Milestone

June 1814

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.

1817

Jaffna Wesleyan English School founded.

1825

The school transferred to Vembadi Site.

1826

Arrival Of Rev. Dr.Peter Percival.

1834

Re-named the School, "The Jaffna Central School"

1839

Visit of His Excellency the Governor, the Hon. J.A. Stewart Mackenzie. Receipt of First Government Grant of Stg.150/-

1851

Rev. Dr. Peter Percival retired

1852

Preparatory Department opened at St. Paul’s, Chapel Street

1853

Vannarponnai English School started

1854

Boarding Department housed at "Hope Cottage" (the present site of Wesley House")

1855

Mr. Samuel Grenier appointed as the Head master who later became the First Supreme Court Judge of Ceylon. Rev. William Barber appointed Principal

1859

The First Public Examination and Prize-Giving

1860

Rev. William Talbot appointed Principal Mr. William Nevins appointed Head-master

1862

Rev. John Mitchell appointed Principal

1867

Mr. John O. Rhodes appointed Principal Latin introduced as a Subject

1869

Affiliated to the Madras University

1870

Collegiate Department formed Rev. D. P. Niles acted as Principal

1873

Rev. S. R. Wilkin appointed Principal

1874

Rev. William R. Winston appointed Principal

1877

Mr. Edward Strutt appointed Principal

1879

Rev. F. M. Webster, B.A., appointed Principal

1881

Rev. F. M. Webster introduced Cricket for the first time into Jaffna.

1882

Thomas Little Esqr., appointed Principal

1883

Mr. William J. G. Bestall appointed Principal

1884

Joseph West , Esqr., appointed Principal

1885

Rev. A. E. Restarick appointed Principal College Y.M.C.A. founded College Literary Association inaugurated

1886

Mr. William Nevins retired Rev. D. P. Niles returned

1888

Rev. Sheldon Knapp appointed Principal

1890

Rev. E. M. Weaver appointed Principal

1891

Rev. W. T. Garret, B.A., appointed Principal

1894

Rev. Gabriel Leese appointed Principal Football (Soccer) I ntroduced Mr. J. K. Chanmukam , B.A., L.T., appointed Head-Master

1896

Rev. W. T. Garret, B.A., returned as Principal

1897

Affiliated with the Calcutta University

1898

Won the Gymkhana Cup

1899

Rev. G. B. Robeson acted as Principal

1900

Rev. E. O. Martin acted as Principal

1901

Rev. A. Lockwood acted as Principal Rev. W.T. Garret B.A., returned as Principal. Mr. W.R. Cooke arrived.

1902

Visit of Mr. (Sir) S. M. Burrows, director of Public Instruction

1903

Rev. W. M. P. Wilkes, B.A., L.C.P., appointed Principal

1904

College Magazine " The Central" published The Central Crest and Colours designed Inauguration of a College building fund

1905

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

1906

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.

1907

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

1908

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

1909

Prize Football Cup won 2nd time

1910

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

1911

A. R. Rasiah won the Hewavitharne Science Prize

1911

Won the Union Jack at the Sports Meet

1915

Won the Doraiswamy Cricket Cup Visit of Sir (Lord) Robert Chalmers, Governor of Ceylon

1916

Rev. W. M. P. Wilkes retired Rev. E. T. Selby acted as Principal Scout Movement inaugurated Mr. J. W. Arudpragasam, B.A., joined

1917

Rev. H. Bullough, M. A., B.Sc., arrived W. R. Cooke, Esqr., retired Muttucumaru Football Cup won

1918

Opened a New Dormitory (the present Dining Hall) Bracketed Champions in the Inter-Collegiate Gymkhana Meet

1919

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)

1920

Percival Hall opened Commercial class formed

1921

Inter-Collegiate Athletics Championship won Rev. H. Bullough retired Rev. H. R. Cornish acted as Principal

May 1922

Rev. Percy T. Cash, B.A., B.Sc., (London) arrived

1922

Mr. L. P. Spencer, B. A., transferred to Kilner College Union College started

1923

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

1924

T. M. Z. Mahamooth , P. C. Selvaratnam and W. A. Wijayaretnam chosen to represent Ceylon at the International Scout Jamboree held in Wembley, London.

1925

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)

1926

Sir Hugh Clifford, Governor of Ceylon opened :- The William Paul Botanical Laboratory The William Romaine Cooke Library The Geographical Laboratory The Art Room

1927

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

1928

Rev. Percy T. Cash returned Mr. J. K. Chanmukam retired

1929

Mr. J. W. Arudpragasam, B.A., and Mr. O. L. Gibbon, M.A., appointed Co-Vice Principals Rev. W. J. Noble visited the College

1930

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

1931

New Hostel Buildings opened

1932

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.

1933

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.

1934

Rev. Percy T. Cash returned as Principal

June 1935

Centenary of the renaming of the school as Jaffna Central School in 1834 was celebrated on a large scale.

1936

"Jaffna Central College": Centenary Memorial Edition was published.

1937

Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore visited JCC

1940 – 1942

Mr. R. S. D. Williams B.A., Dip. Ed., as Principal

1945

Free Education scheme of the Government was adopted at the College. Rev. C.A. Smith B.A. Honours L.Th was appointed principal

1952

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.

1955

Rev. Dr. D. T. Niles became Principal of the College.

1956

The Golden Jubilee celebration of the Old Boys’ Association.

1960

All schools in the island other the ones opted to be private were taken by the state.

1962

A.E. Tamber became the Principal.

1962

The property of the school was vested in the crown by Gazette notification.

1964

A non-Centralite or Wesleyan Methodist, Mr. E. Sabalingam, was made principal.

1981

The centenary of the introduction of Cricket into Jaffna by Rev. F. Webster, Principal, was celebrated.

1984

Celebrated the 150th anniversary. Published the Central 1984 souvenir.

1990

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.

1994

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.

1996

Mr. K. Rasathurai was appointed as the Principal.

1996

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).

2001 March

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.

2004 March

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.

2005 October

Principal Kanapathipillai Rasathurai was killed while attending Saraswathi Pooga with some of the college students in Jaffna.

2006 July

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

2008

Mr. L. Orangamoorthy was appointed as the Principal

2009

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

2011

Mr. K. Elilventhan B.A (Jaffna), Diploma in Education, Diploma in School Management was appointed as Principal

2011 August

Prof. R.K. Guganesharajah (old boy) released a souvenir "Glimpses of 195 years of History" to mark the 195 years of Jaffna Central College

2012

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

2013 September

A statue of the school founder Rev. James Lynch was unveiled in front of the Romaine Cooke Hall

2014

Colombo JCC OBA celebrated the 100th anniversary (1913-2013) of the association and released the souvenir

2016

Several events and functions will organize in the college to mark the 200th anniversary of the college (1816 - 2016)

2017

In 2017 the construction work of a pavilion began in 2017.

2018

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.

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