History & Timeline
We may have changed locations many times, but our school remains as friendly and warm as when it first opened in 1957.
From our first location in Timberlake House located on Hamburg’s picturesque Alster lake to our current state-of-the-art facility located at Hemmingstedter Weg in the beautiful suburb of Gross Flottbek, the International School of Hamburg has become an integral part of the community and of the surrounding city, fostering and maintaining close ties with both businesses and the community at large.
One key to our long-term success is that we hold on to good traditions, don’t forget the learnings of the past, yet still embrace all that is new – as long as it improves the well being and education of our students.
ISH cherishes its alumni and keeps them close. Golden plaques commemorate those who graduated, reunion events bring them back together and annual yearbooks ensure that their fond memories can be refreshed anytime and no matter which continent they are currently on.
Sep 17, 1957
|ISH begins in the former Sloman-Villa (Harvestehuder Weg 50), also called “Timberlake House” after U.S. Consul General C.H. Timberlake, with approx. 50+ students from 12 nations under Head of School Patrick Lindesay|
|Feb 05, 1958||Official opening by School Senator Landahl|
|1959||ISH moves to Waitzstrasse with 360 students|
|1973||ISH moves to Holmbrook in Othmarschen|
|1978||ISH receives its IB World School accreditation and introduces the International Baccalaureate Diploma|
|Sept 17, 1982||ISH celebrates its 25th Anniversary|
|1999||A new extension is built to accommodate the Early Childhood Centre (Kindergarten/Pre-School/Nursery)|
|2002||New classrooms are added to accommodate significant growth in the Junior School|
|Sept 17, 2007||ISH celebrates 50th Anniversary|
|2010||ISH moves to Hemmingstedter Weg 130 in Klein Flottbek and celebrates the fact with a grand inauguration event|
|2013||ISH becomes a candidate school for the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)|
ISH begins the construction of a new West Wing
|Jan 15, 2015||West Wing topping-out ceremony|
|July 2015||Completion of the West Wing|
|Aug 2015||West Wing Grand Opening event|
|Sept 17, 2017||ISH is 60 years old|
Oct 6/7, 2017
|ISH celebrates its 60th Anniversary with huge festivities, exhibitions, games and Alumni re-union events.|