|Jaffna Central College
யாழ்ப்பாணம் மத்திய கல்லூரி
|Rajendra Prasath Road
Jaffna, Jaffna District, Northern Province
|School type||Public national 1AB|
|Motto||In gloriam Dei optimi maximi
(Unto the glory of God, the best and the highest)
|Founder||Rev. James Lynch
Rev. Thomas Squance
|School district||Jaffna Education Zone|
|Authority||Ministry of Education|
|Principal||S. K. Elilventhan|
|Slogan||Central's flag must never be lowered|
Jaffna Central College (Tamil: யாழ்ப்பாணம் மத்திய கல்லூரி Yāḻppāṇam Mattiya Kallūri, JCC) is a national school in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Founded in 1817 by British Methodist missionaries, it is one of Sri Lanka's oldest schools.
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).
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.
|Appapillai, V.V. Appapillai||physicist, dean – Faculty of Science University of Ceylon (1970–1979)|||
|Arulkumaran, SabaratnamSabaratnam Arulkumaran||physician, president Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (2007–2010), president International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (2012–2015), president British Medical Association (2013–2014)|||
|Arulnandhy, K. S.K. S. Arulnandhy||teacher, academic, Deputy Director of Education (1946–1950)|||
|Arumugam, J. N.J. N. Arumugam||Permanent Secretary – Ministry of Transport and Works|||
|Canagaratnam, A.A. Canagaratnam||member Legislative Council – Northern Province South (1924–1930)|||
|Devananda, DouglasDouglas Devananda||member parliament – Jaffna (1994–present)|||
|Duraiswamy, WaithilingamWaithilingam Duraiswamy||member State Council of Ceylon – Kayts (1936–1947), Legislative Council – Northern Province West (1924–1930), Northern Province (1921–1924)|||
|Duraiswamy, YogendraYogendra Duraiswamy||Government Agent – Jaffna (1979–1982)|||
|Ethirveerasingam, NagalingamNagalingam Ethirveerasingam||athlete (1952 Olympics, 1956 Olympics, 1958 Commonwealth Games, 1954 Asian Games, 1958 Asian Games (gold medalist – high jump))|||
|Mailvaganam, A. W.A. W. Mailvaganam||Dean – Faculty of Science University of Ceylon (1948–1954)|||
|Abdul Majeed, M. A.M. A. Abdul Majeed||member parliament – Pottuvil (1960–1977), Sammanthurai (1977–1988), National List (1989–1994)|||
|Nadarajah, K. V.K. V. Nadarajah||member parliament – Bandarawela (1947–1952)|||
|Navalar, ArumukaArumuka Navalar||Hindu revivalist|||
|Navaratnam, V. N.V. N. Navaratnam||member parliament – Chavakachcheri (1956–1983)|||
|Niles, D. T.D. T. Niles||pastor, evangelist, president Ceylon Methodist Conference (1964–1970)|||
|Pathirana, JayaJaya Pathirana||member parliament – Kurunegala (1961–1965), Supreme Court Judage (1972–1978)|||
|Paul, S. C.S. C. Paul||surgeon|||
|Raheem, S. A.S. A. Raheem||member parliament – Mannar (1974–1977)|||
|Rajaratnam, J. M.J. M. Rajaratnam||Vice President Singer Company|||
|Rudrakumaran, VisvanathanVisvanathan Rudrakumaran||Prime Minister Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam|||
|Sabapathy, A.A. Sabapathy||member Legislative Council (1917–1921)|||
|Selvadurai, NevinsNevins Selvadurai||member State Council (1934–1935)|||
|Shanmugarajah, N.N. Shanmugarajah||general manager Ceylon Electricity Board|||
|Sittampalam, C.C. Sittampalam||member parliament – Mannar (1947–1956)|||
|Sriskandan, KanagaratnamKanagaratnam Sriskandan||Chief Highway Engineer Department for Transport (UK)|||
|Sriskandarajah, P.P. Sriskandarajah||Supreme Court Judge (1962–1967)|||
|Surendran, A. R.A. R. Surendran||President's Counsel|||
|Suthersan, SuthanSuthan Suthersan||Environmental engineer|||
|Tampoe, RobinRobin Tampoe||filmmaker|||
|Thambiah, HerbertHerbert Thambiah||Chief Justice (1991), Supreme Court Judge (1984–1992)|||
|Thambiah, HenryHenry Thambiah||Supreme Court Judge (1960–1972)|||
|Thamotheram, VincentVincent Thamotheram||Supreme Court Judge (1970–1980)|||
|Thiagarajah, DanielDaniel Thiagarajah||Bishop of Jaffna (2006–present)|||
|Thiviyanathan, J.J. Thiviyanathan||member parliament – Ampara (1989–1984)|||
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