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Accra Academy High School
Accra Academy High School Insignia
Location
Bubuashie
Accra, Greater Accra Region, Ghana
Coordinates 5°34′18″N 0°14′38″W / 5.57167°N 0.24389°W / 5.57167; -0.24389Coordinates: 5°34′18″N 0°14′38″W / 5.57167°N 0.24389°W / 5.57167; -0.24389
Information
Type Public
Established July 20, 1931
Principal Mr. Samuel Ofori Adjei
Staff 64
Faculty 106
Grades Forms(1-4)
Number of students 1,523
Color(s) Yellow      and Blue     
Mascot Lion
Nickname Little Legon
Affiliation St. Marys High School
Information +233-21-221721, P. O. Box GP 501, Accra.
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Accra Academy (pronounced /[ákrə ə káddəmee]/) High School is a non-denominational Day and Boarding Boys School located in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. The School runs a variety of courses in Business, Science, General Arts and Vocational skills leading to the award of a West African Senior Secondary School Certificate.

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Headmasters of Accra Academy

Below is a list of former Headmasters of Accra Academy including the present Headmaster of the School. The list also includes a former Headmistress of the school.[1].

Name Tenure in Office
Dr. K.G. Konuah 1931 to 1952
Mr. Allotei Kobina Konuah 1952 to 1967
Mr. Jacob Korley Okine 1967 to 1986.
Mr. Vincent Birch Freeman 1986 to 1996.
Mrs Beatrice Lokko 1996 to 2005.
Mr Samuel Ofori Adjei 2005 to date
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School facilities

Ellen House, James Town.

In Ghana, Accra Academy is acknowledged by the Ministry of Education as a category A school and as such, the school has a number of facilities among which are; an Assembly Hall, a Basket Ball Court, a Boarding House, a Book Shop, a cafeteria, a Clinic, a Counseling Centre, a Dining Hall, a Football Park, a Gymnasium, an Interaction Square (Park), an Information and Communications Technology Centre, a Library, Science Laboratories for; Physics, chemistry and Biology, a Science Resource Centre, a Lecture Theatre, an Administration Block, Classroom Blocks for; Business, General Arts, General Science and Vocational Skills tuition and a volleyball court.

Halls of residence

There are four Halls of residence in all in Accra Academy, three of which are each named after one founding father of the school, with the exception of Dr. K.G Konuah, while the fourth Hall is named after Mrs. Ellen Buckle. The four Hall of Residence as thus named; Alema, Awuletey, Ellen, Halm Addo[2].

Clubs and societies

K.G Konuah Assembly Hall.

Students in Accra Academy are involved in extra curricula activities through their active membership in various school clubs and societies, among which are the;

  • Head of State Award Scheme
  • Students Representation Council - SRC
  • Pan-African Club
  • Scripture Union
  • Wild Life Club
  • Cadet Corp
  • Debaters Club
  • Rotary Club
  • Geography Club

Affiliations

Front View of Accra Academy, Bubuashie.

ACASMA refers to a non-governmental organization formed by the Accra Academy and the St. Marys Senior Secondary School. Prior to this collaboration, Accra Academy was affiliated to the Accra Girls Senior Secondary School while the St. Marys Senior Secondary School was affiliated to the St. Thomas Aquinas Senior Secondary School.

During the 1970’s, there is said to have been a nationwide teachers strike action. Some students in the Accra Academy who where capable of learning the school curricula on their own, offered lesson free of charge to their colleges in Accra Academy and St. Marys Senior Secondary School. The showcase of goodwill demonstrated by these students from Accra Academy immediately won the admiration of both staff and students of the St. Mary Senior Secondary School and resulted in the formation of Acasma.

Some tertiary outlets of ACASMA include; ACASMA University of Ghana, ACASMA University of Cape Coast, ACASMA Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

ACASMA SLOGAN: A Mark of Intellectual Friendship.

