Viborg Katedralskole
Viborg Katedralskole is a public gymnasium
Gymnasium (school)
A gymnasium is a type of school providing secondary education in some parts of Europe, comparable to English grammar schools or sixth form colleges and U.S. college preparatory high schools. The word γυμνάσιον was used in Ancient Greece, meaning a locality for both physical and intellectual...

 (secondary education school) in Viborg, Denmark
Viborg, Denmark
Viborg , a town in central Jutland, Denmark, is the seat of both Viborg municipality and Region Midtjylland. Viborg is also the seat of the Western High Court, the High Court for the Jutland peninsula...

. The school is located at Gammel Skivevej 2 in Viborg and supports 760 students.


The Katedralskole was established around 1060 as a Catholic
The word catholic comes from the Greek phrase , meaning "on the whole," "according to the whole" or "in general", and is a combination of the Greek words meaning "about" and meaning "whole"...

A seminary, theological college, or divinity school is an institution of secondary or post-secondary education for educating students in theology, generally to prepare them for ordination as clergy or for other ministry...

. Young men were schooled in Bible reading, hymn singing, prayers and Latin
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. The school's rector
The word rector has a number of different meanings; it is widely used to refer to an academic, religious or political administrator...

 was appointed by the bishop and simultaneously served as a priest in one of Viborg's twelve local churches.

After the Protestant Reformation
Protestant Reformation
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 in 1536, the school became regulated by the Danish monarchy. In 1772 the school moved to Sct. Mogens Gade 1, while the original structure was rebuilt to hold an increased number of students and teachers. The school was later landscaped with a garden as a result of a fire in the area around the school. The garden is known as the Latin Garden. The old school and the Latin Garden lie near Viborg Cathedral
Viborg Cathedral
Viborg Cathedral, Our Lady Cathedral is the site of one of Denmark's most important historic churches located in the town of Viborg in northern Jutland...


The 1800s saw a series of school reforms: a library was established and subjects were taught in Danish
Danish language
Danish is a North Germanic language spoken by around six million people, principally in the country of Denmark. It is also spoken by 50,000 Germans of Danish ethnicity in the northern parts of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, where it holds the status of minority language...

. In 1903 a national law in Denmark was introduced that allowed girls admittance to gymnasiums, and in 1904 Katedralskole became coeducational.

The architect Hack Kampmann
Hack Kampmann
Hack Kampmann was a Danish architect. His parents were the priest Christian Peter Georg Kampmann and Johanne Marie Schmidt...

 started work in 1922 on an additional school building. Kampmann died before the building was completed, so his son, architect Christian Kampmann, completed the project in 1926. The school, which is preserved, now lies on the corner of Skivevej and Aalborgvej.

The exterior of the present school building is constructed in the Neoclassical
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 style with a Scandinavian modern interior. In the beginning of 2007, a large room was added in the former loft, providing more space for group work. The room has been given the name "Kampmann Hall" after the school's architect.

Selected notable graduates

  • Johannes V. Jensen Author, Nobel laureate
  • Peer Hultberg
    Peer Hultberg
    Peer Hultberg was a Danish author and psychoanalyst.Peer Hultberg was born in Vangede north of Copenhagen and lived in Horsens and Viborg during his child and teenage years. From 1953 he studied at the University of Copenhagen...

  • Anders Fogh Rasmussen
    Anders Fogh Rasmussen
    Anders Fogh Rasmussen is a Danish politician, and the 12th and current Secretary General of NATO. Rasmussen served as Prime Minister of Denmark from 27 November 2001 to 5 April 2009....

     (1972) Prime Minister of Denmark (2001-2009) and current Secretary General of NATO
    Secretary General of NATO
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  • Kamilla Bech Holten
  • Lise Rønne TV presenter
  • Anders Samuelsen
    Anders Samuelsen
    Anders Samuelsen is a Danish politician, member of the Folketing with the Liberal Alliance and former Member of the European Parliament sitting on the European Parliament's Committee on Budgets. He is a former member of Det Radikale Venstre, and was a Member of the Bureau of the Alliance of...

  • Jens Rohde
    Jens Rohde
    Jens Rohde is a Danish politician and Member of the European Parliament for the Venstre party. He was previously a member of the Danish parliament for Venstre.- References :...

  • Bent Hansen
  • Pernille Blach Hansen (1993)
  • Christina Roslyng
    Christina Roslyng
    Christina Roslyng Christiansen is a Danish team handball player and Olympic champion. She received a gold medal with the Danish national team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.She has been married to handballer Lars Christiansen....

     (1999) Olympic gold winner (womens handball)
  • Rikke Skov (2000) Olympic gold winner (womens handball)
  • Nikolaj Vollquartz
  • Nichlas Hindsberg
  • Josephine Touray
    Josephine Touray
    Josephine Touray is a Danish team handball player and Olympic champion. She received a gold medal with the Danish national team at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.-References:...

     Olympic gold winner (womens handball)
  • Ole Bitsch (2003)
  • Berit Kristensen
    Berit Kristensen
    Berit Kristensen is a Danish team handball player, playing for the club Randers HK and for the Danish women's national handball team....

  • Kristian Kirk
    Kristian Kirk
    Kristian Kirk is a Danish former professional football goalkeeper, who last played for Viborg FF. He has played one game for Viborg in the Danish Superliga championship in May 2008.-External links:**...


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