Prempeh College has a rich and storied history of providing quality education in Ghana. Over the years, our school has evolved and grown, adapting to the changing needs of students and embracing innovative teaching methods. Today, we proudly continue the legacy of academic excellence, nurturing young minds and preparing them for a successful future. Here comes our history!

The Beginning

70+

Years of history and education

In the early 1940s, the British Colonial Government invited the Presbyterian and Methodist Churches, which had already established institutions such as Wesley Girls High School and the Presbyterian Boys Secondary school in Krobo Odumase based on their experience, to help set up a school in the middle belt of Ghana to serve the northern sector of the country. Although there were some delays due to the second world war, in 1948 Prempeh College was designed by renowned British modernist Architect Maxwell Fry and his wife Jane Drew.

Jane Drew with her husband Maxwell Fry in 1984. Compared to other works by Jane Drew in Ashanti region, Prempeh College campus was designed to incorporate modernist refinements as described by Lain Jackson and Jessica Holland in their book titled “The Architecture of Edwin Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew: Twentieth Century Pioneer Modernism and the tropics. According to the Ashanti Pioneer Newspaper, the opening ceremony of Prempeh College was held on the 5th of February 1949. Major C. O.Butler, the chief commissioner of Ashanti gave the following address at the ceremony-

There is a great and growing need for training men to take up posts of responsibility not just as clerks in offices but in Agricultural Education, Mining, Forestry, Architecture, Engineering and Building in the many other technical posts on the fulling of which by Africans the future development of Ashanti and the Gold Coast as a whole largely depends … We British from overseas are here to help you ultimately to administer the country yourselves … until you yourselves can provide the agriculturalists, engineers, the technicians and the tradesmen who can develop the natural resources

of your country.  In summary the college was expected to produce scientists and technocrats who could play vital roles in the economy of the Gold Coast.At the same opening ceremony, Prempeh II outlined his expectation for Prempeh College: ‘the hope that the students of the College would shine not only in the intellectual field but also in the moral firmament’.

This is our story.

Osei Tutu Agyeman-Prempeh II
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