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Coordinates: 6°50′37″N 79°57′11″E / 6.84361°N 79.95306°E / 6.84361; 79.95306

Dharmapala Vidyalaya Pannipitiya
Crest of Dharmapala Vidyalaya
Thumehi Kichchan Athappan (Buddhist quote from the Dhammapada).
Sri Lanka
Coordinates 6°50′38″N 79°57′14″E / 6.843899°N 79.95389°E / 6.843899; 79.95389
Type Public
Established December 8, 1940
Principal Mr. K. G. Wimalasena
Grades 1–13
Color(s) Maroon and Purple         
Affiliation Ministry of Education

Dharmapala Vidyalaya, Pannipitiya, established in 1942 on land owned by Anagarika Dharmapala, is a Buddhist school in Sri Lanka. It is a national school and provides primary and secondary education.

Donation of the land[edit]

The land of the current school was originally owned by Anagarika Dharmapala. Later it was donated by the Hewavitharana Family to Mahabodhi Society and was allocated to Dharmapala Vidyalaya in 1940.

Dharmapala Vidyalaya today[edit]

Dharmapala Vidyalaya has 6000+ students and 300+ teaching staff on a campus of 18 acres (73,000 m2).[1] acres.

It provides education for students from grade 1 to grade 13.


In 1940 an English secondary school was established at Pannipitiya as a branch of Ananda College Colombo. This new school was named Dharmapala Vidyalaya. On opening day two major events took place: opening of late Sri Devamitta Dharmapala Thero Memorial Building by W.A.De.Silva Hon. Minister Of Health and ceremonial Opening of Dharmapala Vidyalaya By Dr. Walter Wijeynaike, the General Manager of Buddhist Schools

Dharmapala Vidyalaya was managed by the Buddhist Theosophical Society under the direct supervision of the Principal Ananda College Colombo. It was a school for boys and girls and conducted classes from Kindergarten to the Matriculation Form, in English. Dharmapala Vidyalaya began its work on 8 January 1941. The founder was Mr. P. De S Kularathne and the Principal was Dr. J. E. Jayasooriya.

Flag of Dharmapala Vidyalaya

During World War II section from Ananda College along with the teachers shifted to Dharmapala Vidyalaya premises due to fear of war. To accommodate these students more Cadjan sheds were built. Later six permanent classrooms were built for the Primary Section. The then Principal of Ananda College, Mr. P.De.S Kularathna, led this project.

With the exit of Jayasooriya, Mr. D.C. Lawris took over as Principal in 1943.

The school registered as an independent institute and a Class 1 school for higher education. Up to H.S.C many more students started entering Dharmapala. With the help of many donors and with the money collected by the students, another five classrooms were built for the Primary Section.

By February 1947 there were 920 students and H.S.C. classes were started. Mr. Lawris left Dharmapala Vidyalaya to take over as the Principal of Ananda College. Colombo.[2]


  •      - Maurya (මෞර්යය)
  •      - Nanda (නන්ද)
  •      - Shakya (ශාක්‍ය)
  •      - Soorya (සූර්ය)

An athletic tournament among these houses is held once a year at the beginning of the first term.

Notable alumni[edit]

This is a list of alumni;

  • Ratnasiri Wickremanayake - former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
  • K.H.J. Wijedasa SLAS - Former Secretary to the President of Sri Lanka
  • Rear Admiral S R Samaraunga, Sri Lanka Navy, Former General Manager MEPA
  • Tissa Abeysekara, filmmaker
  • Rohana Weerasinghe, musician
  • Air Marshal Oliver Ranasinghe Former Commander of SL Air Force
  • Rear Admiral Ananda Peiris SL Navy
  • Lt. General Rohan Daluwatte Former Commander of SL Army
  • Major General Neil Dias SL Army
  • Somadasa Elvitigala, Musician
  • Eva Wansundera - sitting judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka
  • Dr. Wimal Wickramasinghe - Parliamentarian
  • Soma Edirisinghe - Chairperson, Edirisinghe Group
  • Ramani Mangalika - National Athlete, Gold Medalist & Former Record Holder in 200 M. at South Asian Games

Notable events[edit]

The Henry Steele Olcott Memorial Cricket Tournament is an annual cricket tournament conducted among the past cricketers of eight premier Buddhist schools in honor of Col. Olcott, the founder of Buddhist education in Sri Lanka.


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48 news items

Ceylon Daily News
Sun, 15 Nov 2015 16:22:30 -0800

The wicket keeper of the side is Vishva Chaturanga. So far they have played six inter-school matches and recorded an outright victory against Dharmapala Vidyalaya and they have registered a first innings win over Thurstan College. They lost on first ...

The Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka

The Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka
Mon, 14 Sep 2015 20:22:30 -0700

President Maithripala Sirisena made these observations participating in the inauguration ceremony of the Srimath Anagarika Dharmapala Week to commemorate the 151st birth anniversary of Srimath Anagarika Dharmapala , at the Dharmapala Vidyalaya, ...

The Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka

The Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka
Wed, 16 Sep 2015 23:11:15 -0700

... held countrywide to spread the philosophy of the great Anagarika Dharmapala among the people. The main ceremony of these programs was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Dharmapala Vidyalaya, Pannipitiya on Sept.14.

Hiru News

Hiru News
Wed, 23 Oct 2013 02:23:59 -0700

The functions of the Kottawa Dharmapala Vidyalaya have not returned to normal yet after the assault on a group of teachers including its Principal yesterday. A school spokesman told our news team that teachers, parents and students held a protest in ...
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 08:39:58 -0700

Police Headquarters has stated that a special traffic plan will be in place along the High Level Road between 10 p.m. on Sunday and 5 a.m. on Monday as a result of the construction of a flyover bridge near the Dharmapala Vidyalaya in Pannipitiya.

nation.lk - The Nation Newspaper

nation.lk - The Nation Newspaper
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:52:30 -0700

He was born in Ratnapura in 1937 and educated at Sri Palee College in Horana. Later, he had joined Dharmapala Vidyalaya in Pannipitiya. Schools are usually associated with certain activities and these include 'playing hooky'. Premaranjith and his ...
The Island.lk (subscription)
Wed, 16 Sep 2015 13:26:15 -0700

Sprinters from Lyceum International, Wattala, St. Mary's College, Chilaw, St. Joseph's Balika, Kegalle and Asian Grammar School shared the titles of the Under-14 and Under-15 sprint events on day two of the Sir John Tarbet Junior Athletic Championship ...
nation.lk - The Nation Newspaper
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:56:03 -0700

Haritha Perera has been involved as a sports media personality since April 1986. He is an old boy of St. Thomas' Prep. School, Kollupitiya, S. Thomas' College Mt. Lavinia and Dharmapala Vidyalaya, Pannipitiya. He has played first XI cricket for ...

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