The Accra Academy High School Insignia

Accra Academy Insignia.
Object Significance
THE LION King of Beasts. Here it represents the Lion of Justice exemplifying poise and controlled power.
THE SUN Here it represents the brilliance of knowledge, dispersing ignorance and superstition
THE THREE CHAINS The union of three chains stands for the Pauline virtues of Faith, Hope and Love
THE PALM TREE The palm tree thrives where other trees can hardly stand. Here it represents Triumph over environmental handicaps
COCOA TREE A Symbol of Ghana's wealth. Here it symbolizes the proper use of wealth to sweeten the cares of life
ESSE QUAM VIDERI written in Latin translates “To be, rather than to seem” or in contemporary terms, honesty is the best policy

Notable Alumni

Accra Academy has produced many famous alumni. Some Notable Alumni include a Head of State; General Joseph Arthur Ankrah. Speakers of Parliament; Rt. Hon Daniel Francis Annan and Rt. Hon Peter Ala Adjetey. Chief Justices'; His Lordship Justice F. K. Apaloo. Supreme Court Judges; Justices G. C. Mills-Odoi, Justices G. Koranteng-Addo, Justice Vincent Cyril Richard Author Charles (V.C.R.A.C) Crabbe, Justices N. Y. B. Adade and Justices George Lamptey.Traditional Rulers; Nana Akuoko Sarpong and Neeyi Ghartey. Sportsmen and Sports Administrators; Mr. Adjin-Tetteh, Mr. J. K. Aduakwa, Mr.Ohene Djan, Mr.H .P Nyemitei, Mr. Jelicoe Quaye, Mr. E.J.C.Quaye, Mr.J.K. Quartey, Mr. Leo Myles Mills, Mr.Asamoah Gyan and Mr.Baffour Gyan. Public servants; Colonel Thompson, Dr. Bruce Konuah, Mr. Gilbert Boahene, Mr. Nathan Quao, Mr. Harry Dodoo, Mr. K. Richardson, Captain Attuquayefio. Physicians; Dr. William Godson Bruce-Konuah, Dr. Hutton Ayikwei Addy. Surgeons; Dr. Emmauel Quaye Arceampong. Ophthalmic; Prof. Cornelius Odarquaye. Medical Practitioners; Dr. Mustapha A. Ezzeddine, Dr. S. Gepi Attee,[3]

Lawyers; Nicholas Yaw Boafo Adade. Agriculturalist; Dr. David Kpakpoe Acquaye. Economists; Mr. Samuel Appah Donkor, Dr. Frank Baffoe, Nana Emmanuel Noi Omaboe. Statesmen; Dr.Ebenezer Ako Adjei, Mr. Samuel Odoi Sykes, Mr. Kwaku Boateng, Hon.Paul Boateng, Hon.Niyi bi Ayibonte. Clergy; the Rt. Rev. F.W.B Thompson, Rev. W.A. A. Okai, Bishop George Adjeiman. Military officers; Brigadier Utuka, Brigadier Crabbe, Colonel William Codjoe Omaboe Acquaye-Nortey. Media Personalities; Oko Dagadu, Atitsogbui, Mohammed Alhassan, Israel Laryea, Richardson Doe, James Maculley, Ben Ephson, Earl Ankrah, Kwateboi Owoo, Kwei Nii Amasah, Charles Benoni Okine, Ebenezer Okrah, Boahene Asamoah and Richard Akakpo Akwasi Sarpong. Bankers; Mr. Anane Yao, Mr.Joseph Kitson Clel and Mr. John Awulu Lartey. University Dons; Mr. K.E. Senanu, Mr. Oracca- Tetteh, Mr. Odoom, Mr Raymond Etornam Agbeame, Mr. Yaw Twumasi, Mr. Addo –Fenning, Mr. Emmanuel Quartey Papafio. Ghanaian scholars; Mr. Lebrecht Fifi Hesse, Dr. Kwaku Aning, Prof. Samuel Gyasi. Businessmen; Mr Ernest Kwaku Datey Ayeh [4]

References

  1. ^ Owoo, Kwateboi.A 75thAnniversay Feature, www.newtimesonline.com, 16-09-2006. Retrieved on 30-04-2008.
  2. ^ Owoo, Kwateboi."A 75th Anniversay Feature", www.newtimesonline.com, 16-09-2006. Retrieved on 30-04-2008.
  3. ^ Owoo, Kwateboi.A 75th Anniversay Feature, www.newtimesonline.com, 16-09-2006. Retrieved on 30-04-2008.
  4. ^ Kotey, Nikoi.Accra Aca Is Calling, www.ghanaweb.com, 01-01-2007. Retrieved on 30-04-2008.

