The name Gold Coast People College meant a national institution, which has been founded, controlled and operated by the people of the gold coast for the education of african youth. This was established in response to cries of the people of the gold coast (Ghana) for complete and efficient educational opportunities of national character.
On the 6th December, 1941 after six  years nursery at its original home, Adidome, the Gold Coast People College moved to Ada and re-opened for the term on 23rd January, 1942. On the 1st October, 1943 as a result of the taking-over of the college by the Dangbe schools Board, a limited liability company founded by Justice Adumoa Bossman, Rev. I.D. Osabutey-Aguedze, Dr. J. E. O. Amegacher, Justice Nii Amaa Oleenu, Mr.J.K .Ayekpa, and others to finance and manage it. The Gold Coast People college assumed the new name of “Ada College’.
In January, 1945 the institution was moved to Dodowa .
Thereafter, the Dangbe schools Board Limited became inactive and the responsibility of keeping the schools going was left mainly on the shoulders of the founder, Rev. I .D. Osabutey-Aguedze.
Some of the members of the Dodowa community who aided the school to strike root and to grow since its removal to Dodowa are : the late J. Abedi-Boafo, the late Rev. William Quartelai Quartey, the late Isaac Bulley, and the late Ellis Ayisi.
Until the 31st May,1957, when the founder and the principal of the College, Rev Dr. Isaac Doe Osabutey -Aguedze,retired the original motto of the school is that “Manhood” therefore stays at the battle front to fight until victory is won. This motto inculcates the philosophy of patience, perseverance and tolerance in the achievement of objectives into the students.
Rev. Dr. I. D. Osabutey-Aguedze was replaced by the late Edward Albert Addy as Acting Headmaster on 1st June,1957. Barely three weeks later, following the submissions made by the acting Headmaster, the Board of Governors in their plenary session on 21st June,1957 adopted the name “Ghanata Secondary School”.
Ghanata was the name for the people of the ancient Ghana Empire and since this country was named after the Ancient Ghana Empire the name Ghanata seemed most suitable for the school.
The burning torch signifies the light one acquires in Ghanata by which one will see ones way in life both in school and home .The torch should be kept alive to help bring about improved personal development to benefit society.
The Circle symbolizes the great Ghanata family. Once someone becomes a student in school,he or she becomes a member of the Ghanata family.
The Opened book stand’s for the academic work one will have to do in the school.
In January,2007 the school moved from its old site in the Dodowa township to its permanent site after it has been elevated to status of a district model school in 2003.
Today Ghanata senior High School is a proud Government Assisted Mixed Boarding District Model High School with an enviable record of discipline,hard work and high academic performance.