Adisadel College

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Adisadel College
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School Crest
P. O. Box 83
Adisadel Village
Central Region
Cape Coast
Coordinates 5°06′32″N 1°15′17″E / 5.1089702°N 1.2547088°E / 5.1089702; 1.2547088
School type Public High School All Boys School
Motto vel primus vel cum primis
Religious affiliation(s) Christianity
Denomination Anglican
Established 1910
Founder Rev Nathaniel Temple Hamlyn
Headmaster William Kusi Yeboah
Staff 112 teachers
Gender Boys
Age 14 to 20
Enrollment c. 3000
Average class size 50
Language English
Campus 2: Leopoldville & Katanga
Houses 10
School colour(s) Black and White
Slogan Play Up Santaclausians!!
Song Adisadel On the Hill!
Mascot Zebra Boys
Nickname Adisco
Rival Mfantsipim School
Newspaper Owl
Affiliation Anglican Church, Ghana
Telephone 042 32 543 / +233 42 32543
Fax 042 32 382 / +233 42 32382

Adisadel College is an Anglican school for boys in Cape Coast, Ghana, modelled on the English public school.

It was ranked 10th out of the top 100 best high schools in Africa by Africa Almanac in 2003, based upon quality of education, student engagement, strength and activities of alumni, school profile, internet and news visibility.[1]


Adisadel was established in 1910 in a building at Topp Yard, near Christ Church and Cape Coast Castle. It began with 29 boys, but in 1935 it had about 200. The school buildings were extended in 1950 by Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew.[2] At the time of the Golden Jubilee in 1960, enrolment had gone up to 545. When the school celebrated its centenary in 2010 there were over 1500 boys (all boarders) and 93 teachers.

The school's Founder was Temple Hamlyn, Anglican Bishop of Accra. His purpose was to provide a grammar school for sons of Anglican parents, in particular a training ground for Church personnel.

The School is the second-oldest secondary school in Ghana, and claims to be one of the most famous institutions of learning in sub-Saharan Africa.[3] The first secondary school to be established in Ghana was Mfantsipim School, also in Cape Coast, which was founded by the Methodist Church in 1876. It currently has 10 - (12)houses, the most recent being Thomas Jonah House, built in 1997.

Adisadel College was the first secondary school in the history of Ghana to have its prefects don special cloaks, red for the head prefects, blue for the other prefects and green for the assistants.[3]

The college is the current champion of the National Maths and Science Quiz after winning the 2016 edition of the competition.


The uniform of the school is black and white shirt on black shorts. It is commonly referred to as "zebra" due to its resemblance to the skin of the zebra.


The school currently[when?] has eleven houses: Hamlyn, Quaque, Elliott, Canterbury, Knight, Aglionby, Ebiradze, Jubilee, Thomas Jonah,New House 2 and Le Maire. The school has two parts: one lies on a hill and one below and these are linked by a staircase (Katanga Stairs) made up of 83 steps. The school on the hill is called Leopoldville and is commonly called by the students as The Upper School. It accommodates five houses: Hamlyn, Elliott, New House 2, Canterbury and Knight. And also the White house where the Head Prefect and the Chapel Prefect reside. It is also where the school's dining hall, assembly hall known as Canterbury Hall, the chapel, classroom blocks, the headmaster's residence and the administration buildings stand. The lower part of the school is called Katanga or Lower School by students. This is where the other six remaining houses are. The sports stadium which includes a soccer field is situated there alongside two other soccer fields.

