Lessing-Gymnasium, Frankfurt

The Lessing-Gymnasium (together with its twin school Goethe-Gymnasium) is the oldest Gymnasium in Frankfurt. Named after Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, it was founded in 1519 by the city council.

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Aerial view of the school

Established1519; 504 years ago (1519)

In 2015 there was a controversy over this school refusing admission to students who were moving up from primary school and who were trying to gain admission to top Frankfurt secondary schools. The headmaster argued that secondary schools have the right to admit the students they desire.[1]


Statue of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing at the school

The first foreign languages are Latin and English starting in 5th grade. In the 8th grade the pupils have to choose between French or Ancient Greek. The school also has several orchestras and choirs.

Notable alumniEdit

Notable alumni of the Lessing-Gymnasium include:


  1. ^ Trautsch, Mattias (2015-05-04). "„Die Gymnasien haben immer wieder gewarnt"". Frankfurter Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 2022-12-30.

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