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|Motto||Pali : "දළගං පගණත විරියං" |
Sinhala : "අදිටනින් වෙර වඩමු"
English : Strive With Determination
|Established||2 February 1952|
|Founder||B. A. Kuruppu|
|Grades||Class 1 - 13|
|Age||5 to 19|
|Colour(s)||Dark and Light Green|
Isipathana College (formerly known as Greenlands College) is a National school for boys located in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Founded in January 1952, the school was initially named as Isipathana Maha Vidalaya, but is now referred to simply as "Isipathana".
In January 1952 with an intake of 400 boys, who constituted the overflow from the Royal Preparatory School, Greenlands College was established in a coconut grove amidst the lush greenery of Havelock Town on Greenlands Road (after which it was named), about 7 acres (28,000 m2) in extent.
The first principal was B. A. Kuruppu (1952 -1959) who was then the vice principal of Blue Street Central College, Kotahena.
The initial admissions were made by a Board composed of Principals of Royal College Colombo and Thurstan Colleges and the Head Master of Royal Preparatory School; classes were organised in all three streams - Sinhala, Tamil and English, with a tutorial staff of seven teachers.
The college crest was designed by the first principal with the assistance of J. D. A. Perera and Stanley Abeysinghe of Heywood School of Art, with the lighted lamp and open book and motto "Strive with determination". The college colours dark and light green were selected from the name of the college (Greenland College).
The first sportsmeet was held in March 1953 and the first prize giving in 1954.
The first issue of the college magazine came out in 1954. In 1956 "Vihara Mandiraya and Chaitya" was built to commemorate "Buddha Jayanthi year" at school premises. The college had adapted itself to the socio-cultural changes which were taking place since Buddha Jayanthi in 1956 which led to the renaming of the college in 1961. Greenlands Road had been renamed as "Isipathana Mawatha" after Isipathanaramaya Temple and the school was renamed as "Isipathana Maha Vidyalaya". Within a decade "Greenlands" became "Isipathana".
In 1962 the college was divided into two schools as Kanishta (junior) and Jeshta (upper) Vidyalayas (colleges) as with two Principals. In 1975 the Education Department amalgamated Kanishta Vidyalaya (junior college) with the Maha Vidyalaya (senior college). In 1999 the school was once again morphed into Isipathana College under the leadership of one principal
The current principal is Premasiri Epa. The school currently has more than 5,000 students enrolled, from grades 1 to 13.
The School Anthem Isipathana College is "Sarade Matha Isipathanaya apa..."
|B. A. Kuruppu||1 January 1952||11 October 1959|
|S. J. Rodrigo||12 October 1959||07 January 1965|
|A. H. Wijetunge||8 January 1965||28 May 1965|
|H. R. Perera||1 June 1965||31 July 1966|
|H. D. De Silva - Acting Principal||1 August 1966||31 July 1967|
|Brevel. Col. G.W. Rajapakse||1 August 1967||30 June 1969|
|W. T. P. T. Thilakaratne||1 July 1969||9 February 1971|
|T. E. de S. Leelananda||10 February 1971||22 October 1979|
|S. de Muthukumarana||23 October 1979||30 December 1980|
|V. S. Kudaligama||1 January 1981||5 January 1981|
|Gamini Chandrasekara||6 January 1982||30 January 1987|
|D. G. W. Jayasinghe||1 February 1987||7 January 1997|
|H. A. Upali Gunasekara||10 January 1997||31 February 2002|
|Punyadasa Kuruppu||1 January 2003||19 July 2010|
|I. M. Kamal Palitha Illanasinghe||20 July 2010||30 May 2011|
|A. M. A. A. C. Perera||1 June 2011||15 May 2015|
|Epa K. Premesiri||1 June 2015||Present|
The students are divided into four Houses. The names are derived from four poets - Thotagamuwe Sri Rahula Thera, Rabindranath Tagore, John Milton and Muhammad Iqbal. The houses compete to win the inter-house games.
Isipathana College was:
Annual big match
Isipathana play Thurstan in their Annual Big Match and it is called The Battle of the Brothers. Out of the 52 matches played between Thurstan College and Isipathana College 6 matches has been won by Thurstan college while Isipathana college has only won 5 while the other matches ended in a draw.
Sport is a major part of Isipathana College, with over 15 different sports played. Taking centre stage of the annual sporting calendar are the annual Isipathana -Thurstan cricket encounter (Big Match), the Royal-Isipathana Rugby encounter (for the Maj. Milroy Fernando Trophy) and the Isipathana - Thurstan Rugby Encounter (for the Abdul Jabbar Trophy).
|Gangodawila Soma Thero||buddhist monk|
|Asanka Gurusinha||international cricket player (1985–1996)|||
|Ashantha de Mel||international cricket player (1982–1986)|
|Asoka de Silva (cricketer)||international cricket player (1985–1991)|
|Aravinda de Silva||international cricket player (1984–2002)|
|Rohan de Silva||pianist|
|Jayantha Paranathala||international cricket player (1977–1990)|||
|Suresh Perera||international cricket player (1998–2001)|
|Hashan Tillakaratne||international cricket player (1989–2004)|||
|Sanjeewa Weerasinghe||international cricket player (1985)|
|Nuwan Zoysa||international cricket player (1997–2004)|
- "Isipathana College Online Information Centre". Isipathanaonline.info. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
- "About Isipathana College". Isipathanaonline.info. 2009-06-02. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
- Shamseer Jaleel (2003-06-29). "A few hiccups but Isipathana are strong and agile as ever". Sunday Times. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
- "Isipathana was the first to..." Isipathanaonline.info. 2009-06-02. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
- Thushan Jayasuriya (22 March 2013). "Isipathana - Thurstan clash for 50th time". Daily News. Archived from the original on 25 March 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
- http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=sports/jayantha-paranathala-national-cricketer-and-fine-administrator[permanent dead link]