Sri Jayawardenepura Maha Vidyalaya
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|Sri Jayawardenepura Maha Vidyalaya|
|Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte
Names = - (Cotta Institute),-CMS Boys' School,-Christian College]
|Color(s)||Maroon and silver|
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.   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 organised 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.
Battle of Kotte
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- Joseph Marsh - founding headmaster of Colombo Academy
- P.D. Premasiri - professor specialising in buddhist ethics and philosophy at the University of Peradeniya
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