Zespół Szkół Ekonomiczno - Ogrodniczych in Tarnów was founded on 28 June 1881. Among its founders, the most distinguished citizens of Tarnów can be found: Dr. Karol Kaczkowski, Walenty Tarasiński - its first headmaster and Franciszek Habura - the author of the school's statute. The beginnings were difficult but when the school was taken over by the Home Department in 1888, the situation changed and it led to its development together with prizes, diplomas and medals to follow. The school participated in almost all gardening exhibitions and displays organized in Galicja, and after the Second World War in Flowers' displays. Apart from its teaching and educational activity, the school offered numerous courses, lectures, talks and issued "Gardening Handbook", whereas its teachers published their studies presenting the results of breeding experiments and innovations concerning organic fertilization as well as the increase of production results.

The outbreak of the World War I disrupted the running of the school. Its educational activity was banned, but despite this it still functioned. The war damaged the school's farm, its orchard was devastated and the library half-ruined. When Poland regained its Independence, the school inagurated its activity again in 1919. This time the school was supervised by the Ministry of Agriculture and given the new name: National Gardening School.

During the first ten years of inter-war period, the school put emphasis on the development of fruit-growing and nursering. The outbreak of the World War II in September 1939 disrupted the running of Polish educational system again. Under the educational decree issued by General Guberny the occupant allowed to run only few vocational schools including National Gardening school.

Thanks to its management and teachers, the school became a kind of reatreat for many young people and protected them against exile to the Natzi Germany. It also gave an opportunity to find a job.

After the World War II, teaching was resumed on 10th September 1945. On the verge of forming a new social and political system, its basic task was to educate and prepare young people for the work in Polish agriculture. Besides, Tarnów's region expected that they would be able to undertake and fulfil urgent economic tasks connected with initiation and revival of gardening as well as food production. The school's 100th jubilee was celebrated together with 35th anniversary of naming the school after Tadeusz Kościuszko. The ideals which he had wanted to incorporate with his "Uniwersał Połaniecki" found reflection in new historic reality. Kościuszko's 200th birthday became an occasion to commemorate our national traditions. The ceremony of naming the school after him took place on 24th November 1946. Postwar period brought about a lot of reforms in all school's fields such as curricula, educational methods and even its name.


Nowadays, Gumniska is situated in the southern-east part of Tarnów. At the beginning of the XX century it was a suburban village belonging to Tarnów's noblemen. In 1742 Prince Paul Sanguszko moved his board from the decaying castle in St. Martin's Hill here. After his death in 1750, his wife Barbara Dunin settled here. She took up residence in a wooden mansion. Dozens years later, in 1799, her son built a brick palace in the classicistic style. Its designer was Johan Multzer. This is the west wing of the present palace. But the designer of the today's palace was Hieronim's younger son - Władysław Sanguszko. It happened in 1834. Then, in the southern part of the palace, a terraced garden in the Italian style was created and in the northern one - an English landscape-oriented park with a pond.

Later, the mansion was extended twice. First, in 1870 thanks to Prince Władysław and then thanks to Feliks Księżowski - Cracow's archiect. He erected a Neo-gothic chapel next to the west wing. In 1925 the east wing was extended and a building containing a kitchen, summer dining room and a hothouse erected.


Nowadays, the school educates over 500 students. We offer study at 3 different types of schools:

  • High school no 15
  • Technical college
  • Vocational school
  • Students get qualifications allowing them to work as:

  • Economy technician
  • Feeding and household management technician
  • Agrobusiness technician
  • The landscape architecture technician
  • Gardening technician
  • Agriculture mechanization technician
  • Lots of our students decide to continue their education and take up studies. Some of them help their parents in their households or set up their own ones. In the postwar period the headmasters of the school were:

  • Stanisław Ropelewski (1948-64)
  • Franciszek Szczutowski (1964-71)
  • Aleksander Rabiej (1971-78)
  • Władysław Woźny (1978-92)
  • Since 1992 the school has been managed by Mr Jerzy Sokoła. School Structure

  • the school is managed by two principals
  • 46 teachers are employed in it
  • the school work is supported by the School Council consisting of teachers, students and students' parents.
  • there are over 500 students aged 17-20 in 18 classes.
  • the study period lasts 3 years in High school and 4 years in Technical colleges.
  • Extra-curricular activities Students can participate in:

  • school trips
  • various interest clubs
  • sports activities
  • skiing camps
  • various actions organized by students' self-governing body
  • language contests
  • discos
  • Students can join organizations such as:

  • students' self-governing body
  • Polish Red Cross (PCK)
  • Cycling Club


    Every year we celebrate:

  • European Union Day
  • Women's Day
  • Boy's Day
  • Studniówka ( a traditional ball held 100 days before the graduation exam)
  • St. Valentine's Day
  • International Children's Day
  • School Patron's Day
  • Hallowe'en
  • International Earth Day
  • Spring Day
  • Exhibitions / displays

  • Dry bouquets
  • Christmas decorations
  • Autumn fruit and vegetables
  • Spring flowers
  • Social life at school Going to school doesn't mean only learning. That's why we put a lot of effort to have a good time here. Thanks to the school authorities and well-qualified teachers we can develop our interests and passions.

    /elaborated and translated by Grażyna Sabat/