D. S. Senanayake College

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D. S. Senanayake College
ඩී.එස්.සේනානායක විදුහල
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Front entrance to the school
No 62, R. G. Senanayake Mawatha, Cinnamon Gardens

Western Province

Coordinates6°54′30″N 79°52′29″E / 6.90833°N 79.87472°E / 6.90833; 79.87472Coordinates: 6°54′30″N 79°52′29″E / 6.90833°N 79.87472°E / 6.90833; 79.87472
Other names
  • DS
  • DSSC
School typeNational school Government School
MottoSinhala: තමාට පෙර රට
(Country Before Self)
Established10 February 1967 (1967-02-10)
FounderR. I. T. Alles
Age range6 -19
Enrolment6000 - 8000
Hours in school day8:00 - 13:30
  •   Shura
  •   Meththa
  •   Weera
  •   Shantha
Colour(s)Black and gold
SongSip Satha Sis Wetha
NewspaperSiyapatha Newspaper

D. S. Senanayake College (Sinhala: ඩී.එස්.සේනානායක විද්‍යාලය டி.எஸ் சேநானாயக கல்லூரி D. S. Senanayaka Vidyalaya, also referred to as DS and DSSC) is a boys' primary and secondary national school in Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka. It was established on 10 February 1967 under the stewardship of R. I. T. Alles,[1][2] and was named after the first Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, D. S. Senanayake.

It provides education from Grades 1 to 13 in Sinhalese, Tamil and English language. It is the only muti-ethnic, trilingual school established in Sri Lanka in the post-independence era and the largest multi-ethnic school in the country.[citation needed] Its street name was formerly known as Gregory Road but was renamed to R. G. Senanayake Mawatha in 2013.[3]


In 1965, the number of requests to admit children into the Royal College Primary had become excessive. Thus the Minister of Education I. M. R. A. Iriyagolla took the initiative to build a new school in Cinnamon Gardens on the lines of Royal College, Colombo.[4] In 1967, Minister Iriyagolla began the ground work for establishing the school. It was named after D. S. Senanayake, who was the first Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) after gaining independence. R. I. T. Alles, an assistant principal at Royal College became the head teacher of the new school. The location in which the college stands today was at that time called the Kumbikale jungle.[5]

Coat of arms[edit]

The school's coat of arms is a shield which is partitioned into two parts. The upper section has the lion of the Sri Lankan flag and the lower section has an oil lamp. A wreath of paddy is partially encircling the shield and the motto "Country Before Self" is in a scroll. Some decades back, the crown of the Kandyan monarch which is depicted in the crest of Royal College, Colombo, was depicted in the school's crest as well.


The school has a house system comprising four houses. Students are allocated to a house according to their admission number. They compete each year to win the Inter-house Competitions.

  •   – Shura (ශූර)
  •   – Meththa (මෙත්ත)
  •   – Weera (වීර)
  •   – Shantha (ශාන්ත)

The Old Boys Association (OBA)[edit]

The Old Boys Association (OBA) was formed in 1979, the year in which the first batch left the college, for the past pupils of the school. The first president of the OBA was Rajan Perera.


The school has a hostel which provides accommodation to over 200 students. The Government of Sri Lanka offered a building previously occupied by the Crime Investigation Bureau in 2003. After renovating the building the school hostel was opened in January 2003 by the Minister of Education, Karunasena Kodituwakku. The students were admitted to the hostel for the first time in February 2003. It officially opened doors on the 10 February 2003, which was the 36th birthday of the school.

The first housemaster was J. A. K. Janakantha and the first deputy principal who resided was S. A. Galappaththi. At the beginning 25 hostellers were accommodated and by 2009 the number of hostellers accommodated was more than one hundred. 2010 enrollment was 129 wards.

In 2006-07 D. M. D. Dissanayake resided at the hostel as the deputy principal, who was appointed as the principal in September 2010. The first Warden appointed to the hostel by the Ministry of Education was Roy Nalinda in 2009.

School magazine[edit]

Siyapatha is the official magazine published by the Media Circle. It started in 2001 and is published quarterly.

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Notability References
Asoka Abeygunawardana electrical engineer, environmentalist and social activist
Pubudu Dassanayake international cricket player (1993–1994)
Aravinda de Silva international cricket player (1984–2003)
Binura Fernando international cricket player (2015–present)
Priyanka Fernando Major General, General Officer Commanding of the 58 Division (2020–present) [citation needed]
Udaya Gammanpila member of parliament – Colombo (2015–present)
Jagath Gunawardena Major General, Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Army (2020–present)
Kosala Kuruppuarachchi international cricket player (1986–1987)
Tuan Nizam Muthaliff   Colonel, former Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion Military Intelligence Corps (2004–2005)
Naveed Nawaz international cricket player (1998–2002)
Lahiru Perera singer, musician, music producer
Udara Rathnayake Western Provincial Councillor (2014–present)
Asanka Shehan Semasinghe member of parliament – Anuradhapura (2010–present) [6]
Hashan Tillakaratne international cricket player (1986–2004)
Isuru Udana international cricket player (2009–present)
Prasanna Vithanage filmmaker [citation needed]
Anuradha Dullewe Wijeyeratne Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councillor (1988–1993), acting Diyawadana Nilame, Temple of the Tooth (1975–2005) [citation needed]
Chathuranga Kodithuwakku actor, model [7]


  1. ^ Shanika Perera (1 August 2010). "D.S. Senanayake College, Colombo - A leader in every way". Sunday Times. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  2. ^ "D.S.Senanayake College OBA - dsscoba.com". D S Senanayake CollegeOld Boys' Association.
  3. ^ "President renames Gregory's Road as R. G. Senanayake Mawatha". Daily News. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  4. ^ Bogoda Premaratne (4 October 2007). "Success story of an educator". Sri Lanka News | Online edition of Daily News - Lakehouse Newspapers. Archived from the original on 22 April 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  5. ^ Sunalie Ratnayake (1 April 2006). "D.S. Senanayake College -unity in diversity". History. Tamil Week. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Parliament of Sri Lanka - Shehan Semasinghe". www.parliament.lk. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Making a bitter experience to a success - Chathuranga Lakshan Kodithuwakku". Ceylon Daily. Retrieved 15 August 2020.

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