Presbyterian Boys' Senior High School

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Presbyterian Boys' Secondary School
Presbyterian boys secondary logo.PNG
Presbyterian Boys' Secondary School logo
In Lumine Tuo Videbimus Lumen
Location
Legon, Ghana
05°39′48″N 0°10′28″W / 5.66333°N 0.17444°W / 5.66333; -0.17444

Information
Type Public High School
Established 1938
Head of school Lady Queene Asiedu Akrofi[1]
Faculty 90[1]
Grades Senior Secondary Years 1 - 3
Number of students 2,200[1]
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Blue
Mascot Ɔ)dadeɛ (Baobab)
Presecan
Affiliation Presbyterian Church of Ghana
Information +233 30 250-0945
Address P. O. Box LG 98
Legon
Ghana
School Anthem Happy are we
Website

Presbyterian Boys' Secondary School (popularly referred to as PRESEC) is a prestigious all-male academic institution founded in 1938. It was originally located at Odumase - Krobo in the Eastern Region of Ghana. It was started as a secondary school for boys by the Presbyterian Church of Ghana. PRESEC has ties with its sister school, Aburi Girls' Senior High School.

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 school's anthem is "Happy Are We", written by J. L. Anang [2]

Odumase campus (1938 - 1968)[edit]

OdadeeTree

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.[3] This finally came to fruition in 1938 with the first group of 16 boys and 4 teachers. Rev. Engmann was the first headmaster. The Odumase campus initially housed German missionaries, then a primary school and then a Government Survey School before becoming the Presbyterian Boys' Secondary School. One of the proud 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 quickly gained a high reputation for the quality of its students both academically and in sports. PRESEC was located here till 1968 when it was moved to its new permanent location at Legon, Mile 9.

Legon campus (1968 to Date)[edit]

Classroom

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 to begin with from September 1975. They continued to be part of the student body till June 1996 when the last batch left.

PresecDiningHall

The Legon campus started with four student boarding houses. Three were named after notable Presbyterians. These are 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, more houses were added such Ako Adjei House and Owusu-Parry House (Named after the First Senior Prefect).Another house, yet to be named admitted its first residents in September 2010.Currently[when?] a new house is being built which is the tenth house in the School

Presec Assembly Hall

Achievements[edit]

PRESEC is the leading secondary school in Ghana. It regularly had one of the best GCE O - level and A - level results prior to the change of the national examination system to BECE and SSSCE. The graduates of its institutions regularly gain admission to the most competitive courses in the various universities.

  • In 1995, PRESEC, won the 2nd edition of the National Science and Math Quiz competition. PRESEC, Southern Sector Champions, defeated Opoku Ware School, Northern Sector Champion in the Final of Finals.
  • In 1999, PRESEC scooped four out of the seven WAEC (West African Examinations Council) awards for the very best individual performances in the final examinations for over 500 Secondary Schools. This was an unprecedented feat that has still not been equaled to this date.
The 2002 PRESEC Civic Education Club handing over ceremony. On the right are the class of 2002 executives led by Yaw Boakye-Yiadom,[4] Club President, (tallest) handing over to the class of 2003 executives. Looking on are former PRESEC headmaster J. J. Asare, NCCE officials, local club patron Oromasis Abbey
  • In 2002, at the National Constitution Quiz organized by the National Commission for Civic Education, PRESEC represented by the PRESEC Civic Education Club emerged victorious. The club was led by Yaw Boakye-Yiadom[4] a science student.
  • In 2003, PRESEC repeated the feat of 1995 by defeating Opoku Ware School in the National Science and Math Quiz competition. The gentlemen who represented the school were Michael Gbipki, Reza Abdullah and Elorm Sekyi. Michael Gbikpi went on to chalk the overall best performance in the WAEC (West African Examinations Council) SSSCE examinations that year.
  • On 1 July 2006,PRESEC won the prestigious National Science and Maths Quiz for an unprecedented third time. The school was given the competition trophy for keeps. The lads that made history for PRESEC and the competition were Timothy Kotin, Roland Ribeiro and Kofi Seffah. PRESEC defeated St. Peters' Secondary School, then defending champions, in the final.
Presec wins NIIT
  • On 16 June 2008,NIIT Ghana successfully organised the Inter-school ICT Quiz contest at The Great Hall, Kumasi which showcased the best talent from five Regions of Ghana. A total of 78 schools participated from these regions in various 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. And as expected, PRESEC, emerged the ultimate 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). The boys, who outdistanced the 2nd Prize winners Opoku Ware School by an astonishing 1020 points, were the first year students John Kotey Kotei and Peter O'Hara Adu.
  • On 8 July 2008, PRESEC again won the National Science and Math Quiz for an unprecedented 4th time. The lads that made history for PRESEC were William Dove, Daniel Yeboah-Kordieh, Roland Krieger and George Blankson cementing the school's status as the best secondary school in Ghana by once again defeating Opoku Ware School in the final.This made it the 3rd time PRESEC has defeated OPOKU WARE in GRAND FINAL, although they also has a very superior all time record against their rivals PREMPEH COLLEGE as far as SCIENCE QUIZ is concerned,not forgetting the recent famous humiliating defeat they handed to PREMPEH in a 96-46 SCORE.On 24 June 2009, not only did PRESEC win the prestigious quiz competition for an unprecedented fifth time, but also, they became the first school ever to successfully defend their title as National Champions. PRESEC defeated Achimota Senior High School in the final. The gentlemen who made history for PRESEC were Jeffrey Asala, Frank Adu-Poku and Prosper Dzidzienyo.
  • In 2010, two PRESEC students, Joseph Asare and Samuel Amoako-Frimpong, represented Ghana and won a bronze medal in the International Junior Science Olympiad, out of 35 countries across the world.
  • In 2010, two PRESEC students were honoured at the WASSCE 2009 Excellence Awards Ceremony. They were Frank Adu-Poku who was adjudged the Best Candidate in the General Science Program, the National Best Candidate and then the Overall Best Candidate in West Africa; James Nti Omane was also adjudged the Overall Best in the Business Program.
  • On 13 May 2011, PRESEC won the VRA 50th Anniversary Inter-Schools Debate Competition beating Mfantsipim School in the finals of the competition.
  • September 2011, PRESEC won the Sprite Ball Inter-Schools Basketball Championship, defeating defending champions, Achimota School 10-8 in the finals.
Presec wins Coke Hits
  • On 2 September 2011, PRESEC 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, Michael Siaw Larbi did the school proud once again by being adjudged 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 - (an unprecedented 530 candidates out of the total 174,385 candidates who sat for the May/June WASSCE in 2012).

