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. The progenitor of the original idea for the school was 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. The school has ties with its sister schools, Aburi Girls' Senior High School and Krobo Girls Senior High School.
|Presbyterian Boys' Secondary School|
Presbyterian Boys' Secondary School logo
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||In Lumine Tuo Videbimus Lumen|
|Head of school||David Odjija |
|Grades||Senior secondary years 1-3|
|Age||14 to 19|
|Affiliation||Presbyterian Church of Ghana|
|Address||P. O. Box LG 98|
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.
The school anthem is "Happy Are We", written by J. L. Anang and transcribed by Stephen Appiah Danquah.
- 1 Houses
- 2 Odumase campus (1938–1968)
- 3 Legon campus (1968 to date)
- 4 Achievements
- 5 Headteachers
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
- Kwansa House
- Clerk House
- Engmann House
- Akro House
- Riis House
- Labone House
- Ako-Adjei House
- Owusu Parry House
- House 9
- P. T. A. House
Odumase campus (1938–1968)Edit
The school was started in Odumase after a Ghanaian educationist with the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, E. A. W. Engmann, lobbied for a boys' school to be started by the church. 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. 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
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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. 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.
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 at 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 dormitory, House 9, admitted its first residents in September 2010 as well as a new house, House 10.
- In 1995 the school won the second edition of the Ghana National Science and Math Quiz competition. PRESEC and six times Ghana National Science and Math Quiz winners, Southern Sector Champions, defeated Opoku Ware School, Northern Sector Champion in the Final of Finals.
- In 1999, the school won four of the seven WAEC (West African Examinations Council) awards for the best individual performances in the final examinations for over 500 secondary schools.
- In 2002, at the National Constitution Quiz organized by the National Commission for Civic Education, PRESEC Civic Education Club emerged victorious.
- In 2003, PRESEC repeated the feat of 1995 by defeating Opoku Ware School in the National Science and Math Quiz competition. A student went on to win the overall best performance in the WAEC (West African Examinations Council) SSSCE examinations that year.
- On 1 July 2006 the school won the National Science and Maths Quiz for a third time. The school was given the competition trophy for keeps. PRESEC defeated St. Peters' Secondary School, then defending champions, in the final.
- On 16 June 2008, NIIT Ghana organised the inter-school ICT Quiz contest at the Great Hall, Kumasi which showcased the talent from five regions of Ghana. 78 schools participated from the regions in regional qualifying rounds to make it to the mega-finals. One winner from every region, contested for the National Title of NIIT ICT Expert 2008 in Kumasi. PRESEC, emerged the champions- NIIT ICT Expert 2008 Winners 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).
- 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. On 24 June 2009, not only did PRESEC win the prestigious quiz competition for a fifth time, but they also became the first school ever to successfully defend their title as National Champions. PRESEC defeated Achimota Senior High School in the final.
- In 2010, two students represented Ghana and won a bronze medal in the International Junior Science Olympiad, out of 35 countries across the world.
- 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.
- On 13 May 2011, the school won the VRA 50th Anniversary Inter-Schools Debate Competition beating Mfantsipim School in the finals of the competition.
- September 2011, the school won the Sprite Ball Inter-Schools Basketball Championship, defeating defending champions, Achimota School 10-8 in the finals.
- 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.
- 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).
- 2016 - The Speaker of Parliament of Ghana, Aaron Mike Ocquaye (class of 1962) as well as 15 members of Parliament are old students of the 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|
Politics, government, and public policyEdit
- Lt. Gen. F. W. K. Akuffo - Head of State of Ghana (5 July 1978 – 4 June 1979)
- Michael Paul Ansah - Minister of State in the third republic
- Theodore Obo Asare Jnr - Economist and Member of Parliament for Akan Bowiri in the first republic
- Kwaku Boateng - Minister of Education and Minister of Interior in the first republic
- Kwesi Botchwey - Ghana's longest serving Minister of Finance (1982–1995), Chairman of Ghana National Gas Development Task Force
- Aaron Mike Oquaye - Speaker of the 7th Parliament of the 4th Republic (2017–2021), former Minister of Communication (2005–2009)
- Bright Simons - IMANI Ghana and 2012 World Economic Forum (WEF), Young Global Leader (YGL)
- Alex Tettey-Enyo - former Minister of Education
- Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa - Member of Parliament - North Tongu, former Deputy Minister of Education (2013–2016)
- Kofi Portuphy - former National Coordinator, National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) and National Chairman-National Democratic Congress
- Ato Ulzen-Appiah - Director of the GhanaThink Foundation and named amongst most influential young Africans
- Kwabena Boahen - Professor of Bioengineering and Neuromorphic Engineering, Stanford University
- Ernest Aryeetey - Vice Chancellor of University of Ghana - Legon (2010–2016)
- E. Bamfo-Kwakye - Vice Chancellor of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) (1974–1983)
- George C. Clerk - pioneering Ghanaian botanist and phytopathologist
- Nicholas T. Clerk - Ghanaian academic, administrator and Presbyterian minister, former Rector of GIMPA
- John Owusu Gyapong, vice chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences
Arts and entertainmentEdit
- Augustine Abbey (Idikoko) - owner of Great Idikoko Ventures and President of Film Producers Association of Ghana
- Kwaku Sintim-Misa - Ghanaian actor, political satirist and host of Thank God it's Friday
- Kwasi Kyei Darwkah - Ghanaian broadcaster and master of ceremonies
- Ezekiel Ansah - American football defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL)
- Isaac Kissi - footballer
- Andrew Owusu - international triple jump champion
Corporate, business, and financeEdit
- Jonathan Herbert Frimpong-Ansah - former Governor of the Bank of Ghana
- Samuel Sarpong - Deputy Managing Director - Ghana Commercial Bank.
- Lucy Quist - first Ghanaian woman to become the CEO of a multinational telecommunications company in Ghana
- Nene Amegatcher - active Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana (2018–)
- Benjamin Kwakye - Harvard Law School graduate, author, lawyer and winner of the 2006 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book (Africa Region)
- Victor Kofi Agawu - Professor of Music, Princeton University
- Elom Adablah - also known as EL, rapper and musician (Artiste of the Year at the 2015/2016 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards)
- Hammer of The Last Two - producer and sound engineer
- Ball J - sound engineer and record producer
- Jayso - Ghanaian rapper and record producer
- Choirmaster - member of praye music group
- Bernard Avle - Ghanaian media personality and broadcast journalist
- Emmanuel Agbeko Gamor - journalist
- Gary Al-Smith - Sports Journalist
- Louis Kwame Sakyiamah (Lexis Bill) - Ghanaian media personality
Eastwood Anaba - A youth revivalist, motivational speaker and Senoir Pastor of Fountain Gate Chapel.
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