Ghana National College is a senior high school in Cape Coast, Ghana.


Ghana National College was founded on July 20, 1948, staffed by dismissed teachers from St Augustine’s College and Mfantsipim School.The college was founded by the first Ghanaian President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah using his own funds, for eight students who had been expelled by the British colonial administration from St Augustine’s College. The expulsion resulted from a protest march, held in solidarity with Nkrumah, who was then imprisoned.

Notable alumni

In 2014 the college created a Hall of Fame to honour alumni. The first inductees were Francis Allotey, Samuel Sefa-Dedeh, Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, Anthony Annan-Prah, David Taylor, Lee Tandoh-Ocran and Kobby A. Koomson. Other notable alumni include:

  • Nana Aba Anamoah, media personality, news anchor and broadcaster
  • Kwesi Armah, formerly Ghana’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
  • General Emmanuel Alexander Erskine, 1st UNIFIL Commander
  • Gladys Asmah – Former minister of Fisheries
  • Anthony Annan – Ghanaian international footballer / Schalke 04
  • Frank Abor Essel-Cobbah – Member of parliament during the second republic
  • Damoah – Ghanaian author
  • Ernest Debrah – Ghanaian politician, former minister for Food and Agriculture
  • Kwame Gyewu-Kyem – Member of parliament of the first parliament of the fourth republic
  • Diana Hamilton – Ghanaian musician
  • Winston Mensah-Wood – Former Chief of Defence Staff, and Chief of the Army Staff
  • Charlotte Osei – lawyer and former chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana
  • Abeiku Santana – radio and TV personality
  • Asiedu Walker – Ghanaian politician
  • Nana Owusu-Nkwantabisa – Academia
  • Rahim Banda – actor and Free SHS Ambassador


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  2. ^ Hon. Lee Ocran, Member of Parliament for Jomoro in an address to the Parliament of Ghana, 26 February 2007.
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  4. ^ “Ghanacoll’s 66th anniversary: North America Chapter ups the ante”. Daily Graphic. 14 July 2014.
  5. ^ Tabbey-Botchwey, Adom (14 February 2020). “10 popular Ghanaian personalities you didn’t know attended Ghana National College”. Bra Perucci Africa. Retrieved 11 October 2021.