Samira Bawumia, 2nd Lady Of The Republic Of Ghana
The school was founded by the late Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, President of the First Republic of Ghana as a special gesture of appreciation to the people of Saltpond for the part the town played in the political history of the country. His aim was to empower girls in the area and in addition establish a Polytechnic for girls.
A group of prominent persons were selected to choose the site for the School, and this team were made up as follows: Mr. Kojo Botsio, Minister of Education, Mr. Kofi Baako, Member of Parliament of Saltpond, Mr. George Padmore, West Indian Pan-Africanist, Dr. Hastins Banda, President of the Republic of Malawi, and Mr. S.E. Arthur, Member of the School Board of Governors. The area where the school is established used to be called Kuntupow.
Constructional work of the school thus began in 1958 on a land size measuring 430.10 acres. Part of the first phase consisted of the Administration Block, Classroom Block, Science Block, Dining Hall, one teacher’s bungalow and the headmistress’s bungalow were completed in September 1960.
On 23 September 1960, students were selected through the late Entrance Examination and interviews, and on 30 September 1960, the school was made one of the Ghana Education Trust (GET) schools, and opened its gates to its first students comprising of a batch of seventy (70) and four (4) teachers including the Headmistress.
The first two dormitory blocks Chinery and Butler Houses(named respectively after the Headmistress and the Assistant Headmistress at the time – a tradition that was continued by their predecessors) were completed in 1961, and the students moved from their temporary top Classroom Block dormitories to take up occupancy. There were 140 students at the time.
The school uniform was green in colour but was later changed to the mauve used up until now.
However the spouse of the Vice President of the 4th Republic of Ghana, Samira Bawumia, Nadia Buari, Eazzy and many other celebrities and famous personalities are old students.
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