Novo Mesto Grammar School

Novo Mesto Grammar School
Novo mesto Grammar School (Gimnazija Novo mesto)
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Established 1746
Type Public School
Location Seidlova 9
Novo mesto

The Novo mesto Grammar School is a public secondary school for both boys and girls located in Novo mesto in the region of Lower Carniola, Slovenia. It was founded in 1746 by the Habsburg ruler Maria Theresa of Austria and initially run by Franciscan monks. In 1870, the school became a state school and the current school building was built in 1912.

The school, the second-oldest in Slovenia, is the largest of the four grammar schools in Novo mesto. It has a long list of distinguished alumni, among them many scientists and artists.

The school charges no fee to its students.



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Presently about 900 students between the ages of 15 and 19 are enrolled in the school (roughly 220 in each generation).

The school is supervised by the school board, comprising three teachers, three parents and three representatives of the founder (the government). The members of the school board are appointed by the teaching staff, parents’ board and the founder respectively. The school board appoints the headmaster after consulting the former boards.

Almost all of the students, after passing their Matura, go on to different Slovenian universities.


The Novo mesto Grammar School is the second-oldest educational institution in Slovenia that has been in operation continually since its foundation. It was founded by Empress Maria Theresa in 1746. The school was first run by the Franciscans and the lessons started November 3 in 1746. The list of the first 66 students finishes off by a comment by the first dean Father Geodefredus Pfeifer.

Being an educational and cultural institution, the Novo mesto Gymnasium has played a significant role in the cultural, scientific, economic and political life of the Slovenes. The school has educated several scientists, artists and economists, for instance: Boris Andrejčič, Slavko Grum, Božidar Jakac, Miran Jarc, Dragotin Kette, Marjan Kozina, Vladimir Lamut, Pino Mlakar, Marjan Mušič, Josip Plemelj, Anton Podbevšek, Leon Štukelj, Ivan Tavčar, Oton Župančič, Edvard Ravnikar, Gregor Golobič, Igor Lukšič, Lojze Peterle and others.

In 1870 the school became a state school and the present school building was built in 1912. It was characterized by both world wars and consequently by the changes in the political system. Also, it was subject to different school reforms. In 1848 the duration of the schooling was lengthened from 6 years to 8 years.

Due to a new school reform in the 1980s the name Gimnazija was banned supposedly because of its supposed elitist connotations and it came to be called Natural Science and Technical School (Slovenian: Naravoslovno-matematična srednja šola). It was soon evident that only a grammar school can provide the needed broad knowledge and built-up skills that are essential for successful studies at University. As a result there was a new school reform in 1990 and the school became a grammar school again.

Renovation work on the school building, which lasted 2 years, began with the celebration of its 250th anniversary in 1996. Better working conditions in the renovated school and modern classrooms meant an additional impetus for even better and more laborious work. In 2006 all of the school’s 27 classrooms were equipped with computers and digital projectors.


The Gimnazija has five different programmes. In every generation the school has one sport class, one classical class, one Matura course class, 5-6 general edutiation classes and from the school year 2009/2010 one european class.

Notable alumni

  1. Ferdinand Seidl, geographer and geologist, 1866–1874;
  2. Ivan Tavčar, writer and politician, 1866–1868;
  3. Oton Župančič, poet, translator and playwright, 1888–1891;
  4. Josip Plemelj, mathematician, 1893–1894;
  5. Dragotin Kette, poet, 1896–1898;
  6. Anton Podbevšek, poet, 1909–1918;
  7. Miran Jarc, poet, 1910–1919;
  8. Božidar Jakac, painter, 1910–1918;
  9. Leon Štukelj, athlete and Olympic gold medallist, 1910–1916;
  10. Slavko Grum, playwright, 1911–1919;
  11. Rado Lenček, linguist, ethnologist, finished in 1940;
  12. Pino Mlakar, ballet dancer, 1917–1919;
  13. Marjan Kozina, composer, 1917–1925;
  14. Boris Andrijanič, entrepreneur, 1921–1929;
  15. Vladimir Lamut, painter, 1926–1935;
  16. Edvard Ravnikar, architect;
  17. Igor Bavčar, politician;
  18. Igor Lukšič, politician
  19. Lojze Peterle, politician
  20. Gregor Golobič, politician.

Notable professors

  • Ferdo Kozak, writer, public intellectual and politician.


  1. 250 let Gimnazije Novo mesto 1746-1996, multiple authors. Novo mesto, 1996;
  2. 225 let novomeške Gimnazije, multiple authors. Novo mesto, 1971;
  3. Mojca Lukšič, Natalija Petakovič, Nuša Rustja, Gimnazija Novo mesto. Novo mesto, 2007;
  4. Stezice 2005, multiple authors. Novo mesto, 1996;
  5. Mikuž Vasja, Petakovič Natalija, Seidlova geološka zbirka. Novo mesto, 1998;
  6. 260 let Gimnazije Novo mesto, multiple authors. Novo mesto, 2006.

Coordinates: 45°48′27.24″N 15°9′50.64″E / 45.8075667°N 15.1640667°E / 45.8075667; 15.1640667

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