9. POS "Hertha Geffke"
Like the other important district of Berlin, Mitte, Johannisthal got its share of Stalin classicism during the 1950ies. It's the second school of this district. The first one ("my" school in 1979-1981) was opened in the 19th century and a couple of times extended. But before World War I it became definitly too small, so plans were made for a new school. It took about forty years, though, before these plans became reality and the school was opened in 1956 as the 9th middle school. Later it became the "9. POS Herta Geffke". Herta Geffke was a a member of the communist initial group Sobottka (KPD-Initiativgruppe Sobottka) in 1945, which was active in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and later a leading member of the ZPKK (Zentrale Parteikontrollkommission, Central Commission for Party Control) of the SED. Today the building in Ellernweg 10, near Astra cinema, hosts the "10th school Berlin-Treptow-Köpenick (Gymnasium)", the Philippe-Cousteau-Gymnasium.