Tissa Central College (Sinhala: තිස්ස මධ්‍ය විද්‍යාලය Thissa Madhya Vidyālaya), located in Kalutara, Sri Lanka, is a national school.[1] It is the first Buddhist English School in the northern part of the town.[1]

Tissa Central College
තිස්ස මධ්‍ය විද්‍යාලය
Tissa Vidyalaya Road

Coordinates6°36′32″N 79°57′16″E / 6.608754°N 79.954321°E / 6.608754; 79.954321
MottoPali: අපදාන සෝභීනි පඤ්ඤා
Apadāna Sōbhīni Panñā
(Wisdom illuminates character)
Established5 November 1936; 87 years ago (1936-11-05)
PrincipalWilfred Weerasinghe
Grades1 - 13
Colour(s)Maroon and Gold    



The school was founded by Proctor H. A. de Abrew,[2] on 5 November 1936. The first principal appointed to the school was W. S. De Zoysa.[3] The first two teachers at the school were Kusuma Abeywickrama and R. P. Jayawardana.[3]

The school was taken over by the Government on 31 June 1945, along with 54 other schools,[4] under the Central College concept of the Hon. C.W.W. Kannangara.

Today the school has about 3,000 students and more than 100 teachers[2]



The students are divided among four houses, which represent ancient Kings of Sri Lanka:

  • Parakrama - Colour - Blue
  • Vijaya - Colour - Green
  • Abaya- Colour - Purple
  • Gamunu - Colour - Orange





Tissa's cricket team currently plays in Division II – gold category school competitions, along with some of the leading schools in the country.[5]

The college has produced a number of professional cricketers, who now play domestic cricket in the UK and Australia.[6][7]

In 2008, Dinesh Perera won the Mobitel 'Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year' (Outstation Contest),[8] and 'Best Bowler' (Outstation Contest).[8] In 2010 Malith Chathuranga Gunasekera also won the Mobitel 'Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year' (Outstation Contest).[9]

In 2017 Tissa Central College U13 cricket team defeated Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa in the finals of Singer U13 D1 tournament[10] based on bonus match points. Tissa batting was led by skipper Mithira Thenura's century and Shashmika Weerasekara's stubborn 50 runs. Tissa bowling led by Adithya Silva who gave away just 34 runs. Tissa Central reached the under 13 division one final for the first time in their history and they won in their first attempt.[11]

Battle of the Mangosteen


The annual cricket encounter between Kalutara Vidyalaya and Tissa Central College, known as the "Battle of the Mangosteen", has been held since 1949. It is the second-oldest big match between two leading Buddhist schools in Sri Lanka and the 11th longest running big match in Sri Lanka.

Notable alumni

Name Year/degree Notability Reference
Wimal Weerawansa member of parliament - Colombo (2000–present)
Alankara Asanka first-class cricket player
Mendis Wickramasinghe herpetologist
Sanjeewa Munasinghe Permanent Secretary to Ministry of Health, Colonel Commandant of the Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps


  1. ^ a b Chitra Mendis (8 February 2014). "Tissa Madhya Vidyalya National School Kalutara". Sunday Times. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Official Website of Tissa National School PPA". Tissa National School. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b Weerawardana, Sydney. "Kalutara Tissa Central College". Daily News. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  4. ^ Sujitha Miranda (7 July 2013). "Tissa Central moves along successfully". Sunday Times. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  5. ^ "M-20150329-39-SMM" (PDF). schoolboycricketer. www.schoolboycricketer.lk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 May 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  6. ^ Oates, Alex (23 October 2015). "South Barwon unveils Sri Lankan express". Geelong Advertiser. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  7. ^ Battage, Gamini. "Jeewan Chamikara excels in overseas cricket". www.batsman.com. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  8. ^ a b "OBSERVER-MOBITEL Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2008". Sunday Observer. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  9. ^ Fernando, Leslie. "Rajapakse third Royalist to win school cricket's top award". Sunday Observer.
  10. ^ "Tissa Clinch U13 D1title defeating defending Champs". www.batsman.com. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Singer Cup U13 Division 1 Schools Cricket : Tissa Kalutara emerges champion". The Daily News. 6 January 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2017.