College was founded in the year 1838. It is one of the brightest stars
in the educational firmament of Sri Lanka. She began as an Elementary
English school with the name “Wesleyan Mission Central School”
and attained Senior Secondary status by the turn of the century with a
progress that was phenomenal. The secret of this success was vision and
the mission of her Founder his successors and her teachers.
The Founder was the Rev.Dr.Peter Percival, M.A, D.D, a distinguished scholar
and Educationist, who later became the Professor of Oriental studies at
the University of Madras in India and who compiled the English-Tamil Dictionary
and translated the Bible into Tamil.
School which was subsequently named “Christ Church School”
(four decades later), got the present name ‘ Hartley College”
in the year 1917 in honour of the Rev. Marshall Hartley who laid the foundation
for a Science Laboratory.
Sixteen (16) Principals assisted by resourceful teachers have already
served the College gloriously rivaling each other in their devotion and
dedication. Of these 16,three merit honourable mention by the length,
versatility and significance of their service. First, Mr.J.C.T.Sherrard,
who rendered germane and yeoman service as Head master and Assistant Teacher
during the period 1875 to 1915. Second, Mr.C.P.Thamotheram who raised
the College to the height of excellence in Science, Mathematics and Games
during the period 1915 to 1943. Third, Mr. K.Pooranampillai who gave the
College’s fame a multi-faceted dimension during his tenure from
1943 to 1967 and still remains the architect of modern Hartley.
Hartley has withstood many a vicissitude – a fatal epidemic in 1850,two
world wars, a cyclone in 1960 and two decades of ethnic strife. During
the ethnic war, she was displaced from her hallowed precincts by military
operations, which burnt her Library with 6,690 volumes of books and caused
severe damage to her buildings thereby rendering her a refugee in 1984.
Consequently, she was temporarily housed at Puttalai Maha Vidiyalaya –
03 kilometers away – during the period 1985 to 1989. The buildings
were handed back by the IPKF to the Principal in 1989 and the entire school
was shifted back to the old site in 1990. Nevertheless, the Army went
into occupation of part of the premises on 15.05.1996 and withdrew only
in late 2002. Yet by the resourcefulness of her teachers and the intelligence
and industry of her pupils she continues to remain resplendent in the
academic field true to her motto “ FIAT LUX” (Let there be
light – The light that will dispel the darkness of ignorance, selfishness
and avarice) while her distinguished Alumni, adorning the top echelons
of scholarly disciplines and professions both at home and abroad are keeping
our Gold and Blue Flag flying as high as ever.
Despite the turmoil in the country, the Past Pupils’ Association
in Colombo under the dynamic leadership of its President -late Prof. A.Thurairajah
– and its indefatigable Secretary – Mr.Chella Padmanathan
– successfully managed to boost the image of Hartley College by
issuing a commemorative postage stamp depicting the college colours and
crest carrying a denomination of Cents =/75, apart from a dainty wall
clock on 5th June,1989 in Colombo for celebrating the 150th year of the
The College is now under the leadership of Mr.V.Pathamanathan, who assumed
duties as Principal in February, 2003. Despite the peace process which
is going on, the school is still under what is known as High Security
Zone, there by restricting access to students and teachers only.
the calamities faced by the college over the years, she continued to produce
excellent results, a brief synopsis of which is given below.
get 4 ‘A’ s at AL
4 ‘A’ s at AL and K.Ramakrishnan gets the highest score
4 ‘A’s at AL , only school to get these results in the
island and T.Kugarajah obtains the highest aggregate in the island
8 Distinctions in all eight subjects in the OL and 1 obtained 4 ‘A’s
Engineering Faculty and 10 entered Medical Faculty. T.Anandakumar
obtains the highest aggregate in the island.
4 ‘A’s, in the AL becoming first in the District and 6th
in the island.
|| 4 got
4 ‘A’s in AL, and one of them R.Muhunthan came 1st in
the District and 2nd in the island.
4 ‘A’s in AL.
obtains 3 ‘A’s in AL coming first in the District.
obtains 3 ‘A’s in AL, coming 1st in the District and 12th
in the island.