Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ Senior High School

History Of The School

Yaa Asantewaa Girls Senior High School is one of the few Girls’ Secondary Schools in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

The school was established in Kumasi in 1959 as part of the rapid Education expansion project pioneered by Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first Ghanaian president after the independence of the country.

It had an initial population of seventy (70) girls and the first headmistress was Mrs Gloria Aryee. The School capacity grew to 300 by the late 60s and approximately 500 in the 70s and kept growing over the past decades. Since then the school has grown to its present size of about two thousand and four hundred (2,400) girls.

The School has had a succession of 7 Head Mistresses and the current Head Mistress is

Ms. A. Eshun-Famiyeh. Much of the success and discipline can be attributed to Madam Tetteh, the third Headmistress (1962 – 1978) of the School. Her foresight, strictness and commitment turned the girls to respectable and disciplined women to this day. Her phrase “I’m teaching you girls to be good housewives” will forever go down to the School’s history. However, in 1978, the students rebelled against her and demanded that the Schools’ priority should also be focused on first class education coupled with the discipline.

From its humble beginnings, the School has come a long way to take its rightful but long-overdue place, as one of the best institutions in Ghana. The school has recorded consistently excellent results in the final exams and the good work will carry on for years to come.

Eventually the School achieved its Sixth Form status and has since continue its progression. For over the last decades, the School has turned out thousands of educated and well-formed women holding responsible positions in governments, global organisations, education, hospitals fields and business circles (as in doctors, lawyers, journalists, nurses, entrepreneurs, teachers, etc.), as well as a Dame in UK and of course excellent housewives, the famous phrase of Mrs Tetteh. The School is expanding and no effort should be spared to continue the good work.

It has now become necessary to expand the infrastructure of the School with a student population now at about, 2,400. Overcrowding is a common sight and students are at risk, exposed to frequent illness.

Presently about a third of the land area has been developed. At present the Yaa Asantewaa Alma Mater in UK, USA and Ghana are continuing to support the School.

Name Headmistresses
  • Mrs Blanch Gibson – 1960 – 1961
  • Mrs Gloria Aryee – 1961 – 1962
  • Mrs M. M. S. Tetteh – 1962 – 1978
  • Mrs Constance Murray – 1979 – 1986
  • Mrs Mary B. Ansong – 1987 – 2005
  • Mrs E. Malik-Jabir – 2005 – 2016
  • Ms. A. Eshun-Famiyeh – 2016 – date
Name of current Headmistress:   – Asuande Eshun Famiyeh (Ms)
  • An Old Girl? – No
Email Address: info@yagshs.edu.gh
Website: yagshs.edu.gh
Phone: +233322050016
  • National Best Farmer, 2nd Cycle Schools (2012)
  • First National Best School, Ashanti Region (2015)
  • 40th Independence Day Award, Most Disciplined School During March Past
  • Winners of Ashanti Regional Writers, Drama, Debaters Club (2015)
  • Winners of Asante Congress Inter-Schools Quiz
  • Several Times Winners of Independence Day Coral Competition
  • National Sprite Basketball Champions (2011)
  • National Citizens international Hockey Champions (2015)
Programmes Offered: General Science, General Arts, Visual Arts, Home Economics, Business
Number of current students: 2,450
Needs of the school
  • Electronic Library, to be furnish with;
    Two female librarians
  • Furniture – mono desks for classrooms
  • Classroom block
  • Staff Bungalows
  • Rehabilitation of:
    Staff Bungalows
    Administration Block


The school was named after the legendary Queen Mother of Ejisu, Nana Yaa Asantewaa, in the Ashanti region of Ghana. She was the great historical revolutionary heroine who led war againist the British in the year 1900.

She may not have won the war physically but her courage, pride, spirit and vision continue to inspire all Ghanaians and every woman from centuries to this modern day in Ghana.

The school has a total land area of 168.3 acres. The then King of Ashanti, Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu Agyeman Prempeh II consulted some of the chiefs in the area where the school would be located to give land for the institution.

These chiefs are
  • The Abenyasehene (formerly Afari)
  • Toprehene
  • Tiprihene

Consequently, the chiefs released a total land area of about 168.3 acres to the government. The foundation stone was laid on behalf of the His Excellency

Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, founder of the Ghana Educational Trust by

Hon. Kofi Baako, the then Minister for Education and Information on 20th September 1959.

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Fundraising 2018

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Fundraising event held at The Tower (Guoman) Hotel, London Bridge, London E1W 1LD, on Saturday 7th July 2018 (more…)