Dharmasoka College

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Dharmasoka College-Ambalangoda
Emblem of Dharmasoka College
Location

Coordinates6°55′30″N 79°52′09″E / 6.92500°N 79.86917°E / 6.92500; 79.86917Coordinates: 6°55′30″N 79°52′09″E / 6.92500°N 79.86917°E / 6.92500; 79.86917
Information
TypePublic
Mottoවිද්‍යා දදාති විනයං
(Buddhist quote in the Dhammapada.
Meaning: "Knowledge generates humility")
Established1913
FounderMudalindu S. Thomas De Silva Esq.
PrincipalWeththimuni Hasitha Kesara
GenderMixed
Enrollment≈5,000
Colour(s)          Blue and Silver
AffiliationBuddhist
Website

Dharmasoka College is a coed school in Sri Lanka. The college was established in 1913.

It is supported by the Buddhist Theosophical Society led by Colonel Henry Steel Olcott, and accordingly is one of Sri Lanka's oldest schools. It provides primary and secondary education.

Location and size[edit]

Dharmasoka College is situated in Ambalangoda within the administrative district of Galle, Sri Lanka. It currently has over 6,000 students and approximately 250 members of the academic staff.

History[edit]

In 1913, the college was established with fifteen students by its founder, Mudliar Santiago Thomas de Silva, who spent his own wealth to establish and develop the college.[1]

On 10 April 1929, the Sugatha Sasanodaya Samithiya (a benevolent society) took over administration of the college. The government of Sri Lanka took control of the college in 1961. Some managers under Sugatha Sasanodaya Samithiya were P. de S. Kularatne, Dr.M.H Saddhasena and L.C De Silva. All were former Members of Parliament.

Approximately 100 students are selected to the local universities in each year.

Dharmasoka College students are called Sokians.[citation needed]

Principals[edit]

  • Mudliar S. Thomas De Silva (1913–1917)
  • E. Ginige (1917–1921)
  • A. M. Nathaniel (1921–1923)
  • G. M. De Silva (1923–1927)
  • E. A. Wijesooriya (1928–1933)
  • F. R. Jayasooriya (1934–1938)
  • D. T. Wijerathna (1938–1947 and 1953 - 1961)
  • P. De S. Jasenthuliyana (1947–1953)
  • K. K. V. S. De Silva (1961–1965)
  • M. D. Wimalasooriya (1965–1975)
  • N. E. Fernando (1975–1980)
  • G. W. W. De Silva (1980–1982)
  • B. H. H. Wimaladasa (1982–1984)
  • H. S. N. K. Fernando (1984–1986)
  • A. G. I. De Silva (1987–1998)
  • M. Premaseela De Silva (1999–2001)
  • D. M. G. Anura Jayalath (2002–2004)
  • K. M. G. B. Jayasooriya (2004–2007)
  • S. J. P. Wijesingha (2007–2010)
  • M. G. O. P. Panditharathna (2010–2013)
  • Sumith Parakramawansa (2013–2016)
  • Hasitha Kesara Weththimuni (2016–present)

Notable alumni[edit]

Battle of the Blues - Dharmasoka-Devananda[edit]

Battle of the Blues[3] (සුනිල මහා සංග්‍රාමය) - Dharmasoka-Devananda is the annual inter-school cricket encounter, the big match played between Dharmasoka College[4] and Sri Devananda College. The match usually takes place in March of every year at the esplanade in Ambalangoda.[5] Out of the 50 matches played between the two schools so far, most of the matches are drawn.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda celebrates centenary year by W.T.J.S. Kaviratne (Sunday Observer) 2016-09-20
  2. ^ "Dharmasoka College - Old Boys Association". Dharmasoka College. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  3. ^ https://www.facebook.com/BattleofTheBlues/ accessed
  4. ^ http://www.dharmasoka.sch.lk/ accessed
  5. ^ http://www.facebook.com/Ambalangoda accessed