Janina Szczerska (1897 Stryj – 1981 Szczecin) – teacher, the first head of High School No. 1 which she managed for almost 13 years (with a break between 1951–1959). During the war she was arrested twice, sentenced to death for her activity in the Home Army (AK), subjected to criminal medical experiments in the concentration camp in Ravensbrück – miraculously she avoided death. Szczecin pioneer. She is remembered as a pre-war teacher, she opposed coeducation – in 1946 the high school
she managed became a school for girls for several years. According to Szczerska “A teacher and an educator at Szczecin
Pomerania should aim at the education of a new person – Citizen of Pomerania”. She was respected and remembered
with liking by some and condemned for excessive flexibility to the authorities by the others. The furniture from her
apartment at al. Piastów is displayed in the Szczecin History Museum in a room dedicated to Janina Szczerska. In 1998
a square located near the high school was named after her.