Ananda College


Being Proud of Our History

Following a meeting of Buddhists at Pettah, under the patronage of Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Thera, an English-Buddhist school was inaugurated at 19 Prince Street on 1 November 1886 by the Buddhist Theosophical Society. The first session was attended by 37 students. In 1888, when about 130 boys were attending, it moved to 61 Maliban Street. C. W. Leadbeater was appointed the first principal of Ananda today.

By the time the school was officially registered in March 1889, there were 120 students. That same year, J. P. R. Weerasuriya became the first Anandian to pass the Cambridge junior examination. The Cambridge graduate and confessed Buddhist A. E. Bultjens became principal.

School grounds in 1920.

In March 1890, the school's proximity to a Catholic school led to controversy—and a move to 54 Maliban Street where further growth ensued, and student enrollments rose to 200 in September 1892 and 270 in 1894. As principals followed Don Baron Jayatilaka. That year, Mr. Tudor Rajapaksha donated 3.2 acres (13,000 m2) of land and the school was relocated in the suburb of Maradana. On 17 August 1895, the former English Buddhist School was renamed to Ananda College Colombo with R. A. Mirando serving as its manager till his death during the 1915 riots.

When Patrick de Silva Kularatne took over in 1918 attendance was 450 which rapidly increased to 1000 two years later. At this time the annual budget was 80000 Rs. By 1961, the college had officially become a government school.

Ananda Viharaya

The Ananda Viharaya is the most easily distinguishable edifice and heart of the college. Completed under Col. E. A. Perusinghe, Late Governor, Honourable William Gopallawa handed over the Viharaya to the School on 6 March 1969. The Buddha statue has been designed by Venerable Kalasoori Mapalagama Vipulasara Thero.

Ananda Viharaya

Battle Of Maroons

Ananda Cricket Team

In a tradition dating back to 1924, an annual cricket contest is held between Ananda College and Nalanda College Colombo. The two schools have contributed many players to the Sri Lanka national cricket team, including the old Anandians Sidath Wettimuny recipient of Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1985, Arjuna Ranatunga (who captained the Sri Lanka Cricket team to victory in the 1996 Cricket World Cup and who was also named as a Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1999), former mod captain Marvan Atapattu and T20 captain Dinesh Chandimal.

Ananda Daham Pasala

Ananda Daham Pasala (ආනන්ද දහම් පාසල/Ananda Dhamma School) is the Sunday school of Ananda College. It was started in 2004 as a project of the 81 group.

Olcott Oration

Olcott oration is an annual event organized by the old boys association of Ananda College, which commemorate the founder Colonel Henry Steel Olcott of Ananda College and other leading Buddhist schools in Sri Lanka. Every year famous personalities who educated at Ananda College, share their own experience for the "Olcott oration" and renowned dignitaries who have delivered the oration in the past, include Prof. Nimal Rajapakshe, Prof. Sumedha Chandana Wirasinghe and Prof. Ravindra Fernando.

Colonel H.S. Olcott, founder of Ananda College

College war memorial

The Ananda College war memorial is situated in front of the Henry Steel Olcott Hall and is dedicated to alumni of Ananda college who died while members of the Sri Lankan armed forces. Lieutenant A. P. N. C. De S. Vaas Gunawardene on 23 July 1983 became the first Anandian officer to sacrifice his life while in the Military. The plaque bears the names of old Anandians who were killed in the line of duty which includes the names of 45 war heroes from the Sri Lanka Army, and many more names of war heroes from the Sri Lanka Navy and the Sri Lanka Air Force. Ananda College OBA organises an annual "Ananda Viruharasara" event to honour the military dead.

Past Principals

Name Entered office Departed office
D.M.L.P. Dissanayake February 2022 Present
S. M. Keerthirathna August 2016 January 2022
Kithsiry Liyanagamage May 2013 August 2016
Bvt. Col. L. M. D. Dharmasena November 2009 May 2013
D.M.L.P. Dissanayake (acting) September 2008 November 2009
B. A. Abeyrathne January 2001 June 2008
T. B. Damunupola June 1995 January 2001
A. P. Guneratne October 1987 June 1995
Col. V. S. Kudaligama January 1982 October 1987
S. K. Nettananda January 1981 January 1982
Bvt. Col. G. W. Rajapaksha May 1969 January 1981
Lt. Col. E. A. Perusinghe October 1964 May 1969
M. W. Karunananda January 1962 October 1964
S. A. Wijayatilake January 1955 December 1961
L. H. Mettananda November 1945 December 1954
A. B. Perera May 1943 November 1945
P. De S. Kularatne November 1938 April 1943
S. De S. Jayaratne (acting) April 1938 November 1938
P. De S. Kularatne April 1936 March 1938
L. H. Mettananda July 1935 March 1936
L. H. Mettananda (acting) November 1932 April 1935
P. De S. Kularatne January 1923 July 1932
G. P. Malalasekara (acting) January 1923 July 1923
P. De S. Kularatne January 1918 December 1922
C. V. Ranawake (acting) April 1917 December 1917
 Fritz Kunz January 1914 March 1917
Dandiris de Silva (acting) November 1913 January 1914
 M. U. Moore April 1910 November 1913
Don Baron Jayatilaka May 1909 April 1910
 J. T. Davis January 1908 April 1909
Don Baron Jayatilaka December 1898 December 1907
A. E. Buultjens January 1890 December 1898
Charles Webster Leadbeater November 1886 October 1889

Our Great Teachers

Alumni Of Ananda College

Refetence form Wikipedia