History of Mahanama College
Primary classes were in a building near Thurstan college. In 1974, during Mr. T. N. Silvas period the junior school at Thurstan college moved to its present location – Mahanama College. In 1975, 130 students at for the N. G. C. E. examination and 107 students passed the exam. The government donated 7 acres of land as the school expanded at its present location.
In 1976 there were several two-storey buildings. Through the dedication and effort of Mr. K. N. P. de Silva, the principal and the support of the parents the school developed continuously. Principal Mr. K. N. P. de Silva worked hard to develop the school and retired on the 5th of February 1986 with the blessings of students, staff and parents.
The succeeding principal Mr. D. G. Sumanasekara, during his tenure the school developed rapidly and became compentitive in sports activities, extracurricular while performing exceptionally well in curricular work also. Mahanama College was ranked among the best schools for its performance in G. C. E. Advance level examination.
The next principal Mr. K. K. Rathnadasa, continued the status of the school further. During this period the computer section was established and childres’ park was created. The annual carnival ‘Foot Loose’ was organized during this period.
The dedication and commitment to the growth of the school the next principal, Mr. G. Liyanage has to be praised. He has been instrumental in building a three storey building with an art gallery. During this time the school laboratories and computer sections were improved and buildings were renovated and laid the foundation for the building of a full theatre and auditorium.
Mr. W. M. Premalal Kumarasiri new computer labs were built and the new maths section was constructed. The former principal was held basic discussions and implemented the annual cricket encounter “battle of the Gold” with D. S. Senanayek College. As a result of that Rugger and Basketball annual matches, Teachers matches. Prefects matches debates, minor staff matches and walks were organizing in relation to the big match.
Later on Mr. Senerath Bandara assumed duties as the acting principal from year 2012. He could laid the foundation to reunite the O. B. A., teachers and parents which is very assent factors to develop the school. He subscribed to improve the computer labs, Science labs with sophisticated modern equipments with that all the students could improve their practical knowledge.
From October of year 2014, Bvt. Col Prasanna Upashantha assumed duties as the principal of Mahanama College, Colombo 3 and he preforms his duties with a real sence and with a strong vision, in developing the school up to the standards of a leading school in Sri Lanka.
While implementing numerous developing projects on both physical and human resources, he tries to steer the college ahead with a strong detemination, together with the students, academic & non academic staff, OBA, Parents and with the well-wishes, up to date.
|School Founder’s Day||1994-01-05|
|Name of Founder Principal||Ven. Wehalle Dhammanande Thero|
|Number of students in founded day||05|
|School Type||I AB ( National School )|
|Number of class and students
(20th January 2014)
| Primary section (Grade 1-5) - 28 Classes(1242 students)
Junior section (Grade 6-9) - 32 Classes (1464 students)
Junior Secondary section (grade 10/11) - 16 Classes (754 students)
|G.C.E. (A/L) Section|| Science Section (Grade 12/13) - 10 Classes(290 students)
Commerce Section (Grade 12/13) - 08 Classes (316 students)
Art Section (Grade 12/13) - 03 Classes (102 students)
|Examination Department Issued
|Academic staff strength||168 Teachers|
|Non-academic staff strength||32|
|School colours||White, Gold and Yellow|
|School houses||Meththa House
|Name of the Principal||Start Date||End Date|
|   Ven wehalle Dhammananda Thero||05-01-1954||18-02-1959|
|   Mr. J.D.A. Jayakody||01-01-1960||30-08-1964|
|   Mr. R.C. Perera||03-09-1964||08-01-1965|
|   Mr. W.R.F. Fernando||15-06-1965||03-02-1967|
|   Mr. E.S. wijesuriya||03-02-1967||31-08-1968|
|   Mr. A.B.J.L. Fernando||01-09-1968||31-10-1968|
|   Mr. N.E. Fernando||01-11-1968||30-12-1973|
|   Mr. T.S. Silva||16-04-1974||31-08-1975|
|   Mr. N.E. Fernando||01-09-1975||25-01-1976|
|   Mr. K.N.P. De Silva||26-01-1976||20-01-1987|
|   Mr. D.G. Sumanasekera||01-05-1987||31-08-1990|
|   Mr. K.K. Rathnadasa||01-09-1990||17-03-1999|
|   Mr. G. Liyanage||19-05-1999||31-12-2002|
|   Mr. W.H. Premalal Kunarasiri||11-02-2003||17-03-2014|
|   Bravo Cornel Prasanna Upashantha||24-10-2013|