Presbyterian Boys' Senior High School

Presbyterian Boys' Secondary School (PRESEC) is a secondary boarding school for boys, in Legon, Accra, Ghana. It was founded in 1938, under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church of the Gold Coast.[4] The Basel missionary, Nicholas Timothy Clerk (1862–1961), who served as the first Synod Clerk of the Presbyterian Church of the Gold Coast from 1918 to 1932, used his tenure to advocate for the establishment of the secondary school.[4][5] The school has ties with its sister schools, Aburi Girls' Senior High School and Krobo Girls Senior High School.

Presbyterian Boys' Secondary School
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Coordinates05°39′48″N 0°10′28″W / 5.66333°N 0.17444°W / 5.66333; -0.17444Coordinates: 05°39′48″N 0°10′28″W / 5.66333°N 0.17444°W / 5.66333; -0.17444
TypePublic high school
MottoLatin: In Lumine Tuo Videbimus Lumen
Religious affiliation(s)Presbyterian Church
Established1938; 83 years ago (1938)
FounderPresbyterian Church of the Gold Coast[1]
Head of schoolDavid Odjija[3][2]
GradesSenior secondary years 1-3
Age14 to 19
Campus typeSuburban
MascotƆdadeɛ (Baobab)
NicknameBlue Magicians/Presecans

The school's crest has a shield with the Presbyterian symbol (the St Andrew Cross-Scottish flag with the Swiss flag embedded and a burning torch in the middle) with the motto of the school, "In Lumine Tuo Videbimus Lumen", meaning "In Thy Light We Shall See Light", scrolled beneath the shield. The school was originally located in Odumase - Krobo in the Eastern Region of Ghana before moving to its current location in Legon, in 1968.[4]

The school anthem is "Happy Are We", written by J. L. Anang and transcribed by Stephen Appiah Danquah.[6] The school is a six-time Ghana National Science and Maths Quiz winner.[7] The alumnus of the school are refereed to as "Ɔdadeɛ".[8]


Odumase campus (1938–1968)Edit

ɔdadeɛ" (baobab tree)

The school was started in Odumase after a Ghanaian educationist of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, E. A. W. Engmann, continued to lobby and push for the establishment of a church boys' school.[9] This came to fruition in 1938 with the first group of 16 boys and four teachers. Rev. Engmann was the first headmaster.

The Odumase campus housed German missionaries, then a primary school and then a government survey school before becoming the Presbyterian Boys' Secondary School.

One of the traditions of the school is the "ɔdadeɛ" (baobab tree) located on the campus. An alumnus of the school is referred to as "Ɔdadeɛ".[8] The baobab tree is a Ghanaian symbol of knowledge, resourcefulness and strength. New students were traditionally initiated at the feet of this tree clad in bedsheets and powdered faces. PRESEC was located here until 1968 when it was moved to its current location at Legon, Mile 9.

Legon campus (1968 to date)Edit

In September 1968, the new campus at Legon just north east of the University of Ghana campus at Mile 9, received its first set of students.[10] At the new campus, it continued as a boys' boarding secondary school until the mid-1970s when the sixth form was upgraded to the National Science College. Female students were admitted into the sixth form in small numbers from September 1975. They continued to be part of the student body until June 1996 when the last batch left.[11]

PRESEC dining hall
Classroom facilities of the Presbyterian Boys' Secondary School

The Legon campus started with four student boarding houses. Three were named after notable Presbyterian leaders as Kwansa House, Clerk House and Engmann House. The fourth was named Akro House after the people of Krobo Odumase. The next two houses to be built were Riis House and Labone House. With the completion of the National Science College buildings, Ako-Adjei House and Owusu-Parry House were added (the latter named after the first Senior Prefect). Another house, House 9, admitted its first residents in September 2010 as well as a new house, House 10.


Assembly hall


  • Kwansa House
  • Clerk House
  • Engmann House
  • Akro House
  • Riis House
  • Labone House
  • Ako-Adjei House
  • Owusu Parry House
  • House 9
  • P. T. A. House


Presbyterian Boys' Secondary School, PRESEC has an ongoing alliance with their fellow Presbyterian Girls' school, Aburi Girls' Secondary School, ABUGISS. The alliance is known as PRE-GISS.[12][13]


2002 Civic Education Club handing-over ceremony.
PRESEC wins NIIT, 2008
PRESEC wins Coke Hits, 2011
Initial PRESEC, Legon emblem



  • In 2002, at the National Constitution Quiz organized by the National Commission for Civic Education, PRESEC Civic Education Club emerged victoriously.[14]
  • In 2003, PRESEC repeated the feat of 1995 by defeating Opoku Ware School in the National Science and Maths Quiz competition. A student went on to win the overall best performance in the WAEC (West African Examinations Council) SSSCE examinations that year.[14]
  • On 1 July 2006 the school win the National Science and Maths Quiz for a third time. The school was given the competition trophy for keeps. PRESEC defeated St. Peter's Secondary School, then defending champions, in the final.[14]
  • On 16 June 2008, emerged wiiners of the National Title of NIIT ICT Expert 2008 in Kumasi. PRESEC, emerged the champions beating the regional champions: St. James Seminary SHS, Sunyani (Brong-Ahafo), Opoku Ware School, Kumasi (Ashanti Region), St. Augustine's College, Cape Coast (Central Region) and Baidoo Bonsoe SHS, Takoradi (Western Region) with 78 schools competing also at the regional levels.[15]
  • On 8 July 2008, PRESEC won the National Science and Math Quiz for a fourth time. The school defeated Opoku Ware School in the final. This was the third time PRESEC had defeated Opoku Ware in the final.[14]
  • On 24 June 2009, not only did PRESEC win the quiz competition for the fifth time, but they also became the first school ever to successfully defend their title as National Champions. PRESEC defeated Achimota School in the final.[14]


