Jaffna Central College ( Tamil: யாழ்ப்பாணம் மத்திய கல்லூரி Yāḻppāṇam Mattiya Kallūri, JCC) is a national school in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.  Founded on 1 August 1816 by British Methodist Missionaries; it is one of Sri Lanka's oldest schools.  
History [ edit ]
In 1813 the
Methodist's British Conference approved the establishment of missions in Ceylon, Java and the Cape of Good Hope. On 30 December 1813 Dr Coke, seven missionaries (William Ault, Benjamin Clough, George Erskine, Martin Harvard, James Lynch, Thomas H. Squance) and two of the missionaries' wives left Portsmouth and sailed to Ceylon. Mrs Ault and Dr. Coke died on the journey. When the arrived in Bombay they had little money but they were helped by Governor Evan Nepean and W. T. Money, a merchant. Five of the missionaries (Ault, Clough, Erskine, Lynch and Squance) sailed from Bombay on 20 June 1814 and arrived in Galle on the south coast of Ceylon on 29 June 1814. On 11 July 1814 the missionaries gathered together to decide who would be stationed where - Lynch and Squance were to go to Jaffna in the north; Ault was to go to Batticaloa in the east; Erskine was to go to Matara in the south; and Clough was to remain in Galle. Clough was later joined by Harvard and his wife. Lynch and Squance left Galle on 14 July 1814 and arrived in Jaffna on 10 August 1814 where they established the Wesleyan Methodist Mission, North Ceylon. 
On 1 August 1816 the mission purchased from the government the former orphanage situated opposite the esplanade in Jaffna.
In 1817 the  Jaffna Wesleyan English School was founded with Rev. Lynch as principal.   The school transferred to the Vembadi site in 1825.  The school was renamed  Jaffna Central School in 1834 by the then principal Rev. Dr. Peter Percival. In the same year a separate girls school was established which was renamed  Vembadi Girls’ High School in 1897. JCC prospered, becoming affiliated to Madras University (1869) and Calcutta University (1897). 
In 1945 JCC started providing free education.
Most private schools in Ceylon, including JCC, were taken over by the government in 1960.  In 1994 JCC became a  national school. 
JCC's principal Kanapathy Rajadurai was shot dead on 12 October 2005 in Jaffna.
JCC's crest and colours were introduced in 1901 by Romaine Cooke, the then vice-principal.
The lower arc of the crest contains JCC's moto:  In gloriam Dei optimi maximi (Unto the glory of God, the best and the highest). The key symbolises JCC being an instrument that unlocks those leading to knowledge. The yarl symbolises JCC's host city Jaffna. The rising sun symbolises the light of learning that radiates from JCC.
Big Match [ edit ]
St. John's College, Jaffna in an annual cricket match known as the Battle of the North or the Battle of the Blues.   The first match took place in 1904.   
Principals [ edit ]
   
1816 Rev. James Lynch
1819 Rev. James Lynch
1820-24 Rev. Robert Carver
1825 Rev. Joseph Roberts
1834-51 Rev. Dr.
Peter Percival 1852-54 Rev. John Walton
1855 Rev. William Barber
1859-61 Rev. William Talbot
1862-66 Rev. John Mitchell
1867-70 Rev. John O. Rhodes
1870-72 Rev. D.P. Niles (acting)
1873-74 Rev. Samuel R. Wilkin
1874-76 Rev. William R. Winston
1877-78 Edward Strutt
1879-81 Fredrick M. Webster
1882 Thomas Little
1883 William J. G. Bestall
1884 Joseph West
1885-86 Rev. A. E. Restarick
1886-87 Rev. D. P. Niles (acting)
1888-89 Rev. Sheldon Knapp
1890 Rev. E. Middleton Weaver
1891-93 Rev. W. T. Garret
1894-95 Rev. Gabriel Leese
1896-98 Rev. W. T. Garret
1899 Rev. George B. Robeson (acting)
1900 Rev. E. O. Martin
1901 Rev. Arthur Lockwood
1901-03 Rev. W. T. Garret
1903-08 Rev. W. M. P. Wilkes
1908-10 Rev. H. A. Meek
1910-16 Rev. W. M. P. Wilkes
1916 Rev. E. T. Selby (acting)
1917-21 Rev. Harold Bullough
1921 Rev. H.R. Cornish (acting)
1922-26 Rev. Percy T. Cash
1927 J. K. Chanmukam (acting)
1928-32 Rev. Percy T. Cash
1933 R. J. Seal (acting)
1934-39 Rev. Percy T. Cash
1940-42 R. S. D. Williams
1943-44 J. W. Arudpragasam
1945-55 Rev. C. A. Smith
1949 J. C. Charles (acting)
1956-62 Rev. Dr.
