Deutsche Schule Istanbul, also known as Özel Alman Lisesi ("German High School Istanbul", in English) is one of the most prestigious high schools in Turkey. It was established in May 1868 for the children of German traders, artists, engineers and diplomats living in Istanbul. Because of the increasing number of students and the destruction of the building due to the 1894 earthquake in Istanbul, the school moved to its present building at Şahkulu Bostani Street in Beyoğlu. The school had a lot of troubles during the World War I, however, once the war was over, the school started to educate both German and Turkish students according to the German high school system from Kindergarten through high school.
Today, Turkish students have to take a highly competitive examination in Turkey in order to attend the school. Deutsche Schule Istanbul offers its students German Abitur, and graduates go to the most prestigious universities in Turkey, Germany and the USA. Among the alumni are a number of very famous Turkish artists, scientists and politicians.