D. S. Senanayake College

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D. S. Senanayake College
ඩී.එස්.සේනානායක විද්‍යාලය
D. S. Senanayake College crest.png
No 62, R. G. Senanayake Mawatha, Cinnamon Gardens

Sri Lanka
Coordinates6°54′30.1284″N 79°52′29.4024″E / 6.908369000°N 79.874834000°E / 6.908369000; 79.874834000Coordinates: 6°54′30.1284″N 79°52′29.4024″E / 6.908369000°N 79.874834000°E / 6.908369000; 79.874834000
Other names
  • DS
  • DSSC
TypeNational school
MottoSinhalese: තමාට පෙර රට
(Country Before Self)
Established10 February 1967; 52 years ago (1967-02-10)
FounderR. I. T. Alles
PrincipalChanaka Bamunuarachchi (acting)
Medium of language
  •      Shura
  •      Meththa
  •      Weera
  •      Shantha
Colour(s)Black and Gold         
SongSip Satha Sis Wetha

D. S. Senanayake College (Sinhalese: ඩී.එස්.සේනානායක විද්‍යාලය 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 Master 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]

Old crown crest.

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 provides Mathematics, Science, Commerce, Technical & Arts fields for the Advance Level Examinations.


The prefects body is composed of Student Volunteers, Student Guides and Senior Prefects. The Student Volunteers are selected from Grade 12 and they go onto become Students Guides in Grade 13. After completing the GCE (Advanced Level) examination they are promoted to the Senior Prefects' Guild.[verification needed]

School anthem[edit]

The Sinhala version of the school anthem was composed by Navarathna Attanayake and the lyrics are by Premakeerthi de Alwis. Tamil version of the school anthem was written by Sillayoor Selvarajah.[citation needed] The anthem is recited every morning on school days.

Extracurricular activities[edit]


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 school offers a wide range of sporting activities, these include:

  • Athletics
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Body Building
  • Eastern and Western Cadet Band
  • Cadet Platoon
  • Chess
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Rugby
  • Rowing
  • Scouting
  • Scrabble
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Table Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Wushu
  • Air Rifle

Battle of the Golds[edit]

In 2007, the school started playing their annual cricket contest known as "Battle of the Golds" with Mahanama College, and is commonly referred to as the "Big Match". It has been a great pitch of introducing new cricketers to the Sri Lanka national cricket team over the era.

Clubs, societies and associations[edit]

The school has more than 35 clubs, societies and associations engaged in a variety of co-curricular activities.


The school is fully equipped with modern classrooms, multiple science laboratories and computer laboratories, swimming pool complex, grounds and sports complex for sports activities.


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. In 2017, a solar power panel system was fixed by the Old Boys Association in the school hostel by making it The Island's first school hostel with a solar power conservation system.

Notable alumni[edit]



  1. ^ Shanika Perera (August 1, 2010). "D.S. Senanayake College, Colombo - A leader in every way". Sunday Times. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  2. ^ D.S.Senanayake College OBA - D.S.Senanayake College OBA
  3. ^ "President renames Gregory's Road as R. G. Senanayake Mawatha". Daily News. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  4. ^ Bogoda Premaratne (2007-10-04). "Success story of an educator". Sri Lanka News | Online edition of Daily News - Lakehouse Newspapers. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  5. ^ Sunalie Ratnayake (2006-04-01). "D.S. Senanayake College -unity in diversity". History. Tamil Week. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  6. ^ "Parliament of Sri Lanka - Shehan Semasinghe". www.parliament.lk. Retrieved 2019-01-12.

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