|Dharmapala Vidyalaya Pannipitiya|
Thumehi Kichchan Athappan (Buddhist quote from the Dhammapada).
|Established||December 8, 1940|
|Principal||Mr. K. G. Wimalasena|
|Color(s)||Maroon and Purple|
|Affiliation||Ministry of Education|
Donation of the land
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
Dharmapala Vidyalaya has 6000+ students and 300+ teaching staff on a campus of 18 acres (73,000 m2) 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.
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.
- - 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.
- Somabandu Vidyapathi - 1st student and greatest artist
- Ratnasiri Wickremanayake - former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
- Oliver Ranasinghe - former Commander of Sri Lankan Air Force
- Rohan Daluwatte - former Commander of Sri Lankan Army, former Ambassador to Brazil
- Tissa Abeysekara - filmmaker, writer, and director
- Soma Edirisinghe - corporate executive (former chairperson EAP Holdings), film producer, philanthropist, social worker
- Kusal Perera - international cricketer
- Eva Wansundera - Supreme Court judge
- Ravi Bandu Vidyapathi - greatest dancer
- Rohana Weerasinghe - musician
- Sampath Perera - Assistant Director (Education,Research & Conservation), Colombo, Sri Lanka
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.