Bandaranayake College, Gampaha

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Bandaranayake College Gampaha
බණ්ඩාරනායක විද්‍යාලය ගම්පහ
Bandaranayake College Gampaha Main Front.jpg
Bandaranayake College Main Hall Building

Coordinates7°05′30″N 80°00′20″E / 7.091667°N 80.005556°E / 7.091667; 80.005556Coordinates: 7°05′30″N 80°00′20″E / 7.091667°N 80.005556°E / 7.091667; 80.005556
Former names
Henarathgoda Seewali Buddhist School

Henarathgoda Senior Secondary School

Henarathgoda Secondary English School

Kasagahawatta Maha Vidyalaya

Bandaranayake Maha Vidyalaya

Bandaranayake Vidyalaya (since 1993)

TypeNational School
Motto"Vidvan Sarvathra Pujyathe"
("Scholar is always honored.")
Religious affiliation(s)Buddhist
Established18 September 1918; 102 years ago (1918-09-18)
FounderCharles Samarasooriya
School districtGampaha District
PrincipalIran Champika De Silva
Grades6 - 13
Age range10 to 19
ClassesA - I (9) , A - S (19)
Campus size20-acre (0.081 km2)
Colour(s)Blue and Maroon   
AlumniOld Nayakenz

Bandaranayake College Gampaha (Sinhala: බණ්ඩාරනායක විද්‍යාලය ගම්පහ) is a Buddhist Boys' school in Gampaha, Sri Lanka, founded on 18 September 1918. The school has a student population exceeding 5,000 across 8 grades from grade 6 to advanced level classes, on a campus of 8.1 ha (20 acres). Boys are admitted at grade six, based on the results of an island-wide Scholarship Examination.


In 1918, this school was established as Henarathgoda Seewali Buddhist School at the place where Yasodara Devi Balika Maha Vidyalaya is presently located. Charles Samarasooriya was the first principal of the school. In 1949, the school was established as the Henarathgoda Senior Secondary School, and then it was established as the Henarathgoda Secondary English School at its present location. When the school was established at its current location, Jinadasa Munasinghe was the principal.[1]

In 1923, this school was promoted as a First Grade School.[2] It had been a mixed school up to 1985. On 25 May 1993, the school was advanced to the National Level as, Bandaranayake Vidyalaya.[1]


The students are divided into four houses:

  • Vijaya -   red
  • Gamunu -   Blue
  • Thissa -   Green
  • Parakrama -   Yellow

These houses are named after some of the greatest ancient kings in the history of Sri Lanka. Students participate in an annual inter-house sport meet.


  • Siyanesara FM (Estd. 1993) - Sri Lanka's first school radio channel. - FM 103.1 / FM 96.1[3]
  • Siyane Roo TV (Estd. 2008) - Sri Lanka's second school TV channel.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Nuwan Kulasekara International cricket player (2003–2019)
Arjuna Ranatunga International cricket player (1982–2000), Member of Sri Lanka Parliament - Colombo Electoral District (2001–2010), Kalutara (2010–2015), Gampaha (2015–2020)
H. R. Mithrapala Member of Sri Lanka Parliament - Kegalle (2004–2015)
Nilanka Premaratne First-class cricket player
Ajith Mannapperuma Member of Sri Lanka Parliament - Gampaha (2013–2020), mayor Gampaha (2006–2009)
Anura Priyadharshana Yapa Member of Sri Lanka Parliament - Kurunegala(1994–present)
Neil Rosayro Deputy chief of staff (Navy) - Eastern Naval Area (2016–present) [5]
Karuna Nayaka Ovitigalage Dharmadasa Senior Professor
Milan Jayathilaka Member of Sri Lanka Parliament - Gampaha(2020–present)


  1. ^ a b "SCHOOL PROFILE". Bandaranayake College. Archived from the original on 4 February 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Gampaha Bandaranayake College inherits a unique school culture". Sunday Times.
  3. ^ "BCMU". App Store. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Siyane Roo TV".
  5. ^ "Rear Admiral Neil Rosayro assumes duties as Chief of Staff of the Navy". Sri Lanka Navy. Retrieved 1 May 2019.

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