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Living history

At Viborg Katedralskole, we are living the history - right now. This entails an education in a classical setting with a contemporary view.

The School's long history

Viborg Katedralskole is the oldest upper secondary school in Denmark. Over time, students such as author Johannes V. Jensen, politician Anders Fogh Rasmussen and journalist Lise Rønne have put on their student's cap after graduating from our school.

The school's long history and the people who have set foot in the school over time have helped shaping the school into what it is today. This  also means that as a student at Viborg Katedralskole you will be part of a very special community. Namely the VK community.

Traditions and history are central to Viborg Katedralskole. But they get dusted off when time so demands. For example, our oldest student committee Minerva - which is actually older than all Danish political parties - has developed from an association that arranged lectures on poetry and literature to an association that creates community at school in the form of the annual parties.

Since 1926, Viborg Katedralskole has been housed in the Hack Kampmanns building on Gl. Skivevej 2. Today, students have their daily classes in historic halls, which are characterised by the art that has been bestowed upon the school through time.

Pieces of our history

1060 - How Viborg Katedralskole began

Christianity came from the south, and with it the need for teaching. The Schleswig and Ribe dioceses were established as the first. Aarhus and Viborg dioceses were separated from Ribe in approx. 1060, and ever since there has been a cathedral in Viborg. Schooling has probably been going on for just as long. The oldest documented date, 1132, we find in the life of St. Kjeld. Maybe one day more documents about the school in Viborg will be found in the Vatican's vast archives.

The school was part of the cathedral's extensive activities, and the bishop was the supreme leader. The daily operation of the school was provided by a principal and some sub-teachers. Teaching took place in various of the buildings that the bishoprics had at their disposal.

1860 - The founding of Minerva

The student association Minerva was founded on 15 September 1860 by Jesper Elle and seven of his peers from the oldest class. Jesper Elle became the first chairman, and the number of members grew steadily in the following period. The purpose of the association was "by reciting poets to put the members in closer acquaintance with the literature and by oral disputation to practice expressing themselves in brief".

The reading of poems became the dominant aspect, and night after night they gathered and read the great poets of the time to each other: H.C. Andersen, Oehlenschäger, Baggesen, Holberg, Winther, Bjornson etc.

1940 - VK during World War 2

Some students reached important positions in the resistance movement. Viborg Stifts Illegale Tidende, which was one of the city's prominent illegal magazines, was edited in 1944 by baker's assistant Søren Vestergaard. In connection with the raid in Viborg on 23 October 2944, where the Gestapo arrested 14 citizens of Viborg and thereby intervened deeply in the core of the resistance movement, Søren Vestergaard had to go underground and leave the city. The illegal magazine was then taken over by two of the school's students, who continued the publication until the liberation, no doubt with great personal risk.

If you have a wish to visit the school, you can contact Kirstine Østrup on 6068 2117 or kir@vibkat.dk.