Headmasters of Adisadel College[edit]

Name From To
G. B. Brown BA 1910 1910
B. P. Haines MA 1910 1910
G. B. Brown BA 1910 1912
Hugh Hare MA(Oxon) 1913 1914
R. Fisher MA(Cantab) 1914 1918
W. Hutton Mensah 1918 1924
S. R. S. Nicholas MA DTh(Durham) 1924 1929
A. J. Knight MA LLB(Cantab) 1929 1937
R. D. Hudson MA(Oxon) 1938 1940
W. G. Harward MA(Oxon) 1947 1952
A. R. H. Dee MA(Sydney) 1954 1955
L. W. Fry MA BSc(Oxon) 1956 1958
T. J. Drury MA(Cantab) 1959 1963
R. T. Orleans-Pobee BA(Lond) MEd(Springfield) 1963 1974
E. A. Jonah BA(Legon) 1974 1982
R. K. Ayitey BA(Ed.) 1982 1991
J. F. K. Appiah-Cobbold BA PGCE 1991 1995
J. E. C. Kitson BA PGCE) 1995 2004
H. K. K. Graham BSc(Hons) PGCE 2005 2014
William Kusi Yeboah 2014 present


[4] Adisadel College has been a sports power since colonial days to the present. Adisadel encourages all of its students to participate in some kind of sporting activity. Most students engage in recreational or competitive sports to eschew the label "Waste Pipe"- a campus vernacular that is used to refer to an able-body who does not participate in sports. Conforming to the Latin adage - "A healthy mind in a healthy body", the school organizes competitive intramural sports. Early morning jogging by the entire residents of a dormitory is a common activity on campus. Cricket, basketball, hockey, gymnastics, soccer, volleyball, track and field, tennis and table tennis are some of the sports on campus.


With victories over teams from Ghana Navy, University of Cape Coast, St. Johns School, the school dominated the sports in the seventies with players like Daniel Prempeh (Knight House), Angus Ola (Canterbury), Isaac Neizer (Canterbury), Ebenezer Ofori Ahwireng (knight), Laryea (Quaque) and Afful (Knight), Marlon Bilson (Knight). The sport suffered when the Drury Gymnasium was temporarily converted into a dining hall during the rebuilding of the current dining hall. Currently the school is rebuilding a team which was quite successful in many friendlies they played.


The only school in Ghana with three soccer fields, Adisadel has developed soccer to a highly competitive level. More students participate in this sport than any other. In the early seventies, Adisadel students like Sam Amporful (1973) played for Cape Coast Vipers. Baffour Gyan,a striker of the national team, the Black Stars, is also an old boy and was in Hamlyn house. En route to becoming the Zonal Champions, Adisadel beat Ghana National College on penalty kicks. Ibrahim Ayew, a past student and son of Legend Abedi Ayew 'Pele' was a member of the college soccer team during the years of 2002-2004. He now plays for Kumasi Asante Kotoko as a defensive midfielder. Rahim, as he is popularly known by his colleagues, was part of the Ghanaian squad that chalked the silver medal in the CAN 2010 Angola, losing to Egypt in the final. Samuel Appiah, currently in the MLS in the USA, plays for the Houston Dynamo. He played together with Rahim Ayew. He was the school captain and sports prefect. From Adisadel, he played for the University of Ghana soccer team and had a scholarship to Boston University where he played all their games and was the captain.

Track and Field[edit]

Adisadel College's continued dominance in track and field can be traced to the late forties. The school continues to produce sprinters of national and internal caliber. Since H.O Nyarku of Adisadel represented Ghana (then Gold Coast) in 1952 Olympics Games in Helsinki, the school has produced several national sprinters like George Enchill (Sakinah), Yaw Atuahene (USA), Kofi Osei (Sasta) and Perry Ofori-Baffoe (Nguji). In 1997 Perry won 5-track events (100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100 and 4x400) setting a new 100m record, and representing Ghana at the National Junior Games in Edmonton, Canada.


There is an ongoing rivalry between the school and Mfantsipim School which has brought about the Mfantsipim-Adisadel Fun Day Games. At Mfanstipim's 1976 centenary celebration - after acknowledging all the high-profile guests of honour, the head prefect of the school continued by saying "Ladies and Gentlemen...The Adisadel Problem still exists"! That year Adisadel beat Mfanstipim at the Inter-Colleges (Inter-Co) Track and Field competition held on the grounds of Mfanstipim. One good thing about this rivalry is that it is healthy and it has produced some of the finest gentlemen Ghana has produced in all endeavours.


An ongoing alliance with Mfanstiman girls Secondary School, Holy Child,Wesely Girls,Aburi Girls,Roses and St Monica's Girls Secondary School.


