|Matara, Sri Lanka|
|Type||All-Boys government school, started as private Buddhist|
|Motto||අත්තානං දමයන්ති පණ්ඩිතා
(Pali for “Wise man controls himself”)
|Number of students||Over 7000|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold
|Affiliation||Matara Buddhists' Society (1923)|
Rahula College is a boys' school in Sri Lanka, located in Matara district - . Though it was originally a Buddhist school, now it is run by the Government of Sri Lanka as a National School. It was one of the first schools which was converted to a National School. Rahula College has two sections - the Primary section, serves students from Grade 1 to Grade 5 and the Secondary section, serves students from Grade 6 to Grade 13.
In 1921, F. Gorden Pearce (principal of Mahinda College, Galle), D.T.W. Rajapaksha Ralahami, Sir R.S.S. Gunawardana established the "Buddhists Society". On 1 May 1923, the Buddhists Society opened a school named Parakramabhahu Vidyalaya, in a rented building which was situated at Main Street, Matara. Parakramabhahu Vidyalaya's motto was "May I be a true buddhist". Hewabowalage Yasapala was the first student of Parakramabhahu Vidyalaya. Parakramabhahu Vidyalaya was shifted to the "Saram Mudali Walawwa" which was donated by C. A. Odiris de Silva, with the new name of "Rahula College". C.A.Odiris de Silva's second son C.A.Ariyathilake, who is also the donator of the Matara's leading girls school Sujatha Vidyalaya; was the donator of this school to the government.
Rahula College currently has over 7,000 students.
|1st||1923 – 1932||Mr.G. William De Silva|
|2nd||1932 – 1936||Mr.C. Amirthalingam|
|3rd||1936 – 1937||Mr.J.R.Bhatt|
|4th||1937 – 1956||Mr.D. J. Kumarage|
|5th||1956 – 1973||Mr.B.P.Ariyawansa|
|6th||1973 – 1979||Mr.B. Suriarachchi|
|7th||1979 – 1983||Mr.A. H. Godavitharana|
|8th||1983 – 1986||Mr.P. Wijewardana|
|9th||1986 – 1987||Mr.Mahinda Jagoda|
|10th||1987 – 1989||Mr.N. Weerathunga|
|11th||1989 – 1990||Mr.A. M. Liyanage|
|12th||1990 – 1998||Mr.N. Ariyawansha|
|13th||1998 – 2002||Mr.Sarath Gunarathna|
|14th||2002 – 2010||Mr.Kithsiri Liyanagamage|
|15th||2010 –||Col.Nimal Dissanayake|
College houses' names and colours:
- Ashoka : Red
- Gemunu : Blue
- Parakrama : Yellow
- Vijaya : Green
Rahula College official website was established in 2012 as a result of the Rahula Web Project along with the Rahula Web Team 2003. The project was conducted by Bogoda Wimalagnana Thero, Mr. Jayawardane, Mr. V.V.D. Dharmawardane.
Rahula Primary is located in Welegoda. It was established in 1991, at the place where the Sudarshana Model School was. There are classes from grade 1 to grade 5.The former principal was Mr. Gamini Abeykon and the current principal of the primary section is Mrs. Thilakani Gunawardena.
The Internet Operations Team of The College – Team|RCMweb – is getting ready to unleash yet another proud project to the audience, the RahulaTV. It was broadcast Battle of Two Cities between 2011 Rahula College and St. Aloysius’ College as it’s inaugural webcast.
RahulaTV has been function as a sub unit of the Team|RCMweb. The Information and Communication Technology Section of Rahula College has been proud to have another child of her to spread the name of Mother Rahula all over the world. RahulaTV is run in collaboration with Rahula College Media Unit presenters.
RahulaTV web streaming service has been covering school events with most community interest, live through the internet to the whole world.
Old pupils of Rahula College Matara are called Rahulites. Following is a list of them;
- D. E. W. Gunasekera - Minister of Constitutional Affairs & National Integration
- Buddhika Pathirana MP - Member of the 7th Parliament of Sri Lanka represents the United National Party (UNP), for Matara District
- Ranjan Wijayawardhana - former Matara District MP 
- Lalith Weeratunga, SLAS - current Permanent Secretary to the President
- Chandrananda de Silva, SLAS - former Secretary, Ministry of Defence and former Commissioner of Elections
- Kusumsiri Balapatabendi - former Permanent Secretary to the President of Sri Lanka and Diplomat, former Chairman, SriLankan Airlines
- Dhammika Kitulgoda - former District Judge, former Secretary General of Parliament (1999–2002, 2008–2012 ) and Secretary to the Parliamentary Council
- Ranjith Dheeraratne - former Judge of Supreme Courts
- Gunasena Galappatty - Sri Lankan dramatist, and Sinhala Radio Play writer
- Victor Hettigoda - Sri Lankan entrepreneur
- Suraj Randiv - Sri Lanka cricketer 
- Vajira Senaratne, Consultant Cardiologist
- Pramodya Wickramasinghe - former Sri Lanka test cricketer
- Upul Wijayawardhana - Consultant Cardiologist 
- Sarath Wijesinghe - former Sri Lankan Ambassador designate to the UAE, attorney-at-law, former President of Association of Sri Lankan Lawyers (ASLLU) United Kingdom, former Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) 
- Nandasena Bambarawanage - former Controller of Immigration and Emigration 
- Dixon Nilaweera - former Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance 
- Ariya Rubesinghe - President's Media Coordinator, Director General Media Center for National Development. Ministry Of Mass Media and Information former Director of Information 
- Amara Hewamadduma, SLAS - former Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Religious and Cultural Affairs and former Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Social Welfare.
- H. M. S. Samaranayake - former Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourist Board 
- W. K. Kumarasiri - Secretary Ministry of Nation Building 
- Nandasiri Muthukumarana - veteran educationist and administrator 
- Somapala de Silva - former Chairman ICTAD
Battle of Two Cities
Rahula College had an annual cricket encounter with St. Aloysius College, Galle,named "Battle of Two Cities" till 2011. The first Battle of Two Cities was played at the Galle International Stadium in 2004. Aloysians host the Battle when it comes in even numbered years, in The Galle International Stadium and Rahulians host the Battle in odd numbered years, in Uyanwaththa Cricket Stadium. RahulaTV has webcast this on 2011.
Battle of Golden Lions
Starting from 2012 Rahula College and Dharmapala College is playing the big match. The first match was held on Uyanwatta Stadium and Rahula College was the host.
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- Much needed breakthrough achieved
- End of another battle
- Suraj Randiv
- Battle of the Two Cities
- Enlightenment: A different view
- Tea without poison: How good is it?
- We are ATTACKED
- Too much medicine
- London lawyer Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the UAE
- A not so tender 'issue' at immigration
- The Political Column
- Media Center for National Development
- Taming of an intellectual
- Sam's contribution to tourism invaluable
- Illegal land grab in Kotte
- Mavil Aru revisited
- Memoirs of an Octogenarian