There’s never a shortage of public senior high schools in Ghana. For many, their secondary school education had lots of highlights they reminisce about. Lots of people choose the Senior High Schools they’d attend based on the history accompanying the institution — especially if a sibling or other close relative attended it and told many fantastic tales about their time there.
This is a list of public senior high schools in Ghana that have lots of history to be told about them. Some are famous for having educated the most eminent of political leaders Ghana and Africa has had. Others for having produced popular sports personalities, and so much more. Take a seat before you read. If your school wasn’t listed, don’t take it too personally. You’ll probably see your spouse’s school here and you can have a good laugh about that.
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Historically great public Senior High Schools in Ghana
In no particular order, these are our top 9 senior high schools in Ghana with great history in their founding.
Achimota School (Motown)
Achimota School (formerly Prince of Wales College and School, Achimota) is the one school that holds the distinction of having educated most of Ghana’s Heads of State — Kwame Nkrumah, Edward Akufo-Addo, Jerry John Rawlings, and John Evans Atta Mills. Gambia’s first president, Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara was also educated at Achimota School.
Founded in 1924 by Sir Frederick Gordon Guggisberg, Dr. James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey and the Rev. Alec Garden Fraser, the school was formally opened in 1927 by Sir Frederick Guggisberg, who was the Governor of the British Gold Coast colony at the time.
Notable achievements: Achimota School is so far the only mixed school ever to win the National Science and Math Quiz; doing so twice in 1998 and again in 2004.
Interesting trivia: Former President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama attended Achimota for his primary education. Also, former Prime Minister of Ghana, Kofi Abrefa Busia as well as Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe both taught there.
Ghana National College (Nashnal)
Ghana National College is one of two public senior high schools in Ghana founded by Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah, using his personal funds. The school began in 1948 with eight students for whom it was started after they were dismissed from St Augustine’s College for taking part in a protest march, held in solidarity with Nkrumah, who was then in prison. Today, it is a co-educational institution and is rated a Category A school.
Interesting Trivia: The school was named Ghana National College way before The Gold Coast achieved independence in 1957. You could easily say that being Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s baby, the nation was named after the school.
Prempeh College (Amanfour)
Named after Asantehene Sir Osei Tutu Agyeman Prempeh II, who donated the land on which the school was built. Located in Kumasi, the school was founded in 1949 by the Asanteman traditional authority in collaboration with the British Colonial Government, the Methodist Church Ghana and the Presbyterian Church of Ghana.
Notable Achievements: The first school to win the National Science and Maths Quiz in 1994. Since then, it has won the competition in 1996, 2015, and 2017. Ghana National Debate Champions in 1997 and 2004. In 2016, became the first ever African second cycle institution to win the World Robotics Competition. Also became Robofest Toyota Innovation Award Champions 2016, among other achievements over the years.
Wesley Girls Senior High School (GeyHey)
Wesley Girls’ High School, is an all-girls educational institution in Cape Coast, Ghana. Founded in 1836, it is named after John Wesley — the founder of Methodism. GeyHey as it’s known, is a high profile institution based on the quality of education, student engagement, as well as the strength and activities of its alumnae.
Notable achievements: Aside educating lots of women who has chalked up career firsts for women, the school won the 2008 and 2016 editions of the Sprite Ball Championship.
Adisadel College (ADISCO)
Founded by Rt. Rev. Nathaniel Temple Hamlyn, the school was established in 1910. It holds the distinction as the second-oldest secondary school in Ghana — after Mfantsipim School — who are considered their arch rivals.
Notable Achievements: ADISCO emerged winners of the 2016 edition of the National Maths and Science Quiz. Aside that, the school has produced many sporting greats including Barfour Gyan and Ibrahim Ayew, among other notable persons.
Accra Academy (Bleoo)
It was established in 1931 as a private secondary educational institution and in 1950, gained the status of a Government-Assisted School. The school was founded in Mantse Agbonaa, Jamestown Dr. Kofi George Konuah, Samuel Neils Awuletey, Gottfried Narku Alema and James Akwei Halm-Addo.
Accra Academy was ranked 8th out of the top 100 best high schools in Africa by Africa Almanac in 2003, based upon quality of education, student engagement, strength and activities of alumni, school profile, internet and news visibility. — Wikipedia
Notable alumni: The school belongs to the small pool of public senior high schools in Ghana to have produced a Head of State. Lt. Gen. Joseph Arthur Ankrah had his secondary education there.
Also, Speakers of Parliament: Rt. Hon. Daniel Francis Annan, Rt. Hon. Peter Ala Adjetey, Rt. Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho. Football star Asamoah Gyan, and sports administrator Ohene Djan among many others on the political and judicial landscape were educated there.
Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School (PRESEC)
Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School was founded in 1938. Originally located in Odumase – Krobo in the Eastern Region of Ghana, it moved to its current location in Legon, in 1968.
Notable achievements: Among the school’s numerous enviable achievements, it has won the National Science and Math Quiz four times — defeating Opoku Ware Secondary School thrice in the final. It is without question one of the highest achieving public senior high schools in Ghana.
Holy Child High School (Holico)
Also known as Angel’s Hill, Holy Child High School is an all-female second-cycle institution in Cape Coast. Founded in 1946 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus (SHCJ), the school has always prided itself in providing holistic education for females. The school motto is “Facta Non Verba“ (Actions, Not Words).
Notable achievements: Holy Child School was ranked among the best 10 schools in Africa, in 2003, producing the best overall female student in the 2003 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSSCE). In 2017, it also produced the best overall student,Jochebed Adwoa Sutherland and the second best overall student, Audrey Emefa Awuttey in that year’s West African Senior School Examination (WASSCE)
Mfantsipim School (Kwabotwe)
Mfantsipim, formerly known as Wesleyan High School is an all-boys boarding secondary school in Cape Coast, Ghana. It was established by the Methodist Church in 1876.
Notable achievements: National Science and Math Quiz winners in 1999 and 2014. Sprite Ball Championship winners in 2011,2012,2013,2015 and 2018.
Interesting trivia: Its first headmaster, a French scholar named James Picot, was only 18 years old at the time of his appointment.
As stated earlier, almost all public senior high schools in Ghana have some history going on for them. These didn’t make the main list but, they are worth noting too.
Named after Katakyie Opoku Ware I, Opoku Ware School (OWASS), is an all-boys high school located in Santasi, a suburb of Kumasi.
Mfantsiman Girls Senior High School founded in 1960 by Dr Kwame Nkrumah as Saltpond Girls’ Secondary School.
St. Peter’s Boys Senior High School is located in Nkwatia Kwahu — a town on the Kwahu Ridge. It was established in 1957 by the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD).
Established in 1946, Aburi Girls’ Secondary School (ABUGISS) is a Presbyterian all-girls’ senior high boarding school located in Aburi. Between 2011 and 2015, Aburi Girls’ earned the top awards; Best in Mathematics and Science, in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).