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GHANA SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

  1. BRIEF HISTORY:

(i)  Name and Year of Establishment

Ghana Senior High School, Tamale, started as “Ghana College” on the 12th of January, 1960 as one of the trust schools which were established as part of the Convention Peoples Party government’s accelerated development plan which sort to provide the needed human resource for the technological and industrial take off of the country.

At its inception, two streams of thirty-five (35) students, all being boys, were admitted

Subjects Taught

SCHOOL’S GATE
ADMINISTRATION BLOCK

At the beginning, the school offered subjects in Science and Arts at the ordinary level. These included English, Mathematics, and Literature in English, History, General Science, Health Science, French, Latin, Additional Mathematics and Pure Science (i.e. Physics, Chemistry and Biology). Agriculture Science and Business related subjects were later introduced. In 1978, the school established a sixth form to prepare students who had gone through the ordinary level successfully for the G. C. E. Advanced Level courses in Science, Agricultural Science, Arts and Business.

Change of Name

On 4th May, 1973, the name was changed tot “Ghana Secondary School, Tamale”..

  1. ACHIEVEMENTS OVER THE YEARS

The school has produced a number of prominent men some of whom are now serving in various capacities both within and outside the country.

Some of these include: H. E. Mr. John Mahama (1976) – the current Vice President of Ghana, Mr. Alhassan Andani (1978) – M.D. Stanbic Bank (Ghana), Hon. Moses Asaga (1976) – M.P. Talensi / Nabdam U/E, Dr. Habib Mahama (1987) – Lecturer, Australia, Mr. Kwame Ayew – Former Football Player (Black Star), Ms. Felicia Tampuri (1975) –Branch Manageress, Stan Chat, Takoradi, to name but a few.

Launching of Rocket

One outstanding history made by Ghana Senior High School, then Ghana College, was the rocket that was   launched forty (40) years ago by Mr. Lalaji, an India Mathematician and his Science Students. Mr. Lalaji, who was the brain child behind the making of the rocket, together with his students, made the first launching on the 22nd June,1970 between 8:00am and 10:00am in honour of Mr. William Ofori-Atta, the then Minister of Education.

For the purpose of Television (T. V.) coverage, the rocket was launched the second time on the 28th June 1970. On the 29th June, 1970 by 4:00 am, the Minister of Education, the Regional Chief Executive, the Regional Education Officer and many invited guest were in the school to witness the launching of the rocket for the third time. It is interesting to note that the rocket landed on the same spot any time it was launched.  All these launchings was done by simply pressing a button. On 1st July, 1970, the launching of the rocket was shown on the national T. V. as part of the evening news at 7: 00pm.The portray of the rocket had become the symbol on the school’s crest as shown on page 26.

(ii) Location of Ghana Senior High School

Ghana Senior High, Tamale is located at the eastern corridor of Tamale Metropolis, off the Yendi-Salaga road. It is about 300 metres away from Tamale Teaching Hospital. It is boarded to the north by the Kukuo Community on whose land the school is situated and to the south by the Dabokpaa Community. The school is also flanked by Vitting Senior High School, Tamale and Presbyterian Senior High School, Tamale, to the east and west, respectively.

STATUS:  The available accommodations are: Boarding and Day

HEADMASTERS OF GHANA SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (FROM 1960 TO DATE)

YEAR NAME
1960 – 1964 Mr. Kenneth L. Purser
1964 – 1967 Mr. B. O. Ayittey
1967 – 1969 Mr. A. F. Clayton
SEPT.1969 – 1970 Mr. W. A. Ofori
1970 – 1973 Mr. Adu
1973 – 1981 Alhaji B. A. Fuseini
1981 – 1982 Mr. Mahama Adam (Ag)
1982 – 1983 Mr. S. M. Amankwa
1983 – 1986 Mr. Mahama Adam (Ag)
1986 – 1988 Mr. L. M. Awuni (Ag)
1988 – 1990 Mr. E. K. Kudiabor
1990 – 1991 Mr. A. A. Daramanu
1991 – 1998 Mr. Bolina Saaka
1998 – 2001 Alhaji Amadu Belko
FEB. 2001 – OCT. 2001 Mrs. Mary Asobayire Dan – Braimah (Ag)
OCT.2001 – 2004 Alhaji Mahamadu Saani Abdul- Rahman
2004 – 2005 Mr. J. B. Dakorah
2005 – 2008 Alhaji T. A. Mahama
2008 – DATE Mrs. Mary Asobayire Dan – Braimah
  1. MOTTO

