Wilhering College is an Austrian private grammar school, situated in Wilhering, Upper Austria. It was founded in 1895 and is operated by the Cistercian monastery of Wilhering Abbey. Its roots as a monastic school go back to the 16th century.[1]

Wilhering College
Stiftsgymnasium Wilhering
School typeIndependent grammar school
FounderAbbot Theobald Grasböck
Age range10-18
Enrolmentca. 500 students
The schoolyard with the remarkable rococo church of Wilhering Abbey

History edit

The school was founded in 1895 by Abbot Theobald Grasböck as an all-boys boarding school following the typical Cistercian tradition of monastic schools in Wilhering that can be traced back to the year 1580. In 1904 it was acknowledged by the Imperial-Royal Ministry of Culture and Education as private school under public law. Being home for several intellectuals resisting Nazism, the school was closed after the German Annexation of Austria in 1938 but reopened immediately after the World War II in 1945.[2]

In 1980 Wilhering College first admitted girls to lessons and is now fully coeducational. The boarding home was closed in 1990.[3]

Old Hilarians edit

Former pupils of Wilhering College are known as Altwilheringer or Althilarier (engl. Old Hilarians, from the latin name of Wilhering hilaria). From 1923 to 1938 and from 1968 to 2003 some of them were organised in the student fraternity Hilaria which was founded under the patronage of Abbot Gabriel Fazeny.[4]

Notable pupils and alumni of Wilhering College include Theoderich Hofstätter (1906–1981, Cistercian and member of the Austrian Resistance), Balduin Sulzer (*1932, Austrian composer),[5] Beppo Mauhart (*1933, Austrian manager), Peter Huemer (*1941, Austrian journalist), Wolfgang Holzmair (*1952, Austrian baritone) and Walter Gugerbauer (*1955, Austrian conductor and chief musical director of Erfurt Theatre).[6]

References edit

  1. ^ "Neue Leitung im Stiftsgymnasium Wilhering" [New headmaster at Wilhering College]. Diözese Linz. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  2. ^ "History of Wilhering College" (PDF) (in German). Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  3. ^ Sonnleitner, Robert. "Direktor des Stiftsgymnasiums Wilhering tritt zurück" [Headmaster of Wilhering College retires]. Ordensgemeinschaften Österreich. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Unsere Geschichte - K.Ö.St.V. Hilaria - Webseite" [Our history - Hilaria fraternity]. www.hilaria.eu. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
  5. ^ "Privat-Gymnasien boomen mehr denn je" [Private grammar schools more than ever on the boom]. OÖNachrichten. [search archive for article]. 15 September 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2016.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ Adressenverzeichnis [List of Old Hilarians] (5. ed.). Wilhering: Verband der Altwilheringer. 1995.

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