Sri Jayawardenepura Maha Vidyalaya

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Sri Jayawardenepura Maha Vidyalaya
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Names = [1822]-[1855] (Cotta Institute),[1855]-[1934]CMS Boys' School,[1934]-[1964]Christian College]
Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Type Public
Principal Mr I.S.Kulatunga
Color(s) Maroon and silver

Sri Jayawardenepura Maha Vidyalaya is a government school in Kotte, Sri Lanka.


It was formally known as Christian College until 1964 when the administration of the school was taken over by the government. The school traces its roots to 1822 when the Cotta Institute was established as a seminary for young Ceylonese of which the first principal was Rev. Samuel Lambrick.

The third principal of the Academy was Rev Joseph Marsh, who later became the first Head Master of Colombo Academy present Royal College Colombo in 1835.[1] [2] [3] From 1855 to 1934 it was known as the Church Mission Society (CMS) Boys' School at Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte. In 1934 it was called Christian College, which was a very popular school in the island. The CMS Boys' School was a training institute for young Ceylonese, inclined to teach the gospel. The last principal of C.M.S. Christian College [1959-1963] was Samuel Louis Alexander Ratnayake. Himself an old boy of Christian College, he added new buildings and organized many colorful activities, such as drama festivals, sports and carnivals in addition to prize givings and sports meets. The school community was a rich mix of different ethnic groups and religions all working in harmony to improve the quality of the future generations.

Even though the college has a prestigious history, today's condition is not to be proud of. The college needs proper guidance to improve its present condition. Therefore all the past students are invited in this college re-building up process.

Battle of Kotte[edit]

Main article: Battle of Kotte

The annual Big Match played between Sri Jayawardenepura Maha Vidyalaya and St. Thomas' College, Kotte is called Battle of Kotte

Notable teachers[edit]


  • Prof. P.D. Premasiri - University of Peradeniya
  • Prema Pinnawle - Former General Manager, Sri Lanka Insuarance, Former Secretary General, National Olympic Committee
  • Nallaperuma Arachige Nihal Perera- National Integrity Award 2014, Assassinated for fighting corruption and fraud.