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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: the opening of late Sri Devamitta Dharmapala Thero Memorial Building by W.A.De. Silva, Hon. Minister of Health, and the 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 of 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. Its founder was Mr. P. De S Kularathne and its principal was Dr. J. E. Jayasooriya.

Flag of Dharmapala Vidyalaya

During World War II a section from Ananda College, along with the teachers, shifted to the 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]

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

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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104 news items

Ceylon Daily News

Ceylon Daily News
Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:58:41 -0800

He associated in two opening partnerships of 98 runs with Dharmapala Vidyalaya and 83 versus Royal College. Last season he scored 339 runs with the highest score of 71 runs against St Joseph's College. Last year Nalin Wijesinghe was his coach and this ...

Ceylon Daily News

Ceylon Daily News
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 13:05:48 -0800

The captain of Dharmapala Vidyalaya Pannipitiya Himasha Liyanage became the first schoolboy to score the magical 1000 runs for the 2015/2016 school cricket season when he scored a hurricane 102 runs against President's College, Kotte played at ...
Ceylon Daily News
Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:07:30 -0800

sandaruwan Fernando of St. Sebastians College Moratuwa missed a well deserved century by three runs in their inter school first eleven cricket match against Dharmapala Vidyalaya played at Moratuwa. At the end of day one Palians were 118 for 1 with ...

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka
Sun, 24 Jan 2016 09:15:00 -0800

... of 150 by Anulian Harshitha Madhavi helped Anula Vidyalaya, Nugegoda to book a berth to the semi-finals of the ongoing Inter-Schools Girls Under-19 cricket tournament quarter final match played at the Dharmapala Vidyalaya grounds last weekend.

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka
Sat, 16 Jan 2016 12:37:30 -0800

Pre-quarter-final matches will be played from this weekend onwards up to January 24 at Dharmapala Vidyalaya Grounds and Campbell Park. Apart from the six pre quarter final matches scheduled to be played during this long weekend the last two matches ...

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, ...

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 ...

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.

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