Construction on the new Gymnasium which would serve a number of municipalities was finished in 1999.
The new school did in fact attract a number of young and motivated teachers and I can hardly argue that I could have imagined a better education within the regular German educational system.
I would say that I was taught a healthy basis in the natural sciences, with focus areas in Biology and Mathematics. English was the only foreign language I learned as part of the school curriculum.
A big turning point was my year in the United States after which I started to engage in extracurricular activities and to take my education seriously. It was a great experience for me to raise my grade average by a full mark. Before I had left for the US I never managed anything above a C-average and was threatened having to repeat a full year at one point. The year-long lack of interest did have its effects on my knowledge base, but I managed to attain a B-average upon graduation.
The Exchange Club at Randolph Union High School inspired me to start a Supportive Network at my own school, to assist current Exchange Students and to provide encouragement for others to engage in intercultural exchange by becoming a Host Family or an Exchange Student.
Traditionally the region around Rutesheim falls within the greater Stuttgart Economic Agglomeration and employment for graduates from secondary schooling is often found in the industrial sector and banking services. I personally found this economic perspective to be resembled in the mentality of students and teachers.Politically rather conservative and with religious values still bearing a lot more importance than in German cities, religious education played an important role in the value-system.