About Our College

St. Aloysius' College is situated on Mount Calvery, neighbouring St. Mary's Cathedral on one side and Sacred Heart Convent on the other. The college was established in 1895 by Jesuit fathers and was named after the Jesuit Saint, Saint Aloysius Gonzaga (born on 9 March 1568). Saint Aloysius' is regarded as the Saint of Youth by the Jesuits because of the heroic acts that he had performed when he was a young Jesuit helping Plague victims in Rome, Italy in 1587. After a few years helping plague victims, young Saint Aloysius died on 21 June 1591 at the age of 23 when he himself contracted the disease. St. Aloysius' College, Galle, is one of many schools named after Saint Aloysius, and many exist all around the world including schools in Glasgow-Scotland, Sydney-Australia, Bangalore-India, Malta, London-England etc.(See List).
Until the Sri Lankan government brought legislation for nationalisation of schools in the island (with an exception of only a few schools), St. Aloysius' College was run by Jesuit Fathers and the medium of instruction was English. The first Buddhist Principal was appointed in the year 1971 and subsequently the medium of instruction was changed to Sinhala.

College Today

The college today provides education to 3900 students from grade 1 to grade 13 and it is regarded as one of the leading boys' schools in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. The students of the school fall into diverse religious groups where over 90 percent of students are from a Buddhist background and the rest from Catholic/Christian and Islamic backgrounds. The school has earned its reputation in the areas of academic excellence as well as in sports.


College Crest's Elements

1.Elephant – Strength
2.Lilies – Purity
3.Torch – Light
– Symbol of Galle

College Houses

Students represent five houses that are named after Jesuit Fathers who were pioneers in developing the school in its early days. Students are divide in to houses according to their admission number.
§      -Cooreman
§      -Murphy
§      -Neut
§      -Standaert
§      -Van Reeth

College provides a major emphasis on Sports with over 10 different sports played. Those include;
§  Athletics
§  Badminton
§  Basketball 2011
§  Chess
§  Cricket
§  Hockey
§  Rugby Football
§  Soccer
§  Swimming/Diving
§  Billiard/Snooker

Battle of Two Cities
The annual cricket encounter is played between St Aloysius' College, Galle and Rahula College, Matara and it's often referred to as the "Battle of the Two Cities". St. Aloysius' College, Galle registered an innings and 33 run victory over Rahula College, Matara in their 5th annual ‘Big’ match which ended at the Galle International Stadium. Ending a four-year drought for a win from either side. Resuming on day two with the overnight score of 113 for 5, St. Aloysius declared after reaching 160 for 8 with a lead of 104 runs after bowling out Rahula Collage, Matara for a meek 56 runs on the first day.

Clubs and Societies
List of Clubs and Associations in SAC|List of Clubs and Associations of Saint Aloysius College.
§  Art Society
§  Buddhist Society
§  Commerce Society
§  Computer Society
§  English Literary Association
§  First Aid Unit
§  Environment Society
§  Islam Society
§  Mass Media Unit
§  Oriental Music Group
§  Photographic Society
§  Science Society
§  Scouts Troop
§  Sinhala Debating Team
§  Sinhala Literary Association
§  Western Music Band


1910 – 1921
Rev. Fr. Dionysius Murphy S.J
1921 – 1925
Rev. Fr. John Delaney S.J
1925 – 1949
Rev. Fr. Ernest Gaspard S.J
1949 – 1962
Rev. Fr. Paul N. Peiris S.J
1963 – 1968
Rev. Fr. Caspersz S.J
1968 – 1970
Rev. Fr. Stephen Fernando S.J (Acting)
1970 – 1971
Rev. Fr. Caspersz S.J
13 June 1971 – 1 April 1972
Mr B.K. Silva
1 April 1972 – 28 February 1973
Mr Dunstan Fernando
28 February 1973 – 3 August 1973
Mr J.B. Varnakulasingham (Acting)
3 August 1973 – 22 December 1975
Mr L.D.P. Jayasinghe
22 December 1975 – 25 May 1976
Mr A.B.J.L. Fernando (Acting)
25 May 1976 – 7 January 1987
Mr D.Y. Wijewickrama
7 January 1987 – 1996
Mr A.V. Illeperuma
1996 – 2004
Mr N.K. Ariyawansa
2004 –2004
Mr. Nandasena Pathirana (Acting)
2004 – to-date
Mr D.P.L.S. Gunasekara

Old Boys' Associations (OBA's)
There are a few branches of OBA's located all around the world.
§  Old Boys' Association - Galle - Parent Body
§  Old Boys' Association - Colombo Branch
§  Old Boys' Association - Melbourne
§  Old Boys' Association - London
§  Old Boys' Association - New Zealand

Notable Aloysians
§  Prof Ediriweera Sarachchandra - Playwright, novelist, poet and literary critic
§  Prof Cyril Ponnamperuma - Scientist( subject: Molecular evolution ) in Exobiology Division at NASA's Ames Research Center
§  R I T Alles - Prominent Educationist, Founder of D. S. Senanayake College ( Colombo,Sri Lanka)
§  Deshamanya N. U. Jayawardena - Economist, former Governor of the Central Bank of Ceylon
§  Hon. Justice A.C. Alles - Former Judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka
§  General Shantha Kottegoda - Former Army Commander of Sri Lanka
§  Dr G. Morrel Fonseka - Professor and Senior Lecturer in Geophysics, Open University of Sri Lanka and former President of the Geological Society of Sri Lanka (GSSL)
§  Dr Marlene Abeyewardena - Gynaecologist
§  Dr D V J Harishchandra - Consultant Psychiatrist
§  Dr E M R de Saram - Psychiatrist
§  Dr Michael Roberts - Rhodes Scholar
§  Dr Bertram Dias - Specialist Paediatrician
§  Gaya de Silva - Deputy Inspector General, Sri Lanka Police
§  Prof Granville Dharmawardena - Senior professor, University of Colombo
§  Dr D P Athukorala - Heart Specialist
§  M S Amarasiri - Former Chief Minister Uva Province
§  Dr S Kasthuri-Consultant Paediatric Surgeon
§  Prof M R Mohideen-Professor of Medicine,Faculty of Medicine,University of Ruhuna
§  Feisal Junaid - Former Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Pakistan, Iraq, Bangaladesh