Hartley College

Hartley College
ஹாட்லிக் கல்லூரி
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Coordinates 9°49′40.20″N 80°13′58.20″E / 9.8278333°N 80.2328333°E / 9.8278333; 80.2328333Coordinates: 9°49′40.20″N 80°13′58.20″E / 9.8278333°N 80.2328333°E / 9.8278333; 80.2328333
School type Public provincial (APS) 1AB
Motto Fiat lux
(Let there be light)
Founded 1838; 182 years ago (1838)
Founder Peter Percival
School district Vadamarachi Education Zone
School number 1007026
Principal T. Mugunthan
Teaching staff 52
Grades 6-13
Gender Boys
Age range 11-18
School roll 206
Language Tamil, English
Website hartley.lk

Hartley College (Tamil: ஹாட்லிக் கல்லூரி Hāṭlik Kallūri) is a provincial school in Point Pedro, Sri Lanka.[1][2] Founded in 1838 by British Methodist missionaries, it is one of Sri Lanka's oldest schools. The school is named after Wesleyan priest and missionary Rev. Hartley.


Methodist missionaries from Britain arrived in Ceylon on 29 June 1814. The Wesleyan Mission Central School was founded in 1838 by Rev. Dr. Peter Percival.[3][4] The school is located at the current location of the Methodist Girls' High School. The school transferred to its current site in 1874.[3] The school was renamed Christ Church School in 1912 and Hartley College in 1916.[3][4]

Most private schools in Ceylon were taken over by the government in 1960. Hartley College becomes a publicly funded school on 1 December 1960.[4]

Following arson by the Sri Lankan government forces in 1984, the school moved to Puttalai from 1985 to 1990.[3] In 1989, the school appeared on a postage stamp issued to commemorate its 150th anniversary.[3] From 1996 to 2002, part of the school was occupied by the Sri Lanka Army, and the school remains in a high security zone.[5] In 2005, part of the school was destroyed by a grenade thrown from a motorcycle.[6]



  • 1838-60 Rev. Dr. Peter Percival
  • 1861-68 Rev. D. P. Niles
  • 1868- Samuel Hensman
  • -1878 J. C. T. Sherrard[9]
  • 1906 S. A. Paulpillai
  • 1906-12 S. S. Kanapathipillai[9]
  • 1912-15 E. S. Abraham
  • 1915-43 C. P. Thamotheram[10][11]
  • 1943-67 K. Pooranampillai[9][12]
  • 1967-71 S. Ratnasabapathy
  • 1971-73 C. Rajathurai
  • 1973-75 P. Ahamparam
  • 1975-85 W. N. S. Samuel
  • 1985-93 P. Balasingam
  • 1993-97 K. Nadarajah
  • 1997-99 P. Venugopalavanithasan
  • 1999-00 N. Gunaseelan
  • 2000-02 M. Sripathy
  • 2003-05 V. Pathmanathan
  • 2005-14 N. Theivendraraja
  • 2014- T. Mugunthan

Notable teachers

Name Year Notability Reference
K. S. Arulnandhy Deputy Director of Education (1946–1950) [13]
Herbert Thambiah Chief Justice of Sri Lanka (1991) [14]

Notable alumni

Name Notability Reference
K. Alvapillai Permanent Secretary – Minister of Agriculture and Food (1953–1959), Permanent Secretary – Minister of Commerce and Trade (1959–1965) [15][16]
T. E. Anandaraja Inspector General of Police (2002–2003) [17][18]
V. Anandasangaree member of parliamentJaffna (2000–2004), Kilinochchi (1970–1983) [19][20]
K. D. Arulpragasam Vice-Chancellor Eastern University, Sri Lanka (1986–1989) [21]
Christie Jayaratnam Eliezer Dean – School of Physical Sciences La Trobe University, Dean – Faculty of Science University of Malaya, Dean – Faculty of Science University of Ceylon [22][23][24]
K. Ganeshalingam Mayor of Colombo (1996–1997) [23][25]
A. Gnanathasan Deputy Solicitor General (1999–2008) [26][27]
K. Kanapathypillai head – Department of Tamil University of Ceylon (1947–1965) [28]
Ian Karan Minister of Economic Affairs for Hamburg (2010–2011), Member of Senate of Hamburg [29][30]
C. Loganathan General Manager Bank of Ceylon (1953–1969) [23][31]
Captain Miller (Vallipuram Vasanthan) member Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, first Black Tiger [32][33][34][35]
M. Nadarajasundaram dean – Management Studies and Commerce University of Jaffna (1999–2005) [36]
P. B. Premachandra Air Vice Marshall Chief of staff Air Force (2006–?) [37]
J. M. Rajaratnam Vice President Singer Company [38]
Rudra Rajasingham Inspector General of Police (1982–1985) [18]
K. B. Ratnayake Speaker Parliament of Sri Lanka (1994–2000), Governor of Central Province (2001–2002) [23][39][40]
Vaithilingam Sornalingam (aka Colonel Shankar) member Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam [41][42]
M. Sivapalan engineer, hydrologist, academic [43]
C. J. T. Thamotheram educationalist, founder Association of Commonwealth Teachers [44][45][46]
A. Thurairajah Vice-Chancellor University of Jaffna (1988–1994) [47]
A. Veluppillai academic, historian, author [48]
Ratnasiri Wickremanayake Prime Minister (2000–2001, 2005–2010), member parliamentHorana (1960–1977), Kalutara (1994–2010)

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