Former Heads of State and the High Schools they Attended, Achimota School Tops All

Students usually brag about their High Schools by naming prominent alumni. That makes it a big deal if a school has a President for an alumnus. Kuulpeeps has compiled a list of all leaders of Ghana and the High Schools they attended. Achimota School tops the list with four leaders, followed by Accra Academy with two.

This is the full list of former leaders and the High Schools they attended.

Kwame Nkrumah

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The first President of Ghana was in office for 5 years, 240 days; between 1 July 1960 – 24 February 1966. He attended Government Training College (soon to become Achimota School) and graduated in 1930.

Lt. General Joseph A. Ankrah

He was President of Ghana from 24 February 1966 to 2 April 1969. In 1932, he entered Accra Academy, where he was a part of the school’s football team

Brigadier Akwasi Afrifa

He was Ghana’s third Head of State and he ruled between 2 April 1969 and 7 August 1970. He had his secondary education at Adisadel College at Cape Coast in the Central Region between 1952 and 1957, during which he was expelled.

Nii Amaa Ollennu
He was President between 7 August 1970 – 31 August 1970. He attended Accra Academy

Edward Akufo-Addo

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He was the 5th Head of State and ruled between 31 August 1970 – 13 January 1972. He went to Achimota College in 1929

General I.K. Acheampong

The General was in St Peter’s school at Kumasi and also attended Central College of Commerce at Agona swedru in the Central region of Ghana. He was the leader between 13 January 1972 and 5 July 1978.

Lt. Gen. Fred Akuffo

He was the 5th Head of State and ruled between 5 July 1978 and 4 June 1979. He completed his secondary education at the Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School in 1955 at Odumase Krobo

Jerry John Rawlings

He was President between 7 January 1993 and 7 January 2001. Rawlings attended Achimota School.

John Kufuor


He was President between 7 January 2001 and 7 January 2009. He went to Osei Tutu Boys college (1951–53) and Prempeh College (1954–58).

Prof J.E Mills

He went to Achimota School for his secondary education, where he completed the Ordinary and Advanced-Level Certificates in 1961 and 1963 respectively.



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