Tubman High Turns 50

Tubman High Alumnae, Mrs. Comfort Keah-Itoka (left) and Madam Hawa Goll-Kotchi

One of Liberia’s outstanding academic institutions, the William V.S. Tubman High School on 12th Street in Sinkor, turns 50 on Thursday, November 29, 2018.

As part of activities marking the anniversary, Hawah Goll-Kotchi, Comfort Keah Itoka and Juanita Traub-Bropleh, all alumni, yesterday announced that Thursday’s event will go down in history for its separate and monumental accomplishments set to shake up Monrovia and its environs.

“Opened in 1968, Tubman High was the largest high school in West Africa for a long time with records of academic excellence, discipline, taking center stage in the sub-region,” Hawa Goll-Kotchi told the Daily Observer.

Goll-Kotchi served as Deputy Minister of Education during the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration.

She boasted of her Alma matter being an institution whose values have, and continue to impact the Liberian society and beyond.

“During our days at Tubman High, we had state-of-the-art materials on campus that allowed us access to good learning. We participated in several competitions, including academic challenges, cultural troupe performances. In fact, we were the best because we won almost everything each time we participated,” she said.

Mrs. Comfort Keah-Itoka said she traveled from the United States to represent the school’s alumni association in the events marking the 50th anniversary.

“The president of Tubman High alumni association in the U.S., Washington Doe, and I have come to celebrate along with our colleagues. We are proud Cardinals, and remain so for life,” Mrs. Itoka said.

She said the U.S. Chapter of the association has proven its commitment to the school by providing pipe borne water as well as presented different kinds of instructional materials, including books and learning aids of various categories.

She said she and her colleagues in the U.S. paid the fees for students to write the annual tests administered by the National Office of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) at some point in time before President George Weah committed government’s finances to pay the fees.

“From October 6-9, 2018, we celebrated the same event in Massachusetts, and the memories of the good times are with us. Now is the time for Liberia, our common denominator,” she said.

On the calendar of events leading to the anniversary, Madam Hawa Goll-Kotchi announced that a thanksgiving service was held on Friday, November 23 at a Mosque in Sinkor, Monrovia, while a general cleaning up campaign took place on the 12th Street campus on Saturday, November 24.

She added that on Sunday, November 25, another thanksgiving service was held at a Church in Congo Town as a means of inviting the presence of God in all that they have done, and will continue to do for the school.

Goll-Kotchi said on November 29, there will be a grand parade for all alumni and faculty staff from Central Monrovia to the school’s campus in Sinkor, where an indoor program will be held. She said the dress code will be T-shirts printed and authorized by the alumni association’s leadership.

Other activities will include hosting sports of several kinds that will be played to be climaxed by a fundraising dinner at the Monrovia City Hall later on the evening.

Tickets for the dinner are: US$100 for patrons, US$50 for sponsor, while ordinary persons will pay US$10.

William V.S. Tubman High School is the first and biggest of the three government-owned senior high schools under the Monrovia Consolidated School System. It was named after Liberia’s 18th President, William V.S. Tubman, who served for 27 years. His birthday falls on November 29 each year and is celebrated as a national holiday throughout the country.


  1. Congratulations WVS Tubman High on this 50th anniversary. We were the “TRAILBLAZERS” – the name of our Year Book in 1968. I was then the President of the Student Council and Dr. Konia Kollehlon was the Editor of that first and only Year Book of WVST high. Our entire team worked so hard to accomplish that task. Yes, Tubman High was a great melting-pot and an intellectual power house.
    Happy, happy anniversary WVS Tubman High and fellow “TRAILBLAZERS.”

    James Thomas-Queh

  2. CONGRATULATIONS TRAILBLAZERS, on the 50ty Anniversary of our great Alma Mater Wm V.S. Tubman High School !!! My goodness, do you mean to tell me that it has been fifty years since we first Trailblazers graduated from High School?? Where did these years go?? No matter how many years go by, we will always have great memory of our year(s) at Tubman High!! Tubman High was great in just about every noteworthy activity. Our brain trusts: IJOMA ROBERT FLEMISTER, MARVIS COOPER, AND RODERICK N.LEWIS, were National champion of The Meet the Challenge Academic TV Contest. I still have fond memories of our dynamic first President of the Student Council, Dr. James Thomas-Queh, Chairlady of the Yearbook Staff, Esther L. Martin, James Supuwood, now an eminent lawyer in Liberia, our most dynamic Vice Principal for Students Affairs, Mrs. Rose Mendscole-Kingg, as well as the Vice Principal for Instruction, Mrs. Hazel B. Williamson, and many, many more. Hawa Goll Kotchi, do you still remember me from our days here in Washington, D.C.? I am glad that you and others are keeping the memory of our great institution alive!! Fatu Karmo, Big Joe: Jonathan S. James, Wallace N. Powell, Ellen M. Dunbar where are you all now?? Take care, and congratulations Wm V.S. Tubman High!!
    Konia T. Kollehlon, known back then as Samuel J.D. Stewart


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