Gambia Senior Secondary School

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The Gambia Senior Secondary School is a school in Box Bar Road, Banjul, Gambia, founded by Wesleyan missionaries, it has educated two leaders of Gambia.

History[edit]

The school was founded in 1876 in Dobson Street, Banjul, by Wesleyan missionaries; in 1898 it re-opened as the Methodist Boys' High School and in 1915 the associated Girls High School was opened.[1]

The girls' and boys' high schools were merged in 1959 to create the Gambia High School and the location moved to Box Bar Road.[1] Philip Beale was the principal from 1961 to 1966.[2] While there he jointly organised an archaeological expedition with pupils from the school to examine the Senegambian stone circles;[3] in 1994, the name changed again to the Gambia Senior Secondary School.[1]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Fatim Badjie, Minister of Communications, Information and Information Technology and Minister of Health and Social Welfare, youngest person ever appointed to the Gambian Cabinet.[4]
  • Yahya Jammeh, leader of the Gambia from 1994 to 2017.[5]
  • Dawda Jawara, prime minister of Gambia from 1962 to 1970.[6]

Principals[edit]

1876 to 1958[edit]

  • 1876–1878 Rev. J. Fieldhouse
  • 1878–1879 Rev. J. Heslam
  • 1879–1884 C.R. Cross
  • 1885–1889 J. Gilbert
  • 1889–2900 G.P. Wilhelm
  • 1901–1904 Circuits Ministers
  • 1904–1907 W. T. Cole
  • 1907–1909 Rev. C. Leopold
  • 1909–1911 A.N. Walker
  • 1912–1913 F. Dean
  • 1913–1920 Rev. L.L. Leopold
  • 1921–1922 W.E. Hoare
  • 1922–1928 Rev. F.F. Morton
  • 1929–1931 H.E.E. Burne
  • 1932–1952 J.J. Baker
  • 1953–1958 R.P. Pye

Girls High School[edit]

  • 1915–1917 Mrs. P.S Toye
  • 1922–1927 Miss L.E Morton
  • 1928–1929 Miss C.E. Mason
  • 1929–1936 Miss. R.M. Little
  • 1937–1938 Miss. A.I. Spencer
  • 1939–1956 Miss. N. Spencer
  • 1957–1958 Miss. V. Vodlcy

Gambia High School[edit]

  • 1959–1961 J.S. Sergeants
  • 1961–1966 P.E. Beale
  • 1966–1974 E.F. Foss
  • 1974–1976 J.J. Ndow
  • 1976–1978 H.I. Jagne
  • 1978–1980 R.D. Somers
  • 1980–1986 H.I. Jagne
  • 1986–1989 Mrs. D.E.S. Carrol
  • 1989–1994 Mrs. Satang Jaw
  • 1994–2005 Rev. W.E.E. Carr
  • 2005 - date Lamin M.B. Jaiteh

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gambia Senior Secondary School, Banjul. accessgambia.com Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  2. ^ History. Gambia Senior Secondary School, 2007. Archived at archive.is Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Stone circles in The Gambia, West Africa". by Philip Beale, Magdalene Matters, No. 38 (Nov. 2013), pp. 10-11.
  4. ^ Arnold Hughes; David Perfect (11 September 2008). Historical Dictionary of The Gambia. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-6260-9. 
  5. ^ Luttich, Holger. (2010). The Gambia and its president on the road to a prospering future. Bangalore: Winterbloom Publications. p. 42. ISBN 978-81-910977-9-5. 
  6. ^ Saine, Abdoulaye. (2012). Culture and customs of Gambia. Santa Barbara: Greenwood. p. 18. ISBN 978-0-313-35910-1. 

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