Landing of the Methodist Missionaries in Galle.
10th August 1814
Arrival of Messrs. Lynch and Squance in Jaffna.
1st August 1816
Purchased the Site for the School from the Government by Rev. James Lynch.
Jaffna Wesleyan English School founded.
The school transferred to Vembadi Site.
Arrival Of Rev. Dr.Peter Percival.
Re-named the School, "The Jaffna Central School"
Visit of His Excellency the Governor, the Hon. J.A. Stewart Mackenzie. Receipt of First Government Grant of Stg.150/-
Rev. Dr. Peter Percival retired
Preparatory Department opened at St. Paul’s, Chapel Street
Vannarponnai English School started
Boarding Department housed at "Hope Cottage" (the present site of Wesley House")
Mr. Samuel Grenier appointed as the Head master who later became the First Supreme Court Judge of Ceylon. Rev. William Barber appointed Principal
The First Public Examination and Prize-Giving
Rev. William Talbot appointed Principal Mr. William Nevins appointed Head-master
Rev. John Mitchell appointed Principal
Mr. John O. Rhodes appointed Principal Latin introduced as a Subject
Affiliated to the Madras University
Collegiate Department formed Rev. D. P. Niles acted as Principal
Rev. S. R. Wilkin appointed Principal
Rev. William R. Winston appointed Principal
Mr. Edward Strutt appointed Principal
Rev. F. M. Webster, B.A., appointed Principal
Rev. F. M. Webster introduced Cricket for the first time into Jaffna.
Thomas Little Esqr., appointed Principal
Mr. William J. G. Bestall appointed Principal
Joseph West , Esqr., appointed Principal
Rev. A. E. Restarick appointed Principal College Y.M.C.A. founded College Literary Association inaugurated
Mr. William Nevins retired Rev. D. P. Niles returned
Rev. Sheldon Knapp appointed Principal
Rev. E. M. Weaver appointed Principal
Rev. W. T. Garret, B.A., appointed Principal
Rev. Gabriel Leese appointed Principal Football (Soccer) I ntroduced Mr. J. K. Chanmukam , B.A., L.T., appointed Head-Master
Rev. W. T. Garret, B.A., returned as Principal
Affiliated with the Calcutta University
Won the Gymkhana Cup
Rev. G. B. Robeson acted as Principal
Rev. E. O. Martin acted as Principal
Rev. A. Lockwood acted as Principal Rev. W.T. Garret B.A., returned as Principal. Mr. W.R. Cooke arrived.
Visit of Mr. (Sir) S. M. Burrows, director of Public Instruction
Rev. W. M. P. Wilkes, B.A., L.C.P., appointed Principal
College Magazine " The Central" published The Central Crest and Colours designed Inauguration of a College building fund
T. Saravanamuttu passed the F.A. of the Calcutta University obtaining First Class Honours and coming 16th in order of merit Visit of Sir Henry Blake, Governor of Ceylon
Visit of Dr. and Mrs. Ananda K. Coomaraswamy Mr. W. Romaine Cooke went on furlough Cambridge Junior Local Class formed
28th December 1906
Inauguration of Old Boys Association - Jaffna Branch.
Mr. W. R. Cooke returned First Old Boys’ Day Celebrations Cambridge Senior local Class formed T. Cooke Jayaratnam obtained a First Class in the Cambridge Junior Local, Coming 8th in order of merit in the Island
Won the Prize Football Cup Visit of Sir Henry McCallum, Governor of Ceylon Rev. W. M. P. Wilkes transferred to Point Petro Rev. H. A. Meek , B.A., appointed principal
25th September 1908
Foundation laid for the present Assembly Hall
Prize Football Cup won 2nd time
Prize Football Cup won 3rd time Rev. H. A. Meek, B.A., retired Rev. W. M. P. Wilkes, B.A., returned as Principal Opening of the New Building by Mrs. G. J. Trimmer Staging of the First English Play completely at Central
A. R. Rasiah won the Hewavitharne Science Prize
Won the Union Jack at the Sports Meet
Won the Doraiswamy Cricket Cup Visit of Sir (Lord) Robert Chalmers, Governor of Ceylon
Rev. W. M. P. Wilkes retired Rev. E. T. Selby acted as Principal Scout Movement inaugurated Mr. J. W. Arudpragasam, B.A., joined
Rev. H. Bullough, M. A., B.Sc., arrived W. R. Cooke, Esqr., retired Muttucumaru Football Cup won
Opened a New Dormitory (the present Dining Hall) Bracketed Champions in the Inter-Collegiate Gymkhana Meet
Visit of Sir William Manning, Governor of Ceylon Visit of Sir John Randles, M.P. Death of Mr. S. A. Edward, B. A., L.T. Cup Pack organised Muttucumaru Football Cup won (Final)
Percival Hall opened Commercial class formed
Inter-Collegiate Athletics Championship won Rev. H. Bullough retired Rev. H. R. Cornish acted as Principal
Rev. Percy T. Cash, B.A., B.Sc., (London) arrived
Mr. L. P. Spencer, B. A., transferred to Kilner College Union College started
London Intermediate Classes formed. Botany introduced as a subject. House System organized. New Building scheme inaugurated. Foundation laid for the Two Storied Building. A. Kulanayagam won the Sir Marcus Fernando All-Ceylon Agricultural. Scholarship. The Tamil Kazhagam inaugurated. Y.M.C.A. affiliated to the Student Christian Movement of India, Burma, and Ceylon. Social Service League inaugurated The Master’ Fellowship formed The Temperance League inaugurated Visit of Sir William Manning, Governor of Ceylon
T. M. Z. Mahamooth , P. C. Selvaratnam and W. A. Wijayaretnam chosen to represent Ceylon at the International Scout Jamboree held in Wembley, London.
