D. S. Senanayake Central College
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|D. S. Senanayake Central College |
ඩී.ඇස්. සේනානායක විද්යාලය - මීරිගම
டி. எஸ். சேனநாயக்க கல்லூரி - மீரிகமம்
|Motto||සුණාථ.. ධාරෙථ.. චරාථ..|
|Established||February 13, 1953|
|Founder||Hon. Minister D. S. Senanayake|
|Grades||6 - 13|
|Colour(s)||Green and Yellow|
On 19 February 1951 Hon. Minister D.S. Senanayake laid the foundation stone for the school on a 10 ha (25 acres) site, near the Mirigama railway station.
The venerable Weweldeniye Medhalankara Thero took the initiative to establish this school and provide higher education for the students in the area.
The school was established with a two storey building and other facilities, with an enrolment of 600 students and 25 teachers. The first principal was F. D. Wijesinghe and the new school was called as "Mirigama College".
In 1955 the school was further developed by the principal H. Welikanna. Under his guidance the school became all island volleyball champions and athletes, G.C.E A/L classes were commenced and the number of students increased gradually. In 1958 the first students from the school obtained their university entrance.
In 1959 the name of the school was changed to "Mirigama Maha Vidyalaya" and Hubert Karunarathna was appointed as the principal.
In 1964 Minister D. A. Jayathilaka assumed the position as the school's principal. A number of new buildings were constructed and A/L classes were commenced in science and commerce streams. In 1969 the school was expanded with an additional 2 ha (4.9 acres) of playing fields, which were opened by then Prime Minister Hon.Dudley Senanayake.
W. R. Karunarathna became the principal in 1978. The school was promoted to a central college in June 1979 and was renamed the "D.S Senanayaka Central College" as a tribute to the country's first Prime Minister, the Hon. D.S. Senanayake. In January 1868 the school was converted into a Cluster - Core School.
Currently D. S. Senanayaka Central College has close to 1,800 students enrolled from grade 6 to G.C.E A/L and an academic staff of 125.
- K. P. Pagngnaratne : 1947 - 1952
- F. D. Wijesinghe : 1953 - 1955
- Hemachandra Welikanne : 1955 - 1960
- Hurbert Karunarathne : 1961 - 1963
- D. A. Jaysthilake : 1964 - 1969
- P. P. D. T. Aquinas : 1970 - 1972
- D. A. Perera : 1972 - 1974
- G. D. Francis : 1974 - 1975
- R. A. K. Rajapakse : 1975 - 1976
- C. C. Manamperi : 1976
- G. S. Leelananda : 1977
- W. R. Karunarathne : 1977 - 1988
- T. K. Ariyawanse : 1989 - 1992
- D. G. I. Thilakawardana : 1992 - 2007
- Makkanigoda Assaji Thero : 2008 - 2014
Students are placed in one of four houses according to their admission number. They compete in annual inter-house competitions.
- – Wijaya (විජය)
- – Gajaba (ගජබා)
- – Thissa (තිස්ස)
- – Gamunu (ගමුණු)