History

Booker Washington Institute (BWI) is one of the most respected and distinguished Vocational and Technical High Schools in Liberia and the West Africa Region.  In 1929, the vision and dreams of the founders, President Charles Dunbar Burgess King, Ms. Olivia Phelps Stokes, James Longstreet Sibley and others became a reality and BWI opened to the talented young men and women of Liberia.  Since its inception, BWI has provided a significant part of the solution to the national shortage of trained middle level technicians, aspiring engineers, architects, agriculturists and business men and women.  Eighty-five years later, we continue to fulfill our mission and sustain the legacy of excellence created by BWI students through the decades.