Enschede is the city where I studied and where I have worked almost my entire career. The city is therefore also part of my own history and so it is nice to pay attention to this on my website.
Industrial development plays a decisive role at both Enschede and Hengelo. But there are major differences: in Hengelo it was the metal industry that brought relatively much prosperity, in Enschede the textile industry created completely different social relationships. In addition, Hengelo was a farming village that grew larger, Enschede was already a city that had to be rebuilt due to the city fire in 1862.
The history of "my" school is special: the Lyceum of Enschede. It was in fact the first Hogere Burgerschool (HBS) in the Netherlands. As a sort of pilot, this school was founded in 1864 under the name Twentse Industrie en Handelsschool by industrialist van Heek who had contacts with Thorbecke in The Hague.
This school later became the municipal Lyceum, the building of which stood on the then Getfertstraat.
The building was no longer sufficient in the 1930s and after the war it was thought that a new building could be planned on the new Boulevard 1945 to be formed. However, the presence of sports fields was considered so necessary that in 1958 they moved to the edge of the city, the park de Kotten. The school is still there.
Similarity with Hengelo is the lack of the necessary history in the city center. In addition to war damage, both cities have taken a fairly rigorous approach to modernization. This was also greatly determined in Enschede by the closure of the textile industry and the improvement of the working-class neighbourhoods.