President’s college Maharagama was established in 1978 as a remedial solution for congested school in Maharagama area, according to the proposal of Hon. Premarathne Gunasekara the Member of Parliament in Maharagama. It was commenced as a mixed school with a combination of 600 students and 16 teachers of Vidyakara Vidyalaya. On 18th February in 1978 with the endowment of hostel buildings of the Teachers Training College.
The founder principal was Mr. J.S.V.S.De Soyza who served 12 years for the development of the school. Through his dedication, commitment and efficiency and also the effort of many principals of the past the school became very popular and achieved a massive development within a short period of time.
The path of the school history took a turning point in 1994 when it was declared .as a boys school. At present president’s college is a lighted lamp that imparts knowledge and skills for nearly 3000 boys in the area claiming pride of dignity in Maharagama.
Mr. J.S.V.S. De Sozysa, the first Principal of the College and the then Zonal Director of education who were the pioneers of the College.
Mr. J.S.V.S. De Sozysa laid a strong foundation to this College and his yeoman and efficient services of 12 years contributed immensely in upgrading this college
Mr. W.S. Ranasinghe who was appointed as the second principal added more important facets to the College such as Prefect’s Council,Aesthetic Unit and English Day Programmes enabling to create a new outlook and a reputation to the College and to keep pace with other leading schools in the Island.
Mr. R.A. Premarathna, who assumed duties as the next principal was able to increase the number of students up to 4000. As a result of his untiring efforts he was able to introduce cadetting ,scouting and a cadet band .During the short period of service
Mr. S. Rajapakshe, the next principal of the College was able to establish a Computer Unit and a three storeyed building with an assembly Hall. The College emerged as a premier school not only in the area but also in Sri Jayawardanapura education zone.
Mr. K.A.D. Punnyadasa. Due to his dedicated service , he could develop the College up to the standard of a national school and many new features such as erecting a wall around the school premises, new buildings, the Open Ground Theatre, The Prefects’ room, and the Media Unit emerged as a result.
Mr. J.W.S. Siriwardana a new principal assumed duties as a blessing to the students and parents of the College. Among his new ventures , there were many important aspects. Modernizing the school ground, making an open space assembly ground, construction of a Shrine Room and a staff room are some of them.