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Vidya Dadāti Vinayaṁ
(Buddhist quote in the Dhammapada.
Meaning: "Knowledge generates humility")
|Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka|
|Principal||Mudliar S. Thomas De Silva Esq.(1913 - 1917)|
|Colour(s)||Blue and Silver|
It is one of the educational institute supported by the Buddhist Theosophical Society led by Colonel Henry Steel Olcott, and accordingly is one of Sri Lanka's oldest schools. It provides primary and secondary education.
Location and size
History in brief
In 1913, The college was established with only 15 students by its founder Mudliar S. Thomas de Silva Esq. who spent his own wealth for the establishment and development of the college.
On April 10, 1929, the Sugatha Sasanodaya Samithiya (a benevolent society) took over entire administration of the college. The Government of Sri Lanka took control of the college in 1961.Some managers under Sugatha Sasanodaya Samithiya were P.De S. Kularathna Esq.,BA,Bsc,LLB, Dr.M.H Saddhasena and L.C De Silva Esq. All of them were former Members of Parliament.
Dharmasoka College is one of the top graded Buddhist schools ever established in the 19th century. It has been rapidly developed in a large scale. The name “Dharmasoka” has been popular not only in the Southern region of Sri Lanka but also in the whole island.
The college has maintained its high standard in education, extra curricular activities and also in discipline over the years as well. Approximately 100 students are selected to the local universities in each year.
The college has been introducing many great personalities who serve both locally and internationally in various fields of the society.
- Mudliar S. Thomas De Silva Esq. (1913 - 1917)
- Mr. E. Ginige (1917 - 1921)
- Mr. A.M. Nathaniel (1921 - 1923)
- Mr. G.M. De Silva (1923 - 1927)
- Mr. E.A. Wijesooriya (1928 - 1933)
- Mr. F.R. Jayasooriya (1934 - 1938)
- Mr. D.T. Wijerathna (1938 - 1947 and 1953 - 1961)
- Mr. P.De S. Jasenthuliyana (1947 - 1953)
- Mr. K.K.V.S. De Silva (1961 - 1965)
- Mr. M.D. Wimalasooriya (1965 - 1975)
- Mr. N.E. Fernando (1975 - 1980)
- Mr. G.W.W. De Silva (1980 - 1982)
- Mr. B.H.H. Wimaladasa (1982 - 1984)
- Mr. H.S.N.K. Fernando (1984 - 1986)
- Mr. A.G.I. De Silva (1987 - 1998)
- Mr. M. Premaseela De Silva (1999 - 2001)
- Mr. D.M.G. Anura Jayalath (2002 - 2004)
- Mr. K.M.G.B. Jayasooriya (2004 - 2007)
- Mr. S.J.P .Wijesingha (2007 - 2010)
- Mr. M.G.O.P. Panditharathna (2010 - 2013)
- Mr. Sumith Parakramawansha (2013 up to now)
The term of "Sokians" is being used to call the students of Dharmasoka College.
- C. P. de Silva - Cabinet Minister and civil servant
- L. H. Sumanadasa - Vice Chancellor of the University of Ceylon and founder of the University of Moratuwa
- Sarath Fonseka - Presidential candidate and former Chief of the Defence Staff, Commander of the Sri Lanka Army and Member of Parliament
- Jayalath Weerakkody - Former Air Force Commander & Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Pakistan
- Rohana Wijeweera - Presidential candidate, founder of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and its leader of the 1971 JVP Insurrection and 1987–89 JVP Insurrection.
- Shan Wijayalal De Silva - Chief Minister of Southern Province of Sri Lanka
- Sunil Handunnetti - Member of Parliament for Colombo District
- Buddhika Kurukularatne - Former Member of Parliament for Galle District
- Gunadasa Kapuge - Musician
- Ajit de Silva - Former Test Cricketer
- Saman Jayantha- Former National Cricketer
- Upul Tharanga - National Cricketer
- Dinesh Chandimal - National Cricketer
Dharmasoka-Devananda is the annual inter school cricket encounter, the big match played between Dharmasoka College and Sri Devananda College. The match usually takes place in March of every year at the esplanade in Ambalangoda. Out of the 46 matches played between the two schools so far, Devananda has won only one match while Dharmasoka secured its victory in ten matches including the match played in March 2012.