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|Motto||Pali: අත්තානං දමයන්ති පණ්ඩිතා|
Aththānang damayanthi pandithā
(A wise man controls himself)
|Number of students||>5000|
|Color(s)||Blue & gold|
|Affiliation||Matara Buddhists' Society (1923)|
Rahula College is a boys' school in Sri Lanka, located in Matara district. Though it was originally a private Buddhist school, now it is run by the Government of Sri Lanka as a National School. Rahula College has two sections - the Primary section, which serves students from Grade 1 to Grade 5, and the Secondary section, which serves students from Grade 6 to Grade 13.
In 1921, Frederick Gordon Pearce (principal of Mahinda College, Galle), D.T.W. Rajapaksha Ralahami and Sir R.S.S. Gunawardana established the "Buddhists Society". On 1 May 1923, the Buddhists Society opened a school named Parakramabhahu Vidyalaya, in a rented building on Main Street, Matara. Parakramabhahu Vidyalaya's motto was "May I be a true Buddhist". Hewabowalage Yasapala was the first student. Parakramabhahu Vidyalaya was shifted to the "Saram Mudali Walawwa" which was donated by C. A. Odiris de Silva, with the new name of "Rahula College". C.A. Odiris de Silva's second son C.A. Ariyathilake, who also donated Matara's leading girls' school Sujatha Vidyalaya, donated this school to the government.
Rahula College currently has over 5,000 students.
|1st||1923 – 1932||G. William De Silva|
|2nd||1932 – 1936||C. Amirthalingam|
|3rd||1936 – 1937||J. R. Bhatt|
|4th||1937 – 1956||D. J. Kumarage|
|5th||1956 – 1973||B. P. Ariyawansa|
|6th||1973 – 1979||B. Suriarachchi|
|7th||1979 – 1983||A. H. Godavitharana|
|8th||1983 – 1986||P. Wijewardana|
|9th||1986 – 1987||Mahinda Jagoda|
|10th||1987 – 1989||N. Weerathunga|
|11th||1989 – 1990||A. M. Liyanage|
|12th||1990 – 1998||N. Ariyawansha|
|13th||1998 – 2002||Sarath Gunarathna|
|14th||2002 – 2010||Kithsiri Liyanagamage|
|15th||2010 – 2016||Nimal Dissanayake|
|16th||2016 –||Francis Welage|
Rahula Primary is located in Welegoda. It was established in 1991, at the site of the former Sudarshana Model School. There are classes from grade 1 to grade 5.
Sports at the college include athletics, basketball, boxing, chess, cricket, rugby, soccer, swimming, volleyball, table tennis, badminton and karate.
The annual Rahula - Thomas football encounter or Battle of Golden Ensigns is an annual football match played between Rahula College and St. Thomas' College, Matara. It was one of the first annual inter school football matches in Sri Lanka.
In 2012 Rahula College and Dharmapala College commenced an annual match, the Battle of Golden Lions (රුහුණු -මායා සටන). The inaugural match was held on Uyanwatta Stadium, with Rahula College hosting the event.
Students are divided into four houses.
- Ashoka :
- Gemunu :
- Parakrama :
- Vijaya :
Clubs and extracurricular activities
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The Internet Operations Team of the College (Team|RCMweb) operates the RahulaTV project, a web streaming service which covers school events of community interest, live through the internet. RahulaTV's inaugural webcast was coverage of the Battle of Two Cities match in 2011 between Rahula College and St. Aloysius’ College. RahulaTV is run in collaboration with Rahula College Media Unit presenters
Old pupils of Rahula College Matara are called Rahulians. Following is a list of some notable alumni:
|D. E. W. Gunasekera||MP - National List (2004-2015), Minister of Constitutional Reform (2004-2010)|
|Buddhika Pathirana||MP - Matara (2010-present)|
|K. Balapatabendi||Permanent Secretary to the President of Sri Lanka (1994-2003), former Chairman SriLankan Airlines|
|Dhammika Kitulgoda||former District Judge, Secretary General of Parliament (1999–2002, 2008–2012)|
|Gunasena Galappatty||Sri Lankan dramatist, Sinhala Radio Play writer|
|Victor Hettigoda||Sri Lankan entrepreneur|
|Suraj Randiv||Sri Lanka international cricketer (2010-present)|||
|Pramodya Wickramasinghe||Sri Lanka international cricketer (1991-2002)|
|Asoka Abeygunawardana||Chairman/CEO Strategic Enterprise Management Agency (SEMA)|
|Sarath Wijesinghe||Senator (1947-1965), President of the Senate of Ceylon (1962-1965)|||
|Amara Hewamadduma||former government agent, literary figure, historian|
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- "Battle of Two Cities 2011: Message from The Principal". rahulacollege.org.
- London lawyer Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the UAE