Sample West African Exams Council Excellence Awards "O" & "A" Levels[edit]

  • 1988 - A Level - Fred Attakumah - 1st place in Ghana
  • 1989 O Level - Kofi Senyo Honu - 1st place in Ghana
  • 1990 - A Level - Lawrence Adu-Boateng - 1st (Ghana), Jonathan A. Laryea - 2nd (Ghana), Matthew K. Kyei - 3rd (Ghana)
  • 1991 A Level - Philip K. Gbor - 1st (Ghana), Benedictus K. Attisogbui - 2nd (Ghana)
  • 1992 A Level - Charles Ofosu - 1st (Ghana), Kofi Effah - 2nd (Ghana)
  • 1993 A Level - Nortei Dowuona - 3rd (Ghana)
  • 1994 A Level - Abdul Bassit - 3rd (Ghana)
  • 1995 A Level - Raphael Afaedor - 3rd (Ghana)
  • 1996 A Level - Samuel S. Mortoti - 1st (Ghana)

Sample West African Exams Council Excellence Awards, SSSCE & WASSCE[edit]

  • 1993 SSSCE - Henry E. Amuasi - Best in Science Programme
  • 1994 SSSCE - Divine Tetteh - Best in General Arts Programme
  • 1996 SSSCE - David Amable - Best Overall, Best in Science Programme
  • 2001 SSSCE - Emmanuel D.Padi-Best In Business Programme
  • 2003 SSSCE - Michael B. Gbikpi - Best Overall, Best in Science Programme
  • 2009 WASSCE - Frank Adu Poku - Best Overall, Best in Science Programme,- James Nti Omane - Best in Business Programme
  • 2012 WASSCE - Michael Siaw Larbi - Best in General Arts Programme

Headteachers[edit]

Headteachers Tenure in office
Rev. E. A. W. Engmann 1938-1943
Rev. E. J. Klufio - (Acting Headmaster) 1943-1948
C.J. Amaning (Acting Headmaster) 1948-1949
Rev. E. A. W. Engmann 1949-1951
Rev. E. J. Klufio 1951-1960
N.O Anim (Acting Headmaster) Sept 1960-Jan 1961
E.K. Datsa (Acting Headmaster) Jan 1961-July 1960
S.M Akita (Acting Headmaster) Aug 1961-Sept 1961
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 Rev E.S. Mate-Kodjo (Class of 1948) 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 Asiedu Akrofi 2014–Present

Notable alumni[edit]

Politics, Government and Public Policy[edit]

Academia[edit]

Arts, Entertainment[edit]

Sports[edit]

  • Ezekiel Ansah - American football Defensive End for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL)
  • Dr. Andrew Owusu - International Triple Jump Champion[10]

Corporate, Business and Finance[edit]

Law[edit]

  • Benjamin Kwakye - Harvard Law School graduate, renowned author, lawyer and winner of the 2006 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book (Africa Region)
  • Judge Kofi Barnes - Judge at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Canada.[14]

Music[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]