Past Principals

 

 

Mr. L. H. Meththananda
1925-1926

When Nalanda registered as a separate school, Mr. L.H.Meththanand who at that time was the head master was appointed as as the first principal on the 1st November 1925. He was in office for two months.


Prof. Gunapala Malalasekara
Prof. Gunapala Malalasekara

Prof. Gunapala Malalasekara 
1926-1927

Prof. Gunapala Malalasekara took over his duties as the principal of Nalanda, on the 1st January 1926,when he returned to the country, after completing his Masters degree in England. He took a courageous effort in trying to raise money to build the necessary infrastructure and in the process initiated the project "Nalanda Kusumdhina". These noble efforts can be seen reflected in contemporary editions of the newspapers such as "Sinhala Boudhaya ", "Sarasavi Sadharasa ", "Sinhala Jathiya " etc.

   

Mr. G. K. W. Perera
Mr. G. K. W. Perera

Mr. G. K. W. Perera
1927-1928

Mr. Malalasekara's, successor was Mr. G. K. W. Perera. His period in office was very short. - 1927 to 1928.


Mr. J. N. Jinendradasa
Mr. J. N. Jinendradasa

Mr. J. N. Jinendradasa
1928-1946

Mr. J. N. Jinendradasa was appointed as the principal in 1928. He was in office for 18 years till 1946. During this period a new auditorium and a library were opened. The school was restructured into two sections as the primary school and the post primary school. He was a man who had a great affection towards Arts. Thus the period saw, a significant development in that field. He was well backed by Ven. S. Mahinda, a renowned poet and Pani Bharath, a dramatist who were members of the staff at that time.

 


 


Mr. D. C. Lowris
Mr. D. C. Lowris

Mr. D. C. Lowris
1947-1952

During the period, from 1947 to 1952 Mr. D. C. Lowris was the principalof Nalanda. A significant event during this period was the laying of the foundation stone for a new building for the post primary school by Mr. D. S. Senanayaka, the first prime minister after independence.


Mr. M. de S. Jayarathne
Mr. M. de S. Jayarathne

Mr. M. de S. Jayarathne
1953-1955

His successor, Mr. M. de S. Jayarathne took over his duties as the principal in 1953 and continued, till 1955. The College Pavilion and another temporary building capable of housing 12 classrooms were built during his time.


Mr. M. W. Karunananda
Mr. M. W. Karunananda

Mr. M. W. Karunananda
1956-1962

Mr. M. W. Karunananda was appointed as the principal in 1956.He was in office till 1962. The period gave rise to the much-debated issue "whether Science should be taught in Sinhala?" At a time when many eminent people in the country were speculating about it's eventual outcome, Mr. Karunananda took a stern stand, and
gave the GO AHEAD for the project! He was also among the first translators who worked dedicatedly to make Sinhala translations of accessory literature, available to students. The event marked an epoch in the history of National Education and Nalandians were among the first batch of students, to benefit from this new scheme. It also proves the fact that Nalanda stood not only for a religious resurgence, but was also equipped to bring about a revival in the Sinhala language as well.


Mr. K. M. W. Kuruppu
Mr. K. M. W. Kuruppu

Mr. K. M. W. Kuruppu
1962-1963

Mr. K. M. W. Kuruppu was the principal during the period 1962 - 1963.



Mr. D. J. Edirisinghe
Mr. D. J. Edirisinghe

Mr. D. J. Edirisinghe
1963-1964

Mr. D. J. Edirisinghe was the principal during the period 1963 - 1964.


Mr. Gunapala Wickramarathne
Mr. Gunapala Wickramarathne

Mr. Gunapala Wickramarathne
1964-1969

Then the Minister of Education, Mr. I. M. R. A. Iriyagolla, appointed Mr. Gunapala Wickramarathne as the next principal of Nalanda in 1964. Nalanda went from strength to strength under the helmsmanship of Mr. Wickramarathne. He cared much about discipline among students and was keen on maintenance as well. Mr. Wickramarathne 
acquired the Industrial school "Thuckshila" to Nalanda. He regrouped all classes from grade 1 to 7 as the primary section under the authority of Mr. Dharma Gunasinghe. Mr. Wickramarathne left Nalanda in 1969.when he was promoted as an administrative officer for the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.



Mr. Sugunadhasa Athukorala
Mr. Sugunadhasa Athukorala

Mr. Sugunadhasa Athukorala
1969-1982

Mr. Sugunadhasa Athukorala assumed duties as the principal in 1969. Under his guidance Nalanda enjoyed one of its distinguished eras. He added many laboratories, classrooms, libraries, a hostel and the Malalasekara Hall to the existing collection of infrastructure so that Nalanda could open its doors for many more students. Along with this extra facilities came a wave of success in all spheres of academic and sports.

During the period an attempt was made to establish international relations and in the process foreign languages namely, Russian and French were taught. A student exchange program with Canada was also launched. Students and Teachers, who were fluent in Russian, went to Soviet Union to take part in the annual "Arctic" Holiday Camp many times.


Mr. Dharama Gunasinghe
Mr. Dharama Gunasinghe

Mr. Dharama Gunasinghe
1982-1990

Mr. Dharama Gunasinghe, joined Nalanda staff as a Science teacher. Later he was promoted as the sectional head of the primary section. Mr. Gunasinghe became the principal of Nalanda in 1982 when Mr. Athukorala left Nalanda after 14 years of dedicated work to retire from government service. He saw to it that Nalanda was well maintained in a very elegant manner. He also furnished the Malalasekara Hall, which 
was declared opened on the 23rd June 1990 by the then Minster of Education and Higher Education, Mr. Lalith Athulathmudhali. Hon. Speaker Mr. M. H. M. Mohamad also took part.



Mr. D. G. Sumanasekara
Mr. D. G. Sumanasekara

Mr. D. G. Sumanasekara
1990-1994

Mr. Dharama Gunasinghe left Nalanda in 1990 and was succeeded by Mr. D. G. Sumanasekara who at that time was the principal of Mahanama Vidyalaya, Colombo. Mr. D. G. Sumanasekara worked hard to improve curricular and extra-curricular, performance of students. Discipline, Punctuality and Attire became key issues of day-to-day life at Nalanda. This motivation resulted in a huge forward leap in standards of every thing from the morning assembly to the school closure in the evening.

The period also saw the laying of the foundation stone for a new three-story building comprising of 11 classrooms. This, was first put into use during Mr. Edward Ranasinghe's time. Construction work of the New Language Laboratory.


Mr. Edward Ranasinghe
Mr. Edward Ranasinghe

Mr. Edward Ranasinghe
1994-1999

Mr. Edward Ranasinghe was appointed as the principal in 1994 at a time when the importance of English education was being emphasized in various forums. Acting in unison, he launched a project to promote usage of English language among students. An English debating team was also established. Steps were taken to upgrade the playground. Ministry of sports and the old boys association funded the project. 


Mr. H.U. Premathilka
Mr. H.U. Premathilka

Mr. H.U. Premathilka
1999 -2010

You were the guiding light of the sons of nalanda for a decade .you have understood the skills and talents of the sons and made them come out with flying colours in various aspects .Nalandians achieved the first, second and third places in the island .you upheld Nalanda in the high rank in ladder of arts and sports .your guidance made the Nalandians a set of polite and graceful sons.

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