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Accra Academy is one of the leading secondary schools in Ghana. The African Almanac voted Accra Academy as the 8th best senior high school in Africa and the best in Ghana. This was due to the fact that Accra Academy not only imparts academic knowledge but life skills that serve their students a lifetime. Accra Academy is arguably the best business school in West Africa. The founders were Dr. K. G. Konuah, G.N. Alema (BA, Oxon.), S.N. Awuletey (inter BA, Durham) and J.A. Halm-Addo. Accra Academy was officially opened on 20 July, 1931. The school started with a school population of 19 in forms one to three. These included A.K. Konuah (later Headmaster), C.S. Duah (later a member of the teaching staff), R.Q.E. Blankson (later Town Engineer, Accra Municipal Council) and F.G.Torto (later Professor of Chemistry at the University of Ghana, Legon.

On a gentle hill to the north as one enters Accra by the Winneba Road, a tall white tower beshadows the campus of Accra Academy.

The story of Accra Academy, however, goes back to Ankrah Lane in the slums of James-town, where about seventy years ago, Mrs Ellen Buckle let her large two storeyed house for use as a classrom block to accommodate the newly founded Accra Academy.

It was to satisfy the urgent need for a secondary school which would provide good tuition at a reasonable cost to children from less fortunate homes who have the aptitude but whose parents could not afford to send them to schools like Achimota, Mfantispim and Adisadel that the late K.G. Konuah (BA, Durham), the late G.N. Alema (BA, Oxon), the late S.N. Awuletey (inter BA, Durham) and the late J.A. Halm-Addo founded Accra Academy as a private edductional enterprise

Kofi George Konuah was born in Kumasi in 1904. He was educated at the Wesleyan Boys' High School, Freetown and Fourah Bay College where he graduated in 1928 as a Bachelor of Arts. He could conveniently have chosen to enter the legal profession which was more prestigious but heeded the timely advice of Dr. Aggrey to choose education. After a brief period in Achimota School, Dr. Konuah gathered others of similar mind to think and plan a pure African enterprise. These were James Akwei Halm-Addo, Dr. Konuah's mate at the Wesleyan Boy's High School, Gottfried Narku Alem and Samuel Neils Awuletey also graduates of Fourah Bay College.

After repair works had been completed on Ellen House and furniture procurred, Accra Academy was officially opened on 20th July, 1931. The school started with a student population of 19 distributes into forms one to three including A.K. Konuah (later Headmaster), C.S. Duah (later a member of the teaching staff), R.Q.E. Blankson (later Town Engineer, Accra Municipal Council) and F.G. Torto (later Professor of Chemistry at the University of Ghana, Legon).The original teaching staff comprised the four founders and two others who had just completed Mfantsipim School, the oldest school in Ghana. These were M.F. Dei-Anang and S.S. Sackey who for twenty years worked in the dual capacity of teacher and school Bursar.

The school offered a wide range of courses in Arts, Science and Business. Mr. S.N. Awuletey taught Shorthand and Book-keeping.Today, Accra Academy stands as one of the foremost institutions in the ocuntry firmly built on the foundation laid by S.N. Awuletey. Mr. W.K. Lutterodt set up the Science department and arranged practical lessons at Achimota School at weekends for his students while Mr. G.N. Alema taught Agricultural Science and held practical lessons on his farm. In December, 1932, the first batch of ten students were presented for the Junior Cambridge School Certificate Examination. Seven of these passed. In 1939, forty-five students were entered for the Senior Cambridge SChool Certificate Examination. Forty-two of these passes of whom ten obtained exemption form the London Matriculation Examination.

The impressive results recorded by the school soon caught the attention of the Department of ducation and in 1947, a recommendation was made to the Director of Education to place Accra Academy on the list of government assisted schools and from 1st January, 1950, Accra Academy became a government assisted secondary schoolrecorded by the school soon caught the attention of the Department of ducation and in 1947, a recommendation was made to the Director of Education to place Accra Academy on the list of government assisted schools and from 1st January, 1950, Accra Academy became a government assisted secondary school.After repair works had been completed on Ellen House and furniture procurred, Accra Academy was officially opened on 20th July, 1931. The school started with a student population of 19 distributes into forms one to three including A.K. Konuah (later Headmaster), C.S. Duah (later a member of the teaching staff), R.Q.E. Blankson (later Town Engineer, Accra Municipal Council) and F.G. Torto (later Professor of Chemistry at the University of Ghana, Legon).The original teaching staff comprised the four founders and two others who had just complete Mfantsipim School. These were M.F. Dei-Anang and S.S. Sackey who for twenty years worked in the dual capacity of teacher and school Bursar.

