History

The German School of the East Bay held its first class at Oakland High School on March 16, 1963 and incorporated in 1966.

At Oakland High School in 1964

GSEB at Oakland High School in 1964

It remained at Oakland High School until 1977, when it moved to McChesney High School also in Oakland.

GSEB at McChesney High School in 1980

GSEB at McChesney High School in 1980

From 1986-1993, classroom sessions were conducted at Dwinelle Hall, on the UC Berkeley campus.

GSEB community members at UC Berkeley in the late 1980's

GSEB community members at UC Berkeley in the late 1980’s

Then, from 1993-1998, the school was located at the School of the Madeleine in Berkeley before moving to the Excelsior German Center on the grounds of the beautiful Altenheim in Oakland.

GSEB at the Altenheim in Oakland

GSEB at the Altenheim in Oakland

Throughout its entire history, the school has been organized and led by dedicated teachers, staff, parents and volunteers.

Volunteers Renovating the School in 1998

Volunteers Renovating the School in 1998

GSEB presidents, past and present, encompass:

1962-1964 Joachim Hampel 1979-1981 Margaret Sloan
1964-1965 Kurt Buchholz 1981-1983 Uwe Gunnersen
1965-1966 Dr. Walter Henle 1983-1988 Ute Harriss
1966-1967 Paul Schulze 1988-1991 Heidi Coffin
1967-1968 Rolf Krumbiegel 1991-1993 Barbara Raymond
1968-1969 Erwin Meunziger 1993-1997 Hilde Lorentz
1969-1971 Prof. Frederic Tubach 1997-2001 Iris Wesselman
1971-1972 Dieter Philippi 2001-2005 Karl Pfeiffer
1972-1973 Gerd Rustmann 2005-2010 Dr. Petra Specht
1973-1974: Ursula Heintzen 2010-2013 Petra Kubler
1974-1975: Rolf Baumer 2013-2015 Dr. Monica Clyde
1975-1976: Franz Stang 2015-2018 Jennifer Schulze
1976-1979: Christine Beam 2018-present Dov Cohen

GSEB Presidents and Board, 1988

GSEB Presidents and Board, 1988

GSEB Board, 2016

GSEB Board, 2016

GSEB Head Teachers/Education Directors, past and present, encompass:

19??-1980 Frau Maus 1992-2005 Otti Kiraly
1980-1987 Lotte Dadone 2005-2015 Nancy Grabow
1987-1990 Elisabeth Monteadore 2016-2018 Dr. Cornelia Bleul-Gohlke
1990-1992 Astrid Cheney 2018-Present Anita Mueller Harley
Otti Kiraly Teaching an Adult Class

Otti Kiraly Teaching an Adult Class

Since 1990, the school has been under the academic umbrella of the German American School Association of Northern California (GASANC).

GSEB Community Members Enjoying a St. Martin's Day Goose Dinner

GSEB Community Members Enjoying a St. Martin’s Day Goose Dinner

Students, Parents and Volunteers

Students, Parents and Volunteers

Students in Class, 2016

Students in a 4th Grade Class, 2016

Students Receiving End-of-Year Completion Marks

Students Receiving End-of-Year Completion Marks, 2016

 

Wir sind ein ganz besondrer Club

Von Grossen und von Kleinen,

Die jeden Samstag treu und brav

Am Campus hier erscheinen.

 

Wir lernen Deutsch, wie ihr wohl wisst,

Wir singen, spielen, scherzen.

Und manchmal kommt ein kleiner Test.

Das koennen wir verschmerzen.

 

Denn wenn wir in die Pause gehn,

Dann gibt’s Kaffee und Kuchen.

Sagt mir, wo’s so’ne Schule gibt?

Da koennt ihr lange suchen!

Maria Ritter, 1988