A BRIEF HISTORY
The Governor of the Gold Coast from 1919 – 1929, Sir Gordon Guggisberg was the founder of the school. He believed that the Gold Coast needed a school of which the standard could be compared to any international high school. It was to be a model school designed to produce the intelligential of the country that would be drawn from across the length and breadth of the country.
In the contents of its curricula, Achimota sought to turn out a total product, a complete person whom, upon passing through the school would be academically and intellectually prepared with practical hands on skills and a sound moral ethical training and a deep sense of African values.
Guggisberg himself is a surveyor acquired the land in 1923 and paid for it outright at the cost of Four thousand pounds (£4,000).
Construction of the building started in 1924. The school was officially opened in January 1927 by the admission of sixty children to lower primary classes. A year later, the students of the government training college, Accra, were transferred to the college and in 1929 the first upper primary and secondary section were also opened.
The estate has a circumference of over a thousand and nine hundred yards. H.R.H. the Prince of Wales opened the first buildings and both the school and college bear his name. The Prince of Wales College:
The first Principal was Rev. A.G Fraser and the first Vice Principal was Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey toured the country and explained the usefulness of the system to the general public convincing them to send their children to Achimota. Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey, the first Vice Principal acted as the interpreter. To show the example Nana Sir Ofori Atta I, King of Akyem Abuakwa sent his daughter to Achimota – Susan Ofori –Atta – Girls Senior Prefect 1933 and she became the 1st Lady Medical Doctor in Ghana. .
The school was founded on Christian principles. We refer to the Governor, Sir Gordon Guggisberg, the first Principal Rev. A.G. Fraser and the First vice Principal Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey as the triumvirate or Founders of the school. The school therefore celebrates its Founders’ Day on the first Saturday of March every year.
Status of the Institution
The school is mainly a boarding institution with some few day students. There are fourteen (14) boarding houses equally distributed among the boys and girls.
The school uses the following telephone lines:
Headmistress - 030-2400552
Assistant Headmistress - 030-2400551
Bursar - 030-2400554
Principals of Achimota College
Rev. A.G. Fraser - 1924 – 35
Rev. H.M. Grace - 1935 – 39
Rev. R.W. Stopford - 1941 – 45
Headmasters/mistress of Achimota School
H.C. Neil - 1946 –49
R.G. Rendall - 1949 – 53
A.W.E. Winlaw - 1954 – 59
D.A. Chapman - 1959 – 63
I.K. Chinebuah - 1963 – 65
A.P. Rudwick - 1965 – 77
Rev. Canon Ankrah - 1977 - 81
A.A. Dadey - 1982 – 85
R.W. Asiedu - 1985 – 95
C. Brew-Graves (Mrs) - 1995 – 2002
Adelaide D. Kwami (Mrs) - 2003-2006