv Husák (1913 - 1991) - Former President of Czechoslovakia
  • Ján Vilček (b. 1933) - Biomedical scientist, educator, inventor and philanthropist
  • Milan Lasica (b. 1940) - Playwright, director, actor and singer
  • Daniel Lipšic (b. 1973) - Former Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Justice and Minister of Interior of Slovakia

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