Opoku Ware Senior High School is an all boys boarding school located at Santasi in the Greater Kumasi region of Ghana.
The school was named after the famous Asante chief Nana Otumfour Opoku Ware I.
Opoku Ware SHS was established on 28th February 1952. The school started with only 60 young boys who met at the forecourt of St. Peters Cathedral in Kumasi within the hours of 9 am to 12 pm.
In Opoku Ware, there six different courses that make up National curriculum. They are English language, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, RME, ICT and PE.
Aside these courses, there are four elective programmes. They include General Science, Business, General Arts and Visual Arts.
During the early 1900s, one had to travel across the Pra river for proper educational access. In the early 1950s, secondary school education was the pride of only a few privilege students.
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This compelled the Catholic missionary to establish a government senior high school in the Ashanti region. In light of this, the first boys Catholic SHS was established in 1952.
Alumni of the school are widely known by the title “Akatakyie” which is an Asante word that means “Conquering Heroes”.
After the Catholics took a decision to build the senior high school on 31 January 1951, the government of Ghana was mandated to provide all the funds needed for the establishment of the school.
Currently, the school can boast of a student population of over 4000 students, 200 staff members and state of arts educational facilities.
The facilities include 6 science laboratories, ten dormitories, over 80 classrooms, a dinning hall and three well-furnished libraries.
The official colors of OWASS are blue and yellow. Opoku Ware has won the National Science and Math Quiz competition on two occasions, in 1997 and 2002.