Schools

Richmond College

Richmond College (Sinhala: රිච්මන්ඩ් විද්‍යාලය) is a primary and secondary school in Galle, Sri Lanka. It was established in 1814 by Wesleyan Missionaries as “The Galle School”, the first Methodist School in Asia. In 1882, it was renamed as “Richmond College”. It is considered to be the oldest operating school in Sri Lanka. Richmond College is currently a national school funded by the Government of Sri Lanka.

History

Richmond College main hall

Richmond College was established in 1814. Its founder was the Wesleyan Missionary, Benjamin Clough. In 1876, it was renamed the Galle High School and elevated to “superior school” status. In 1882, it was renamed Richmond College.

Samuel Langdon was the first principal of the Galle High School, and Rowse Wilkins was the first principal of Richmond College. The school began with a staff of eight, who taught 104 students when the Richmond Hill and Magalle schools amalgamated with the Galle School.

Latin, mathematics, science, art and religion were taught. Students were trained to sit for British public examinations. A prize giving ceremony was held annually from 1814. In 1878, a library with five hundred books was opened.

In 1887, the College published its first magazine and an English literary union and cricket team were formed. In 1894, under the leadership of the principal, the Reverend Horatius Hartley, the Richmond College Old Boys’ Association was formed and a cadet corps was established.

In 1986, Richmond College was recognised as a national college.

Superintendents and principals

Methodist missionary superintendents:

  • Benjamin Clough (1814 – 1815)
  • George Erskine (1815 – 1816)
  • Samuel Broadbent (June and July 1815)
  • Robert Carver (June and July 1815)
  • Thomas Squance (1815 – 1817)
  • James Lynch (1816 – 1817)

The Galle School and branch schools (1817 – 1859):

  • John Callaway (1817)
  • John McKenney (1818 – 1819)
  • Samuel Allen (1819 – 1822)
  • John Callaway (1821 – 1824)
  • Alexander Hume (1820 – 1821)
  • Alexander Hume (1824 – 1825)
  • Richard Stoup (1824 – 1829)
  • Samuel Allen (1825 – 1828)
  • John McKenney (1828– 1834)
  • Elijah Toyne (1833 – 1840)
  • Charles William de Hoedt (1836)
  • William Bridgnell (1841 – 1849)
  • W. H. A. Dickson (1847 – 1851)
  • Joseph Rippon (1851 – 1860)

Richmond Institution – Richmond Hill Anglo-Vernacular School (1859):

  • John Scott (1860 – 1864)
  • George Baugh (1864 – 1866)
  • Thomas Roberts (1866 – 1869)
  • James Nicholson (1867 – 1875)
  • George Baugh (1875 – 1877)

After 1876:

  • Samuel Langdon (1876 – 1879)
  • Robert Tebb BSc( London)MA(Cantab)(1879)
  • Samuel Hill (1879 – 1882)

Richmond College (1882 to 1962):

  • Samuel R. Wilkins (1882 – 1888)
  • Arthur Triggs (1888 – 1893)
  • Horatius Hartley (1893 – 1896)
  • James Horne Darrell BSc( Cambs) MA(Cantab)(1896 – 1906)
  • Percy T. Cash (1914 – 1915)
  • W. J. T. Small (1906 – 1922)
  • Alec A. Sneath MA(Manch)(1922 – 1939)
  • John Dalby MA(Oxon)(1939 – 1940)
  • E. R. de Silva MA(1940 – 1957), first Ceylonese principal
  • A. Shelton Wirasinghe BA(1957 – 1961)
  • Claude Ivor de Silva BA(1961), acting

Richmond College (1962 onwards):

  • D. G. Welikala BSc(1962 – 1971)
  • J. Munasinghe BA(1971 – 1973)
  • S. Kariyawasam BSc(1973 – 1977)
  • N. P. G. Amarakeerthi BA(1978 – 1979)
  • B. Suriarachchi BSc(1979 – 1986)
  • S. Illaperuma BSc(1986 – 1994)
  • W. N. R. P. Daniyas MEd(1995 – 2007)
  • G. S. V. B. Shanthasiri – acting
  • E. M. S. Ekanayake MSc(2008 – 2016)
  • Sampath Weragoda[7](2016 – current)

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