GHANA NATIONAL COLLEGE
P. O. BOX 161, CAPE COAST; TEL: 0332194260/0332194263
HEADMASTER’S RESIDENCE: 0332132467
1. A BRIEF HISTORY
In February, 1948 during the political agitation for independence for Ghana, under the banner of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Dr. J.B. Danquah, Mr. Edward Akuffo Addo, Mr. William Ofori Atta, Mr. Obetsebi Lamptey and Mr. Ako Adjei (The Big Six), all leaders of the UGCC were arrested on the orders of the Gold Coast Governor, Sir Gerald Creasy for pressing for independence for the Gold Coast.
In March, the same year the student body of the three secondary schools in Cape Coast namely St. Augustine’s College, Adisadel College and Mfantsipim School embarked on a demonstration to press home the demand for the release from custody of the six nationalist leaders-referred to famously in Ghana’s history as the “Big Six”-who had been incarcerated by the colonial government. The school authorities immediately reacted by closing down the schools and students sent home.
When eventually the schools were reopened some of the students and their teacher-accomplices were dismissed. When Dr. Kwame Nkrumah heard of the dismissal of the students and their four teachers, he decided to do something for them. In order to counter this needless vindictiveness, a decision was taken to give the affected students and teachers a chance to continue their careers and education respectively. The result was the establishment of a school in 1948, appropriately named for Ghana as Ghana National College, nine clear years before the Gold Coast itself adopted the name. In this regard alone, Ghana National College can lay claim to being the forerunner of the modern state we, its citizens, proudly call Ghana.
In July, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah initiated steps to start the new school with the four dismissed teachers and students. He provided the seed money of £10 to purchase furniture and some teaching materials. On 19th July, the pioneer batch of sixteen boys and one girl were given their first official lesson in the Hall of the Belgravean Lodge on McCarthy Hill, Cape Coast. On the next day, 20th of the same month, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah inaugurated the school and christened it ‘Ghana National College’.
“Ghana National College is a co-educational, interdenominational institution, the primary design of which is to give the boys and girls who come to us, what in our view is the best education and an enduring culture ”worthy of what is best in the African tradition”. This statement denotes three striking features namely:
i. The school is to be co-educational and interdenominational
ii. Provide best (quality) education to the youth
iii. Inculcate an enduring culture
THE VARIOUS HEADMASTERS OF THE COLLEGE
NO NAME YEAR
1 Mr. Kwesi Plange July 1948-June 1950
2 Mr. J. J. Mensah-Kane June 1950-September 1952
3 Mr. David Carney September 1952-April 1953
4 Mr. C. A. Ackah May 1953-September 1956
5 Mr. Albert Hammond September 1956-September 1960
6 Mr. J. J. Mensah-Kane September 1960-July 1979
7 Mr. Samuel E. Cobbold September 1979-October 1986
8 Mr. John Gyamfi October 1987-August 1991
9 Mr. Joe Numah-Hagan September 1991-December 1998
10 Mr. A. K. Iduenu January 1990-November2002
11 Mr. Robert Koomson-Barnes December2002-
COLLEGE MOTTO: Pro Patria
COLLEGE COAT OF ARM: African Map showing Ghana with rising sun from the east painted with Maroon, Green and Cream.
3. COURSES OFFERED
• Arts (General)
• Science (General)
• Visual Art
• Home Science
4. SCHOOL FACILITIES
LIBRARY: The College has a library complex which can seat six hundred (600) students at a go. This is the largest school library for second cycle school in the country as at now.
COMPUTER LAB/ CENTRE
The College currently has a total of twenty-five (25) computers which serves the entire college students. It has been one difficult area since the number of computers at the lab is not enough to support the student population of one thousand three hundred and fifty- four (1354). The College is trying very seriously to get a stable internet connectivity to facilitate teaching and learning. This has become very necessary as a result of the 21st Century to being adopted to deliver education all over the world.
INFIRMARY: The College infirmary is currently under construction.
5. CO-CURRICULA ACTIVITIES
CLUBS AND SOCIETIES
The clubs and societies within the college are Green Earth, Scripture Union (SU), Students Youth Travel Organization (SYTO), Cadet Corps, Red Cross, Fire Service Cadet Corps, College Choir, World Wide Readers Club, Ghana United Nations Students Association (GUNSA), and Ghana Methodist Students Union (GHAMSU)
- Monday Open all day
- Tuesday Open all day
- Wednesday Open all day
- Thursday Open all day
- Friday Open all day
- Saturday Open all day
- Sunday Open all day