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Albert Academy is 117 years old

11 October 2021 at 19:03 | 689 views

By Gibril Koroma, Editor and Publisher, Toronto, Canada

The Albert Academy, one of the oldest secondary schools in Sierra Leone based in Freetown, the capital, continues celebration of 117 years of existence today, Sunday October 6. The school was founded on October 4 1904 and was named after Reverend Ira Albert, an American missionary.

This is a school founded by American missionaries and had and still has elements of American education which combined the usual formal education with trade subjects like carpentry or woodwork and metal work. It is also one of the first schools for boys in the country to offer what is known as Commercial subjects like Accounting, bookkeeping and to admit girls into its sixth form programs.

I spent seven years at the Albert Academy (Form 1 to Lower and Upper 6) and I can tell you the discipline administered by the then Principal the late Mr. Max Bailor and the his spouse Mrs. Ada Bailor (also of blessed memory) was tremendous but also very parent-like. It was not malicious but what Americans call Tough Love. May their souls continue to rest in peace.

Here is the AA band marching in Freetown today and the Washington DC Alumni Chapter at a Thanksgiving service. The president of the Washington DC AA Chapter is Kellie Conteh Jnr.