The school offtered a wide range of courses in Arts, Science and Business. Mr. S.N. Awuletey taught Shorthand and Book-keeping.Today, Accra Academy stands as one of the foremost institutions in the ocuntry firmly built on the foundation laid by S.N. Awuletey. Mr. W.K. Lutterodt set up the Science department and arranged practical lessons at Achimota School at weekends for his students while Mr. G.N. Alema taught Agricultural Science and held practical lessons on his farm. In December, 1932, the first batch of ten students were presented for the Junior Cambridge School Certificate Examination. Seven of these passed. In 1939, forty-five students were entered for the Senior Cambridge SChool Certificate Examination. Forty-two of these passes of whom ten obtained exemption form the London Matriculation Examination. The impressive results recorded by the school soon caught the attention of the Department of ducation and in 1947, a recommendation was made to the Director of Education to place Accra Academy on the list of government assisted schools and from 1st January, 1950, Accra Academy became a government assisted secondary school.

Even though the school started as a day school, accommodation was later on secured in Claremont House a storey building adjoining Ellen House to provide limited boarding facilities. Among those who benefitted from this facility was D.F. Annan the former Speaker of Parliament.

In the course of time the school began to work towards the acquisition of a plot of land for the erection of permanent building structures. Plots acquired at Kokomlemle and later Korle Gonno were given up because of protracted litigation and remoteness of site, respectively. In 1957, however, the school was offered a thirty-seven acre plot at Bubuashie, off Winneba Road by the C.P.P. government as a result of negotiations which Mr. J.A. Halm-Addo was very instrumental. The contract for the construction of permanent buildings on the new site was awarded to J. Monta & Sons in October, 1959. Actual work on the site began in December, 1959, and in July, 1961, - the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of the school- the contractor handed over the completed buildings to school authorities. In September of that year, staff and students moved to the present site. the new buildings were officially opened later in February, 1962, by Mr. A.J. Dowuona-Hammond, then Minister of Education. A dormitory block to provide boarding facilities was completed in 1966.

By 1965, the student enrolment had risen to nearly 600, one third of whom continued to be day students. Due to its exceptional academic attainments, a Sixth Form department was added to help the products of the school who qualify to gain ready admission into this sector. The courses offered initially were the Arts and Sciences. Fifteen Arts students and eight Science students were offered admission for the 1961/62 academic year.

Business Education was incorporated into Sixth Form studies in the school in Septembet, 1970.The fiftieth year 1981 of Accra Academy outdoored a full fledged second cycle institution with a student population of 900. Staff establishment was 52.

The period also recorded laudable attainments in sports. As early as 1934, the school appointed a sports master to run the students sporting activities licke soccer, athletics, and hockey. Inadequate sporting facilities did no deter the sportsmen. The made their mark on the national sports map. The school won the Aggrey Shield together with seven other enviable trophies in the annual inter-college athletics competition in 1950. It was from this competition that the slogan "Accra Aca, Bleoo" came into being. Some of the outstanding national athletes produced by the school are: Mr. Adjin-Tettey,ex-senior Athletics coach of the National Sports Council, Mr. Kofi Aryeetey, also of the National Sports Council, Mr. J.K. Aduakwa, coach, University of Ghana; Mr. Alex Asiedu, Director, Sports College, Winneba; Mr. Ohene Djan, Director of Sports (C.O.S.) during the First Republic; Mr. E.J.C. Quaye and Mr. H.P. Nyemitei, nationally acclaimed sportsmen were also oldboys who contributed immensely to sports in Ghana.


The school has the most active Student Representative Council in Ghana devoid of the normal prefectorial body which is actively participates in administrative activities. The Accra Academy SRC has helped other schools like St Mary Snr High School to establish a SRC body which advocates student rights and ensures that school authorities pass legislations that are student friendly.

Famous Alumni

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