In the 1962, Torgbui. Kwaku Amenyodu I, known in private life as Mr.
Raphael Addoayi-Dowetin, decided to establish a private school because
there were several children who roamed aimlessly in the streets of
Kaneshie and Bubiashie. Their excuse was that such children could not
find places in the few schools in the area. Torgbui Kwaku Amenyodu I,
who was then a civil servant at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation,
asked permission form his employers to start a private school in an
attempt to rectify the situation.
When permission was
granted, Torgbui established the school under a mango tree at a place
called, “Control Market” at Bubiashie. He had 12 children, and
teachers were employed to teach them English and French. The school
was named “DATUS” Preparatory School.
Earlier in 1959,
Torgbui Kwaku Amenyodu I, had acquired land at Bubiashie near the
Cable and Wireless Station. When the original home at the Control
Market could no longer accommodate the rapid growing population, the
school moved to this acquired plot in 1965. It was up to primary
three only. In 1966 the Upper Primary Department i.e. Classes 4 to 6
started at Abbosey Okine near the Obetesbi Lamptey Circle.
Work on permanent
buildings at Bubiashie started around 1974. An edifice, a four-storey
building, as the Bubiashie branch of the Complex, was officially
opened on 2nd August 1975.
After 1975, Class
6, the last upper primary group, left Abossey Okai thus making way for
the Commercial School, which had started earlier in 1972, to occupy
all the classrooms. This is Datus Business Institute which was moved
to Bubiashie in order that a computer school could be built at the
In 1970, when the school at Bubiashie had been firmly established,
Torgbui Kwaku Amenyodu I decided to move outside Accra, and the choice
was Community Seven (7) at Tema, where he acquired land from Tema
Development Corporation (T.D.C.) and started with serious
development. Here, the school started with seventeen (17) pupils and
(2) teachers. This endeavour was not without impediments, hurdles and
difficulties but the school continued to grow form strength to
strength. In less than two years, a storey building comprising
twenty-four (24) classroom, (2) two offices and toilets were put up.This was in addition to the semi-permanent structures, which had
already been erected. Later, the administration block was built,
followed by the staff quarters, which completed the school projects at
Tema in 1972.
The desire to
provide more educational facilities was not satisfied after Tema. The
management, headed by Torgbui Amenyodu I, quickly thought of helping
the Dansoman Communities. They humbly approached the State Housing
Corporation for a piece of land at Dansoman in 1975.When the request
was granted the development of the plot of land was done in no time.
The Dansoman branch of the school is accommodated in 30 permanent and
6 semi-permanent classrooms.
Datus Day Secondary
School ,Tema, now a senior secondary school, was started in 1984.
Hitherto, this wing of the Complex had been on the same compound with
the Primary Section.
After the founder
passed away in 1994, management stood up to uphold the vision and the
task of maintaining the good work already started by Torgbui.
Management sailed through thick and thin to improve upon the
structures and facilities of the schools. With the introduction of
information technology into the system, management commissioned
computer labs in all the branches, in addition swimming pools were
provided, kitchens were refurbished and re-equipped with modern
equipments; and compounds were landscaped where feasible to make room
for playing and leisure lawns
As the years
passed, the need to establish a branch in the Central region,
specifically Kasoa was met. A forth branch of Datus was commissioned
in September, 1998, and has grown very fast to compete with the other
branches and sister schools around her.
In consonance with
the belief that “There is more beyond”, management is committed to
satisfy educational changes through innovations and reforms from time
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