Lisesi (Istanbul High School), one of the oldest and most
prestigious educational institutions in Turkey, was established in
1884. As a state high school, Istanbul Lisesi admits students
through the central state school examination. Admission to Istanbul
Lisesi is extremely competitive with only 144 students enrolled each
year from a pool of over 400,000 applicants, which makes it the most
difficult to enter among all of the 400 special state secondary
schools in the country, called "Anadolu Liseleri" (Anatolian High
Schools). Istanbul Lisesi draws the best students from all over the
country, resulting in a diverse student body.
a general rule, Istanbul Lisesi graduates pass the national
college entrance test with great results and are admitted to the
top-ranking universities in Turkey. For instance, in 2000, 27
Istanbul Lisesi students were among the top 100 on the national
university placement test. And in 2001, seven scored in the top ten.
Although it is a public school, Istanbul Lisesi gets support of the
German government and many courses are taught in German by German
teachers. The schoold has the active support of alumni, many of whom
are prominent members of the community including former prime
ministers, famous diplomats, musicians, artists, business men etc.
Gurger graduated from Istanbul Lisesi in 1994 and continues to get
involved in the school community.