D. T. Niles  1962-64 A. E. Tamber
1964-71 E. Sabalingam
1971-80 E. K. Shanmuganathan
1980-82 N. S. Rathinasingham
 1983-90 V. Balasuntharam
1990 N. Rasaratnam
1990-96 N. K. Shanmuganathapillai
1996 S. Sivanrooban (acting)
1996-05 K. Rajadurai
  2006-08 S. Pathmanathan (acting)
2009- L. Ongaramoorthy
S. K. Elilventhan
V. Appapillai - Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Ceylon, Peradeniya 
S. Arulkumaran - Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, St George's, University of London  
K. S. Arulnandhy - Deputy Director of Education
J. N. Arumugam - Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport & Works Kumariah Balasubramaniam - professor
 V. Buvanendran - Professor of Veterinary Science
A. Canagaratnam - Member of the Legislative Council of Ceylon for Northern Province South P. Chandrasegaram - Professor of Education
J. K. Chanmukam - Vice Principal of Jaffna Central College
Douglas Devananda - Tamil militant, government minister, Member of Parliament for Jaffna District, leader of the Eelam People's Democratic Party   S. Dharmapalan -
Government Agent for Jaffna District
Waithilingam Duraiswamy - Speaker of the State Council of Ceylon 
Yogendra Duraiswamy - diplomat  
Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam - Olympic athlete   Saba Jeyarajah - professor
A. W. Mailvaganam - Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Ceylon  
M. A. Abdul Majeed - Deputy Minister, Member of Parliament 
K. V. Nadarajah - Member of Parliament for Bandarawela
Arumuka Navalar - Hindu revivalist 
V. N. Navaratnam - Member of Parliament for Chavakachcheri  V. C. Motilal Nehru -
President's Counsel 
D. T. Niles - President of the Ceylon Methodist Conference 
Jaya Pathirana - Member of Parliament for Kurunegala; Judge, Supreme Court of Sri Lanka 
S. C. Paul - leading surgeon
S. A. Raheem - Member of Parliament for Mannar, High Commissioner  
J. M. Rajaratnam - Vice President of Singer Company  E. V. Ratnam - surgeon, Member of
Colombo Municipal Council
Visvanathan Rudrakumaran - Prime Minister of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam 
A. Sabapathy - Member of the Legislative Council of Ceylon  Poopalapillai Sangaravel - Deputy Director of the Ministry of Finance & Development, Secretary of the University College, Batticaloa, Additional
Government Agent 
Nevins Selvadurai - Member of the State Council of Ceylon for Kayts
N. Shanmugarajah - General Manager of the Ceylon Electricity Board
C. Sittampalam - government minister, Member of Parliament for Mannar 
Kanagaratnam Sriskandan - Chief Highway Engineer for the Department for Transport, UK 
P. Sriskandarajah - Judge, Supreme Court of Ceylon
A. R. Surendran - Leading lawyer and President's Counsel  
Robin Tampoe - filmmaker 
H. D. Thambiah - Chief Justice of Sri Lanka
H. W. Thambiah - Judge, Supreme Court of Ceylon, High Commissioner  
Vincent Thamotheram - Judge, Supreme Court of Sri Lanka
Daniel Thiagarajah - Church of South India Bishop of Jaffna 
J. Thiviyanathan - Member of Parliament for Ampara District 
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