Mfantsipim School

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Mfantsipim School
Mfantsipim Logo.png
School Crest
P. O. Box 101
Central Region
Cape Coast, Central, 101
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
Type Public Secondary/High School
Motto Dwen Hwe Kan
Religious affiliation(s) Christian
Denomination Methodist
Established 3 April 1876
Sister school Wesley Girls High School
School district Cape coast
Headmaster Manfred Barton-Oduro
Chaplain George Affum
Staff 147 teachers
Gender Boys
Age 14 to 18
Enrollment 2500+
Average class size 50
Language English
Houses 7
School colour(s) Crimson     and Black    
Nickname Kwa Botwe
Rival St. Augustine's College and Adisadel College.
USNWR ranking 1
National ranking 1
Affiliation Methodist Church, Ghana
Alumni Mfantsipim Old Boys Association
School Anthem MHB 832 (For All The Saints)

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", literally meaning "thousands of Fantes" but actually meaning "the gathering of hosts of scholars for change" originally by 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 Kotokuraba Road.[2]


Koame Mieza Edjah was appointed headmaster in 2008.[3] He was succeeded by J. K. A. Simpson.[4]


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]


  • Winners of 1999 and 2014 edition of the National Science and Maths quiz .[5] won by Master Takyi Blankson and Master Ben-Judah


  1. ^ a b Richard Bagudu (2007). Judging Annan. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse. ISBN 9781425960933, pp. 22–23.
  2. ^ A. Adu Boahen (1996). Mfantsipim and the Making of Ghana: a centenary history, 1876-1976.
  3. ^ New headmaster for Mfantsipim School inducted. Ghana News Agency. Archived 9 January 2008.
  4. ^ Essamuah Colin (14 March 2014). "Time manager is new Mfantsipim headmaster!". Graphic. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Mfantsipim 2014 National Science & Maths Quiz". 9 July 2014. 

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