Mfantsipim School

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Mfantsipim School
Mfantsipim Logo.png
School Crest
Dwen Hwe Kan
P. O. Box 101
Aboom Wells Road
Cape Coast, central region, Ghana
Coordinates 5°07′08″N 1°15′04″W / 5.119°N 1.251°W / 5.119; -1.251Coordinates: 5°07′08″N 1°15′04″W / 5.119°N 1.251°W / 5.119; -1.251
Religious affiliation(s) Christian
Denomination Methodist
Established 3rd April 1876
Headmaster John Kwamina Ankomah Simpson
Chaplain Rev. George Affum, BEd
Staff 147 teachers
Grades High
Gender Boys
Age 12 to 18
Enrollment 1611
Average class size 35
Language English
Houses 7
School colour(s) Black and Red
Nickname Kwabotwe
Affiliation Methodist Church, Ghana
Alumni Mfantsipim Old Boys Association (MOBA)
Nobel laureates Kofi Annan
School Anthem MHB 832 (For All The Saints)
Telephone +233 33 213 4923
+233 33 213 2438

Mfantsipim is a Methodist secondary school in Cape Coast, Ghana. It has origins in the first secondary school to be established in the Gold Coast, (now Ghana), Wesleyan High School, founded on 3 April 1876. The first principal was James Picot, who was 18 years old at the time. The school changed its name to Wesleyan Collegiate School in 1896.

In 1905 a graduate of the school, John Mensah Sarbah, founded a rival school named Mfantsipim; the name derives from "Mfantsefo-apem", meaning "thousands of Fantes". In July of the same year the two schools were merged under the control of the Methodist church, keeping the name Mfantsipim.[1] In 1931 the school moved to the present site at Kwabotwe Hill in the northern part of Cape Coast, at the top of Kotokoraba Road.[2]


Koame Mieza Edjah was appointed headmaster in 2008.[3] He was succeeded by J.K.A. Simpson.[citation needed]


Alumni of the school include Kofi Annan, Nobel Prize winner and former Secretary-General of the United Nations; Kofi Abrefa Busia, former prime minister of Ghana; Joseph W.S. de Graft-Johnson, academic, engineer and politician; J.E. Casely Hayford, journalist and politician; and Alex Quaison-Sackey, diplomat.[1]


  1. ^ a b Richard Bagudu (2007). Judging Annan. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse. ISBN 9781425960933. p. 22–23.
  2. ^ A. Adu Boahen(1996). Mfantsipim and the making of Ghana: a centenary history, 1876-1976. Accra, Ghana: Sankofa Educational Publishers. ISBN 9789988763114. p. 311.
  3. ^ New headmaster for Mfantsipim School inducted. Ghana News Agency. Archived 9 January 2008.