Sanskrit and Music introduced as subjects Teachers’ Guild inaugurated Visit of Rev. W. T. Barber, M.A., D. D. Visit of Sir Cecil Clementi (Acting Governor)
Sir Hugh Clifford, Governor of Ceylon opened :- The William Paul Botanical Laboratory The William Romaine Cooke Library The Geographical Laboratory The Art Room
Mr. J. K. Chanmukam, B.A., L.T., acted as Principal Rev. Percy T. Cash went on furlough
27th November 1927
Visit of Mahatma Gandhi
Rev. Percy T. Cash returned Mr. J. K. Chanmukam retired
Mr. J. W. Arudpragasam, B.A., and Mr. O. L. Gibbon, M.A., appointed Co-Vice Principals Rev. W. J. Noble visited the College
Death of Mr. J. K. Chanmukam Vembadi-Central Recreation Club formed. Sir Herbert Stanley, Governor of Ceylon , presided at the College Prize Distribution Hon. Mr. M.T. Akbar, K.C., visited the College
New Hostel Buildings opened
W. R. N. Nathaniel won the Sir Marcus Fernando Scholarship Malayan Branch of the Old Boys’ Association formed Hon. Mr. P. J. Macdonnel, Chief Justice of the Island, visited. Death of Mr. G. W. Tamber. Rev. Percy T. Cash went on furlough.
Mr. R. J. Seal, M.Sc., acted as Principal V. S. Ariaretnam won the Sir Marcus Fernando Scholarship S. Kandiah represented the Northern Province Boys’ Scout Association at the International Jamboree held in Budapest Old boy Professor Kandiah was awarded the doctorate of science by the University of London. The first Srilankan to obtain this highest qualification in science.
Rev. Percy T. Cash returned as Principal
Centenary of the renaming of the school as Jaffna Central School in 1834 was celebrated on a large scale.
"Jaffna Central College": Centenary Memorial Edition was published.
Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore visited JCC
1940 – 1942
Mr. R. S. D. Williams B.A., Dip. Ed., as Principal
Free Education scheme of the Government was adopted at the College. Rev. C.A. Smith B.A. Honours L.Th was appointed principal
Our student N Ethirveerasingham at the age of 20 participated in high jump at the Olympic Games geld in Helsinki, Finland, representing the country and the only student. Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India visited the school.
Rev. Dr. D. T. Niles became Principal of the College.
The Golden Jubilee celebration of the Old Boys’ Association.
All schools in the island other the ones opted to be private were taken by the state.
A.E. Tamber became the Principal.
The property of the school was vested in the crown by Gazette notification.
A non-Centralite or Wesleyan Methodist, Mr. E. Sabalingam, was made principal.
The centenary of the introduction of Cricket into Jaffna by Rev. F. Webster, Principal, was celebrated.
Celebrated the 150th anniversary. Published the Central 1984 souvenir.
The college and its building were badly damaged or destroyed by aerial bombing during the ethnic war. Mr. N. K. Shanmuganathapillai was appointed as Principal.
1st May 1993
The special committee appointed by the Old Boys’ Association to determine the date of founding of the College concluded its finding. First of August 1816 as the date of founding of the college. The 175th anniversary souvenir was released.
The college was made a National School.
7th September 1996
The Philatelic Bureau of the Department of Posts issued a postage stamp (with the denomination of Rs. 2) and a First Day Cover to commemorate 180 years of the founding of Jaffna Central College.
Mr. K. Rasathurai was appointed as the Principal.
OBA Colombo Branch, on behalf of the College, published a souvenir to mark 180th Anniversary of the College.
23rd October 1999
OBA Canada launched its Website (www.jccobacanada.com).
Central-St. John's Battle of the North, 100th year Cricket anniversary was celebrated. The Big Match was celebrated in a grand way at the Central Cricket Grounds, Jaffna. OBA Canada released a commemorative Canadian stamp at the Madya Deepam 2001 cultural show.
The historic 100th cricket encounter between Jaffna Central and St.John's college will be held on the 17th,18th and 19th of March,2004 at the central grounds.
Principal Kanapathipillai Rasathurai was killed while attending Saraswathi Pooga with some of the college students in Jaffna.
100th year of the founding of the Old Boy's association of Jaffna Central College. JCCOBA Canada released a centenary magazine to mark this historic event in Toronto, Canada
Mr. L. Orangamoorthy was appointed as the Principal
Prof. Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran M.D. Ph.D, MRCOG, Central Old Boy (1959-1964) and former President of the Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologist was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours
Mr. K. Elilventhan B.A (Jaffna), Diploma in Education, Diploma in School Management was appointed as Principal
Prof. R.K. Guganesharajah (old boy) released a souvenir "Glimpses of 195 years of History" to mark the 195 years of Jaffna Central College
A new swimming pool, first of a kind in the north, was opened at the college by the Excellency President of Sri Lanka, Honourable Mahinda Rajapakse
A statue of the school founder Rev. James Lynch was unveiled in front of the Romaine Cooke Hall
Colombo JCC OBA celebrated the 100th anniversary (1913-2013) of the association and released the souvenir
Several events and functions will organize in the college to mark the 200th anniversary of the college (1816 - 2016)
In 2017 the construction work of a pavilion began in 2017.
Thirteen year guaranteed education and Technology stream was inaugurated at our school.
29th November 2018
Magizhakam (Mental Health & Career guidance unit) was inaugurated at our school.