  • Adisadel On The Hill: The History (1910–2010) - by John Samuel Pobee, Vicar General of the Anglican Diocese of Accra. This book was published and launched in March 2010 to coincide with the school's centenary anniversary.
  • The Owl is a monthly newsletter for students and alumni of Adisadel College.[4]
  • Reminiscences of Adisadel - A short historical sketch of ADISADEL COLLEGE published in 1980, by G. McLean Amissah.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Judiciary-Chief Justice George Kingsley Acquah, Chief Justice Edward Kwame Wiredu, Chief Justice Philip Archer, JSC Charles Hayfron-Benjamin,
  • Legislature- Jacob Hackenburg Griffiths-Randolph, Ebenezer Begyina Sekyi-Hughes, Freddie Blay
  • John Agyekum Kufuor, President of the Republic of Ghana, had the Honorary Santaclausian status conferred on him in his role as the Special Guest of Honour by the then Board Chairman, Hero Bhavnani.
  • In keeping with tradition, Alhaji Aliu Mahama was similarly decorated with the Honorary Santaclausian badge. The Vice-President accepted an invitation from the 1983 year group of Santaclausians who were the main sponsors of the 98th Speech and Prize-Giving day Celebration (twenty five years after leaving school) to be a member of their year group.[5]
  • Sam E Jonah KBE, Executive Chairman of Jonah Capital; previously President of AngloGold Ashanti
  • Ave Kludze, a Rocket Scientist, Senior NASA Engineer and first African to fly (command and control) a spacecraft in orbit including the ERBS and TRMM spacecrafts for NASA.
  • Captain James Hackman Tachie-Menson, First Black African Ship's Captain & First African South of the Sahara to man a ship across the Atlantic Ocean; Former Managing Director of Black Star Line (Ghana's National Shipping Line); Former Vice-President of Crown Cruise Line; Renowned Musician and Composer, whose notable musical compositions, such as "Where is our God?", “Afrenhyia-Pa”, and “The New Born Prince of Peace” are frequently sung by choirs and churches throughout Ghana and the United States.
  • Kojo Frans,Chief Executive Officer and President of Next Generation Broadcasting (NGB), Sweden
  • Nii Narku Quaynor, Network Computer Systems
  • George Kingsley Acquah, was the twenty-third (23rd ) Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana.[6]
  • Lieutenant General Akwasi Amankwaa Afrifa, head of state of Ghana and leader of the military government in 1969
  • Adu Gyamfi, former president of Ghana Medical Association
  • A. S. Aryeetey, first provost of the College of Health sciences, University of Ghana, former dean of University of Ghana Medical School.
  • Ernest Bediako, CEO of Ernest Chemists, one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in Ghana
  • Ebenezer Sakyi Hughes, Former Speaker of Ghana's parliament
  • J. E. O. Pobee, Professor of Medicine, University of Ghana Medical School
  • Baah-Nuako, Professor of Economics, University of Ghana
  • Kofi Frimpong, First host on the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) programme What Do You Know?
  • Kwame Atta Acheampong, Managing Director of Attachy Constructions Company Ltd and Vice President Of Contractors Association Of Ghana
  • Francis Essim Bentil, Professor of pharmacy
  • A.K Amponsah, popularly known as Agya Koo Nimo - a Ghanaian folklorist and recording artist.
  • Maxwell Adjei Darkwa, Director at Price Waterhouse Coopers

External links[edit]

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  1. ^ "top20highschools". Africa Almanac. Africa Almanac. 1 October 2003. Archived from the original on 14 January 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2016. The research leading up to the publication of the 100 Best High Schools in Africa began with the launching of the website in December 2000. 
  2. ^ Fry and Drew - Adisadel College Extension
  3. ^ a b "Adisadel Historical Sketch". adisadelonline. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  4. ^ a b "Owl on the web". adisadelonline. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Owl on the web". adisadelonline. Archived from the original on 4 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  6. ^ "List of Chief Justices". Official Website. Judicial Service of Ghana. Archived from the original on February 13, 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-26.