My maternal grandfather, Hans Fritz Boltz, was born 1910. Among the photos we inherited from him was a school photograph, probably taken about 1920 when he was 9 or 10 years old.
When Hans applied for a position as a cartographer with the Australian Government in 1948 he declared that he first attended the preparatory school of the classical school from the age of six, in 1919 changing to the Realschule in Steglitz, a district of Berlin. A Realschule was of middle rank and provided students with a general extended education. It ranked above Hauptschule, which provided a basic general education, and lower than Gymnasium which prepared students for university.Among our family photographs is a small cardboard wallet of postcards with images of the Realschule Steglitz.
The school is now called the Gymnasium Steglitz. It was founded in 1886. The architect Walter Gropius (1883 – 1969) was a pupil.
- School website https://www.gymnasiumsteglitz.de/cms/schule/uebersicht/125-jahr-feierlichkeiten/
- German wikipedia article https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gymnasium_Steglitz