Marnix Gymnasium

Marnix Gymnasium
Marnix Gymnasium
Motto Marnix Maximaal!
Established 1903
Type Gymnasium
Principal mw. drs. S.J. de Leeuw
Teaching staff c. 50
Students c. 500
Location Essenburgsingel 58,
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Coordinates 51°55′21″N 4°27′15″E / 51.92257°N 4.454205°E / 51.92257; 4.454205
Newspaper Pantheon

The Marnix Gymnasium is a secondary school located in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The school is named after Philips of Marnix, lord of Saint-Aldegonde. It teaches only the highest variant of secondary education in the Netherlands and prepares students for a tertiary education at Dutch universities.



The school was founded in 1903. Its naming after the Calvinist Philips of Marnix was done in deliberate opposition to the name of the Gymnasium Erasmianum, which is named after the humanist Desiderius Erasmus.[1]

During the Second World War the then deputy head of the school, Jan Karsemeijer, had to go into hiding from the authorities. He had published an article on the teaching of literature that was openly critical of Nazi thought.[2]

School has moved twice in its history. First in 1927, and a second time some three decades ago. It is currently located near Diergaarde Blijdorp. In 2003 the school celebrated its first centennial. These celebrations included a speech by Maria van der Hoeven, who was then the Minister of Education, Culture and Science.[3][4]


The Marnix Gymnasium teaches the gymnasium variant of the vwo. This means that it normally takes six years to complete the curriculum, and that Ancient Greek, Latin and a general course on antiquity (KCV) are compulsory subjects in addition to the normal college preparatory courses. In 2006 the school became the first in Rotterdam to offer Russian as an optional subject.[5]

Notable people

Former students


  1. ^ (Dutch) Frijhoff, Willem (2001), "Marnix over de opvoeding" in: Een Intellectuele Activist: Studies over Leven en Werk van Philips van Marnix van Sint Aldegonde, Hilversum: Uitgeverij Verloren, pp. 59–76, ISBN 9065506691 
  2. ^ van Kalmthout, Ton (2006), "Literature as a Means of Defence: Humanism and Nationalism in the Teaching of Literature in the Netherlands, c. 1900-1940" in: New Trends in Modern Dutch Literature, Leuven: Peters Publishers, pp. 49, ISBN 9042917563 
  3. ^ (Dutch) "Minister: handen af van het bijzonder onderwijs", Algemeen Dagblad, 2003,, retrieved 2009-06-24 
  4. ^ (Dutch) Speech by Maria van der Hoeven, on the official site of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
  5. ^ (Dutch) "Pionieren met Russisch", Algemeen Dagblad, 2006,, retrieved 2009-06-22 

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