SIGNIFICANT DATES IN THE HISTORY OF HARTLEY COLLEGE (1938-1998)
1838: Rev. Dr. Peter Percival, Scholar and Educationist, who complied the English Tamil
Dictionary and translated the Bible into Tamil found the School with the name "Wesleyan
Mission Central School."
1848: The Central Schools Commission recommends grant to the School for its good
1860: School remains closed for part of the year owing to difficulties.
1861: Mr. D. P. Niles, B. A., re-starts it, and puts it on a strong footing, becomes
1874: The School is shifted to the present site. In the old site a Girls Boarding School is
started by Rev. W. R. Winston - presently known as Methodist Girls' High School.
1878: Mr. J. C. T. Sherrard becomes head master under Rev. Napp. Seventh Grade is the
highest class and there are only a big hall and two class-rooms. He becomes so popular that
the College is known as "Sherrard's School."
1896: The School is up-graded and allowed to prepare pupils for the Calcutta University
1906: Mr. S. A. Paulpillai, B. A., is appointed Principal, while Mr. Sherrard is Head Master. Mr. Paulpillai passes away and Mr. Kanapathippillai becomes Principal.
1912: Mr. E. S. Abraham B. A., becomes the Principal. The school is called "Christ
1915: Mr. C. P. Thamotheram becomes principal.
1916: Rev. Marshll Hartley, Secretary of the Methodist Mission for the East visits the
school and lays the foundation for a science laboratory. The School is re-named
1917: Chemistry Lab is completed and six other class-rooms are put up.
1919: Pupils appear for the Cambridge Senior Exam.
1920: A Play Ground is provided and more class-rooms are put up.
Hartleyites win Science Scholarships to the University College.
1923: The Boy scout movement is started.
1930: The Hostel building is put up. Cricket is started.
1933: Hartley College O. B. A. is inaugurated.
1938: The Colombo Branch of the College O. B. A. is inaugurated.
1943: Mr. K. Pooranampillai, B. A. becomes Principal.
1944: Pupils appear of the H. S. C. Examination. Prefects System is introduced.
1945: Co-operative Movement begins.
1947: Historical Association comes up.
1948: Drama Society starts and English and Tamil Plays put up. Photographic and Films
1953: Centenary celebration is held.
1957: Science Association begins.
1961/62: Hindu Students Union takes shape.
1963: Hartley is adjudged the best Cricket Team of the North and wins Cup.
Mr. K. Pooranampillai leaves for St. John's College and Mr. S. Ratnasabapathy takes over.
1971: Owing to the Over 55's being retired by the Government Mr. Ratnasabapathy leaves
and Mr. C. Rajadurai, B. Sc., who was a successful Principal at Runawella M. M. V.,
1973: Mr. C. Rajadurai leaves as Chief Education Officer and Mr. P. Ahamparam, B.
Sc., succeeds him.
1975: Mr. W. N. S. Samuel, B. A., succeeds Mr. P. Ahamparam
1979: Four Hartleyites win four Distinction Passes at the GCE A/L Exam.
1980: Thamotheram Memorial Laboratory is completed and opened.
1982: At the 1982 GCE (A/L) Exam, three get four Distinction Passes.
1983: The Pooranampillai Block is opened.
The Principal inaugurates a branch of the Hartley College O. B. A. in London.
1984: The Library with 6690 Books and a few class rooms are burnt.
1985: The School is shifted in to a village 3 Km away to Puttalai MV. Mr. W. N. S. Samuel retires and
Mr. P. Balasingam, B. A., becomes the Principal.
1987: Hartley is made a Core - School under the Cluster System embracing fourteen
schools and the Principal is appointed as the Head of the Cluster.
1988: Amidst severe hardships and acute shortage of staff, Fourteen pupils obtain distinctions in all the 8 subjects and thirteen obtain
distinctions in 7 subjects in the 1987 GCE (O/L) Examination and in the GCE (A/L)
one obtained 4 A's and several obtained
1989: Buildings are handed back by the IPKF to the Principal. Issue of a Stamp and First-Day
Cover to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the College. Celebration in Colombo and
Pt. Pedro held on 5th June. Work on the 12 million ADB building project starts.
1990: Entire school is shifted back to the old site. Constriction work stalled due to the
eruption of war.
General Knowledge Quiz team wins Luther Jeyasingam Memorial cup for the 2nd year in succession.
1994: Interact Club formed at College. GCE (A/L) Commerce Union publishes the
magazine 'Vanika Viyalalan'.
New block, named after the Late Prof. A. Thurairajah, Distinguished Old Boy of the College.
1998: The first ever Hartley College Home Page on the Internet is launched from Ottawa, Canada.