Ghana Senior High, Tamale

Gender: Mixed

Housing status: Day and boarding

Telephone: 024 494 9102

District: Tamale Metropolitan

Year of Establishment; 1960

Ghana Senior High School (Ghanasco) is a co-educational second-cycle institution located in Tamale, Northern Region of Ghana.


To be an institution of academic and moral excellence
in the Region.


To provide formal education to qualified school
leavers, admit BECE leavers and ensure they acquire
the requisite qualifications for further training in
tertiary institution to be productive by promoting
socio-economic development by assisting to reduce


Ghana College was the initial name of Ghanasco. The Ghanaian government, led by Kwame Nkrumah, founded the school in 1960 as one of the Ghana Education Trust Schools. It has over 2,800 students enrolled. After Tamale Senior High School (Tamasco), it is the second-biggest school in the north. Kenneth Luther Purser, a Jamaican, was the school’s first headmaster. The first senior prefect was Master Abu Kassim Tahidu of Kwame Danso in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana.



The school has produced a number of prominent men some of whom are now serving in various capacities both within and outside the country.

Some of these include H. E. Mr. John Mahama (1976) – the current Vice President of Ghana, Mr. Alhassan Andani (1978) – M.D. Stanbic Bank (Ghana), Hon. Moses Asaga (1976) – M.P. Talensi / Nabdam U/E, Dr. Habib Mahama (1987) – Lecturer, Australia, Mr. Kwame Ayew – Former Football Player (Black Star), Ms. Felicia Tampuri (1975) –Branch Manageress, Stan Chat, Takoradi, to name but a few.

Launching of Rocket

One outstanding history made by Ghana Senior High School, then Ghana College, was the rocket that was launched forty (40) years ago by Mr. Lalaji, an India Mathematician, and his Science Students. Mr. Lalaji, who was the brainchild behind the making of the rocket, together with his students, made the first launching on the 22nd of June,1970 between 8:00 am and 10:00 am in honor of Mr. William Ofori-Atta, the then Minister of Education.

For the purpose of Television (T. V.) coverage, the rocket was launched for the second time on the 28th of June 1970. On the 29th of June, 1970 by 4:00 a.m., the Minister of Education, the Regional Chief Executive, the Regional Education Officer, and many invited guests were in the school to witness the launching of the rocket for the third time. It is interesting to note that the rocket landed on the same spot any time it was launched.  All these launches were done by simply pressing a button. On 1st July 1970, the launching of the rocket was shown on the national T. V. as part of the evening news at 7: 00 pm. The portrayal of the rocket had become the symbol on the school’s crest as shown on page 26.

(ii) Location of Ghana Senior High School

Ghana Senior High, Tamale is located at the eastern corridor of Tamale Metropolis, off the Yendi-Salaga road. It is about 300 metres away from Tamale Teaching Hospital. It is boarded to the north by the Kukuo Community on whose land the school is situated and to the south by the Dabokpaa Community. The school is also flanked by Vitting Senior High School, Tamale and Presbyterian Senior High School, Tamale, to the east and west, respectively.

STATUS:  The available accommodations are: Boarding and Day


1960 – 1964 Mr. Kenneth L. Purser
1964 – 1967 Mr. B. O. Ayittey
1967 – 1969 Mr. A. F. Clayton
SEPT.1969 – 1970 Mr. W. A. Ofori
1970 – 1973 Mr. Adu
1973 – 1981 Alhaji B. A. Fuseini
1981 – 1982 Mr. Mahama Adam (Ag)
1982 – 1983 Mr. S. M. Amankwa
1983 – 1986 Mr. Mahama Adam (Ag)
1986 – 1988 Mr. L. M. Awuni (Ag)
1988 – 1990 Mr. E. K. Kudiabor
1990 – 1991 Mr. A. A. Daramanu
1991 – 1998 Mr. Bolina Saaka
1998 – 2001 Alhaji Amadu Belko
FEB. 2001 – OCT. 2001 Mrs. Mary Asobayire Dan – Braimah (Ag)
OCT.2001 – 2004 Alhaji Mahamadu Saani Abdul- Rahman
2004 – 2005 Mr. J. B. Dakorah
2005 – 2008 Alhaji T. A. Mahama
2008 – DATE Mrs. Mary Asobayire Dan – Braimah



  • No. of Students (SHS 1): 1245
  • No. of Students (SHS 2): 1256
  • No. of Students (SHS 3): 802


  • 38 Classrooms
  • 3 Science Labs
  • Library, Home
  • Economics Lab.

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