  • In 2010, two students represented Ghana and won a bronze medal in the International Junior Science Olympiad, out of 35 countries across the world.[14]
  • In 2010, a student was honoured at the WASSCE 2009 Excellence Awards Ceremony, as Best Candidate in the General Science Program, the National Best Candidate and then the Overall Best Candidate in West Africa; and a student was Overall Best in the Business Program.[14]
  • On 13 May 2011, the school won the VRA 50th Anniversary Inter-Schools Debate Competition beating Mfantsipim School in the finals of the competition.[14]
  • September 2011, the school won the Sprite Ball Inter-Schools Basketball Championship, defeating defending champions, Achimota School 10-8 in the finals.[14]
  • On 2 September 2011, the school won the maiden edition of the Coke Hit Single. The competition featured musical talents from 32 senior high schools who vied for the ultimate title of "Coke Hit Single" - Best high school musical talents in Ghana.[15]
  • In March 2013, during the WASSCE 2012 Excellence Awards, a student was judged the Overall Best Candidate in the General Arts Program in the West African Examinations Council's examinations (West African Examinations Council) conducted throughout the West African sub-region; in a year where the Council recorded its highest number 'ever' of candidates meeting its minimum eligibility criterion for the excellence awards, that is 8 grade A1s - (530 candidates out of the total 174,385 candidates who sat for the May/June WASSCE in 2012).[15]
  • 2016 - The Speaker of Parliament of Ghana, Aaron Mike Ocquaye (class of 1962), as well as 15 members of Parliament were old students of the school.


  • On 8 October 2020, the school won the National Maths and Science Quiz contest for the sixth time by beating Adisadel College and Opoku Ware Senior High School in the finals.[16]
  • On 13 May 2020 the school won The Sharks Quiz contest which was against Mawuli Senior High School.


Headteachers Tenure in office
The Rev. E. A. W. Engmann 1938—1943
The Rev. E. J. Klufio - (Acting Headmaster) 1943—1948
C. J. Amaning (Acting Headmaster) 1948—1949
The Rev. E. A. W. Engmann 1949—1951
The Rev. E. J. Klufio 1951—1960
N. O. Anim (Acting Headmaster) Sept 1960—Jan 1961
E. K. Datsa (Acting Headmaster) Jan 1961—July 1961
S. M. Akita (Acting Headmaster) Aug 1961—Sept 1961
The Rev. E. J. Klufio 1961—1966
E. K. Caesar (Acting Headmaster) Jan 1966—Augt 1966
E. K. Datsa 1966-1973
E. A. Apeadu (Acting Headmaster) Sept 1973—Aug 1974
Odadee The Rev. E. S. Mate-Kodjo ‘48 1974—1980
E. Y. Attua-Afari 1980—1982
E. A. Apeadu 1982—1989
Rose Ankrah (Acting Headmistress) 1989—1990
A. A. Akuoku 1990—1996
J. J. Asare (Acting Headmaster) 1996—1997
J. J. Asare 1997—2006
Africanus Kwame Anane 2006—2014
Lady Queene Aseidu-Akrofi 2014-2018[17]
David Odjija 2018—[18]

Notable alumniEdit

Politics, government, and public policyEdit


Arts and entertainmentEdit


Corporate, business, and financeEdit




See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ a b c "Welcome to Presbyterian Boys' Secondary School Website". Archived from the original on 8 June 2004. Retrieved 20 March 2007.
  3. ^ "Presec @80: Presby Church donates to Presec Legon | Regional News 2018-09-05". 5 September 2018. Archived from the original on 25 April 2019. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
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  5. ^ "Clerk, Nicholas Timothy, Ghana, Basel Mission". Archived from the original on 28 March 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Welcome -". 18 September 2016.
  7. ^ "NSMQ".
  8. ^ a b Ennin, Richard. "PRESEC Old Students walk with NSMQ winners". Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Welcome -". 3 March 2016.
  10. ^ "OUR HISTORY | Presbyterian Boys' Secondary School". Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  11. ^ Amoako, Henry Kwadwo (30 April 2020). "History of Senior High Schools in Ghana: LEGON PRESEC (Part 2)". African Research Consult. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  12. ^ "Aburi Girls loses to their alliance Presec-Legon in The Sharks Quiz opener". 5 March 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  13. ^ Gbagbo, Julitta (25 April 2016). "12 SCHOOLS IN GHANA WITH THE STRONGEST ALLIANCE GROUPS". Kuulpeeps - Ghana Campus News and Lifestyle Site by Students. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS | Presbyterian Boys' Secondary School". Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  15. ^ a b c "AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS | Presbyterian Boys' Secondary School". Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  16. ^ "NSMQ 2020: Presec ends decade-long drought after outsmarting Adisco and OWASS to win 6th trophy". 8 October 2020. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  17. ^ "Presec launches 80th Anniversary Celebration". Modern Ghana. Archived from the original on 25 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  18. ^ "PRESEC confers award on Speaker". Graphic Online. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  19. ^ Sagoe, Margaret (28 February 2019). "#Emergers2019: Get To Know Dancegod Lloyd". Kuulpeeps - Ghana Campus News and Lifestyle Site by Students. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  20. ^ "Benjamin AZAMATI-KWAKU | Profile | World Athletics".
  21. ^ "Andrew OWUSU | Profile | World Athletics". Archived from the original on 21 October 2013.
  22. ^ Frimpong-Ansah, J. H. (1996). Flexibility and responsiveness in the Ghana economy: post decline atrophy syndome. p. 36. ISBN 9789964969103.

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