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Tenishev's School

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TENISHEV'S SCHOOL, a secondary education institution. It was founded by Prince V. N. Tenishev as a three-class general education high school in 1898. The course of studies was eight years including seven general classes and one specialist class. It was situated in a special building at 33-35 Mokhovaya Street. The school gave its graduates the same rights as Real school graduates. The general course, however, was wider than in other education institutions. Among the special subjects, students were taught accountancy, business arithmetic and correspondence, commodity research, and economic geography. With a semester system introduced, the school had graduates and new students admitted every six months. A strong emphasis was placed on natural sciences that were studied during the whole eight-year course, mainly in laboratories. Observation and independence were developed in students by holding practical lessons in physics, chemistry, geography, etc. An educational excursion was another popular method. Tenishev's school had its own greenhouse and observatory. Students published a magazine, Tenishev's School Student, and lithographic magazine, The Young Thought, with eight issues published in 1914-16. Among its teachers were N. I. Berezin, V. N. Verkhovsky, Vladimir V. Gippius, I. M. Grevs, E. F. Lesgaft, and A. Y. Ostrogorsky as the school director. Among the students were V. M. Zhirmunsky, O. E. Mandelstam, and V. V. Nabokov; the latter two left their reminiscences of the school. The school hall accommodated concerts and performances, as well as various meetings and conventions.

Reference: Справочная книжка Тенишевского училища. Пг., 1915; Липкович Я. С. Слово о Тенишевском училище // Звезда. 1992. № 4. С. 138-148.

Е. М. Balashov.

Aarne V.
Berezin N.I.
Gippius Vladimir Vasilievich
Grevs Ivan Mikhailovich
Lesgaft E.F.
Mandelstam Osip Emilievich
Nabokov Vladimir Vladimirovich
Ostrogorsky Alexander Yakovlevich
Tenishev Vyacheslav Nikolaevich
Verkhovsky Vadim Nikolaevich
Zhirmunsky Viktor Maximovich

Mokhovaya St./Saint Petersburg, city, house 33
Mokhovaya St./Saint Petersburg, city, house 35

Справочная книжка Тенишевского училища. Пг., 1915
Липкович Я.С. Слово о Тенишевском училище // Звезда, 1992

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