List of Oldest Senior High Schools in Ghana: Senior High Schools before Independence

Adisadel College Motto, Age, Houses and Location
Adisadel College

Oldest Senior High Schools in Ghana

Before Ghana gained her Independence on the 6th of March 1957, there exist some top-ranking Senior High Schools that were impacting the “structured” way of learning.

The colonial rule way back also brought a positive wave despite the other numerous negative impact on the continent /or country, Ghana at large.

Education started way back in the Castles the colonial master built. Their wards and some selected Ghanaians also partake in the said formal setting due to family or parent privileges among others.

However, it did not pause there. Education (formal) was later made available for all citizens. Those far away from the colonial residence (along the coast) had to travel miles to benefit from the new wave of life foresee.

LIST OF SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS BEFORE INDEPENDENCE

  1. Mfantsipim School
  2. Wesley Girls High School
  3. Ghana Secondary Technical School
  4. Adisadel College

OLDEST SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS IN GHANA

The first and foremost oldest Senior High School (SHS) established in Ghana was Mfantsipim School. It was established in 1876 at Cape Coast, Central Region.

Motto: Dwen Hwɛ Kan (Think and Look Ahead)

Cape Coast was the first contact area for the Europeans therefore having the first SHS was also to mark how impactful the Europeans were to the people of Cape Coast.

In the history of SHSs in Ghana, Mfantsipim School stands tall as the ranking all Boys’ Boarding school.

On the edge of performance, the school is academically superb. With sports, they also stand high among their peers.

Mfantsipim School since its inception has given birth to notable citizens who are developing the economy of Ghana in many diverse ways.

HOUSES AT MFANTSIPIM SCHOOL

There are seven (7) houses in the school. Their names are as following:

  1. Balmer-Acquaah.
  2. Pickard-Parker.
  3. Lockhart-Schweitzer.
  4. Sarbah-Picot.
  5. Freeman-Aggrey.
  6. Bartels-Sneath.
  7. Abruquah Monney.

Wesley Girls’ High School

The second (2nd) oldest SHS in Ghana is Wesley Girls’ High School, a Methodist rooted institution. As the name details it all, the school is an all Girls’ High School.

It was established in the year 1836 at Cape Coast, Central Region to push Girl child education also.

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The school is commonly known / nicknamed as “Wey Gey Hey”.

The motto of the school is Live Pure, Speak True, Right Wrong, Follow the King. 

Wey Gey Hey commenced with twenty-five (25) students (girls specifically) by the wife of a Methodist Minister called Harriet Wrigley.

NAMES OF HOUSES AT WESLEY GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL

  1. Bellamy
  2. Ellis
  3. Waldron
  4. Wrigley
  5. Wardbrew
  6. Compton
  7. Abban
  8. Garnett Acheampong
  9. Thompson Djokoto

Ghana Secondary Technical School

The school is a Science and Technology focused SHS located in the Western Region of Ghana. It was established on 9th August, 1909 in Sekondi-Takoradi.

The motto of the school is Mente et Manu
(With mind and hands).

Initially, the school was established in Greater Accra, Accra and named Accra Technical School.

However, the name was changed to Government Technical School.

Later, the school’s site was moved to the Western Region, Takoradi (in 1939) where it was called Government Technical School.

Later in 1953 the school was known as Government Senior Technical School.

In 1970, the current name
Ghana Secondary Technical School became the last name till date.

NAMES OF HOUSES AT GHANA SECONDARY TECHNICAL SCHOOL

  1. Ritchie.
  2. Vanderpuye.
  3. Weston.
  4. Opong (formerly Robinson).
  5. Aryee.
  6. Dodoo.
  7. Kennedy.
  8. Einstein.
  9. Cobbinah.
  10. Mensah.
  11. Unnamed.
  12. Unnamed.

Adisadel College

The school Adisadel College widely known as ADISCO has an Anglican background. It was one of the early 1900 schools in the country. The school was established on 4th January, 1910 by Nathaniel Temple Harmlyn in Cape Coast as all Boys’ Boarding school.

The motto of ADISCO is Vel Primus Vel Cum Primis (Either the first or with the first).

NAMES OF HOUSES AT ADISADEL COLLEGE

The school has ten (10) houses namely:

  1. Canterbury.
  2. Aglionby.
  3. Thomas.
  4. Hamlyn.
  5. Elliot.
  6. Quaque.
  7. Knight.
  8. Jubilee.
  9. Le Maire.
  10. Ebiradze.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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