As a hallmark of every school or institution, Ghana Senior High School has a motto. From the beginning the motto of the school was “Volatus Aqualae” i.e. The Flight of the Eagle. This means students were to fly as high as the eagle. That is they should aim high in their studies/ education. This motto was later changed to “Dani Suma Ni ISuglo” (Good Intention and Patience) in Dagbani, by the late Alhaji B. A. Fuseini (Headmaster – 1973 – 1981).

  1. PROGRAMMES AND CORRESPONDING SUBJECTS
  2. Agricultural Science: Animal Husbandry, Horticulture, General Agriculture, Physics
  3. Business: Business Management, Economics, Elective Mathematics, Financial Accounting, Principles Of Cost Accounting
  4. Home Economics: Biology, Chemistry, Clothing And Textiles, Economics, Foods And Nutrition, Management In Living
  5. General Science: Biology, Chemistry, Elective Mathematics, Physics
  6. General Arts: Economics, Elective Mathematics, French, Geography Dagbani, Government, Islamic Religious Studies (I.R.S.), Literature In English
HEADMISTRESS: MRS. MARY ASOBAYIRE DAN – BRAIMAH
A CROSS SECTION OF THE SCHOOL  LIBRARY
PICTURE OF THE THE SCHOOL CREST  SHOWING THE ROCKET
  1. EXTRA CURRICULA ACTIVITIES:

Ghana Senior High School, Tamale has been keen to the wholistic development of its students. For this reason, co-curricula activities are given the necessary attention they deserve.

  1. Sports: In the field of sports, the school has a sports complex, which has an atheletic oval, basketball court, volleyball court, handball court and a standard football pitch.
  2. Cadet Corps: The school has an Air Force cadet corps and by its existence in the school the students gain an insight into what it takes to make one a soldier and of course learn discipline and restraint
  3. Clubs: . The clubs and societies include: Red Cross Society, Peace Club, Gender Club, Child Rights Club, HIV/AIDS Club, Civic Education Club, Debating Club, Science and Technology Club, ETC.
  4. STAKEHOLDERS:

 (i )   Parent-Teacher Association

Parent-Teacher Association of the school is one of the development partners who see to the smooth running of Ghana Senior High School. They undertake projects, which benefit the students and the school as a whole. Some of these include: A 12-Unit Classroom Block known in the school as “P.T.A. BLOCK” and Girls Dormitory Block they built for the school, donation of a Double Cabin Pickup Car to enhance easy movements to carry out administrative work, provission of furniture, give useful suggestions to the school administration. They also organize and sponsor extra tuition to be given to students whenever the need arises. The P. T. A. has its Chairman as their represntation on the school’s governing council or Board of Governors.

 (ii)  Old Students Association

The school is always in contact with its products who are within and outside Ghana, those in the tertiary institutions and those in business.

  1. DISPENSARY:

Ghana Senior High School has a dispensary headed  by Madam Faustina Abdulai, a house mistress and the head of Home Economics Department and closely assisted by Health Prefects of the school as well as Red Cross Society in the school. Any ill student is given first aid before sending to any of the hospitals in town, if the need arises. It is a well-ventiated room in which three beds are positioned including the necessary first aid items.

  1. GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING TEACHERS:

This is the unit the school has placed much attention on. It is co-ordinated a by trained guidance and counseling officer. This officer is closely assisted by two other trained members of teaching staff. The three officers are:

(i)         Mr. John Jaggrey Soka ( The Co-ordinator),

(ii)        Mr. Mohammed Zakaria,

(iii)       Madam Amina Musah.

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