Ofori Panin Senior High School (OPASS) is a coeducational second cycle institution in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Ofori Panin School (formerly Tafo-Kukurantumi Senior High school,
now nicknamed OPASS), is a co-educational boarding school located at Tafo in Akyem, Eastern Region, Ghana. The school was founded in 1961 by Kwame Nkrumah. The foundation stone of the building was laid on 19 May 1962 by Hon. Kofi Asante Ofori Attah, M.P. for Akim Abuakwa and Minister of Justice at that time. An alumnus/alumna of Ofori Panin is known as an “Opassian”.
The motto of the school is “Dwen Na Som” meaning “Think and serve”, a reference to the founders’ expressed philosophy that starting in the context of school life, male and female, everyone should serve with a thoughtful mind and be ready and willing to serve yourself, your school, family, nation and the world at large.The School Crest was designed using the leopard and other item.The leopard signifies strength and intelligence,a torch, which shows light and brightness on the path to victory,a Cutlass that represents the farming community of Akim Abuakwa,a tree signifying the rainforest of Akyem Abuakwa which provides fertile land for the production of timber and cocoa, the backbone of Ghana’s economy.
P. O. Box 11
Tafo, Ghana 00233
Coordinates 05°37′38″N 00°12′49″W
School type High School Co-educational Boarding / Residential
Motto Dwen na Som
(Think and Serve)
Religious affiliation(s) Non-denominational Christian
Established 22 September 1961
Founder Kwame Nkrumah
School board Board of Governors
School district East Akim Municipal District
Oversight Ghana Education Service
Authorizer Ministry of Education
Chairperson Prince Kofi Amoabeng, Chairperson of Board of Governors
Headteacher Mr John Biantey
Chaplain Rev. Emmanuel Otu.
Grades Forms 1–3 (10th – 12th grades)
Gender Co-ed (Boys/Girls)
Age range 14 to 18 years
Enrollment c. 2000
Education system Senior High School
Classes offered Visual Arts, Home Economics, Science, General Arts
Campus Ofori Panin School
Campus type Residential garden-style Setting
School colour(s) Blue and White
Song OPASS, OUR ALMA MATER
Alumni OPASS Alumni Association
The School was established on 22 September 1961 by Ghana’s first President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
Principals and heads
Name Tenure of office
Mr. K. Adwedaa, B. Sc. 1961–1963
Mr. S. T. Ampofo, B. A. (Hons) 1963–1976
Mr. E. Twum-Danso, B.A. Legon (Acting) 1976–1977
Mr. G. A. Gyimah, B.A. Legon 1977–1991
Mr. K. Amo-Dako, B.A. Ed. 1991–2003
Mr. K. Kyei-Brobbey, B Sc. (Hons) Dip (Agric), Dip. Ed. 2003–2012
Rev. Kent Badu 2012–2014
Dr. Edmund K. Fianu Dip. ED., BA(Hons), M.A DT. 2014–2017
Mr. John Biantey 2018-
Desmond Omane Acheampong (Ph.D) (Head of Department, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Cape Coast.)
Professor Philip Duku Osei — Deputy Rector of Ghana Institute of Management and Public Adminsitration (GIMPA).
Vera Afriyie — (Great programmer at codepen.io studied at VSUET in Russia.)
Dorothy Yeboah-Manu — Microbiologist and Professor at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research at the University of Ghana.
Dr. (Mrs.) Beatrice Wiafe Addai.MD.PhD. Chief Executive Officer Founder and Medical Director of the. Peace and Love Hospitals.
Atsrim Sitsofe Philip — (Guest writer at Goal.com , TV journalist at GTV sport + , writer at LastWordOnSports.com ,Yfm)
Patrick Osei Agyeman alias Countryman Songo — Host of popularly radio and tv programme Fire for fire
Kwadwo Ampofo alias DJ Black
Ebenezer Kofi Amanor alias Xbills Ebenezer
Nana Adusei Peasah IV, Tafohene
Professor Kwaku Danso-Boafo (former Minister of Health)
Hon. E.M. Akita (Former Deputy Minister of Defence)
Professor E. Apori (Principal, Takoradi Polytechnic)
Mr. Abu Boateng (Pharmacist)
Mr. K.O. Adu Labi (Bank of Ghana)
Mr. K.N. Osei (Legal Practitioner)
Mr. N. Osei Appiah (Regional Director, B.N. I.)
Dr. Kwame Asamoah (Medical Practitioner)
Dr. Kwasi Ofori Frimpong (Soil Scientist)
Dr. Foster Amoah Dako (Medical Practitioner)
Mr. Smart Yeboah Duah (Private Enterprises Foundation)
Mr. K. Kissah-Korsah (Lecturer, U.C.C.)
Dr. Maxwell Asante (BSc. PhD. MRCP Consultant Physician & Gastroenterologist, Bromley, Hospital, London.
Mr. Emmanuel Dei-Tumi — Award Winning Motivational Speaker