Two junior high schools were established in the city in the mid-1830s: one for Protestant youth, named after Frederick Wilhelm, the other for Catholic children, bearing the name of Mary Magdalene. The Catholic school was a direct heir to Poznań’s scholarly tradition. It combined the legacy of the city’s oldest and best-known secular school, which opened at the city’s collegiate church in the early 14th century, i.e. the Lubrański Academy, as well as Poznań’s Jesuit College. Despite its focus on knowledge handed down from the past, the school continued to perfect its educational model, with a focus on building young people’s character. Due to the school’s high academic standards, many students were forced to repeat a year multiple times. The school’s personalised education allowed its alumni to become members of elites, both in and beyond Wielkopolska.