Roots of Holy Cross go back to the 19th centrury when a Burghur national named Brohier laid the foundation for a private school in a rented bunglow near Holy Cross Church in Kalutara. It was first baptised by Rev Fr Wilkinson as Holy Cross College English School in 1890. Rev Fr Leo Fernando who succeded Rev Fr Wilkinson became the founder principal of present Holy Cross College. College Houses took the names of Rev Fathers Herald, Robert, Briton Croos, who were at the helm between 1905 and 1930. They were followed by Rev Frs Gaston Chaulieu (1930 -1946), Arthur M Fernando (1946 - 1948), Benedict Pinto (1948 - 1954), Theodor Pieris (1954 - 1970), Themothy Pieris (1970 - 1973).
In 1973 Mr Anthony Cooray, the first lay principal took over the helm and ran the college until 1978.
In 1978 Rev Brother Francis Silva lead the congregation of Maris Brothers that rescued the college and generations of students from what could have been an unimaginable disaster. Today, thanks to Maris Brothers our Savious, Holy Cross College, our Alma Mater is majestically sitting on Holy Cross Hill as it once was and has become a beacon to the nation.Present principal Rev Fr Dr Camillus Fernando has been at the helm of Holy Cross College since 2011.
1993 An advertisement publised in London based Newslanka newspaper on Sunday , August 29 1992 and personal contacts paved the way towards the formation of Holy Cross College OBA (UK), which officially came to life on the 4 December 1992 in the first ever meeting held at the London residence of Crusader Cyril Lakshman Fernando and Anne Fernando, an old girl of our sister school Holy Family Convent Kalutara. This association was formed with the initial intention of bringing the Crusaders residing in the UK together and raising our flag in the UK, and then raise funds for needy students and college projects back home.
Founder Members: Cyril Lakshman Fernando, Dr Gayan Fernando, Sunil Fernando, Jagath Santha, Harry Ariyaratne, Hiran Fernando, Hirantha Fernando, Eustace Perera.
A website was launched just after the formation of the OBA and was designed, managed and sponsored by Richard Wijesekara to raise awareness and with the intention of establishing contacts with Crusaders living in the UK and all over the world.
2000In 2000 our OBA joined the Festival of Cricket - the biggest Sri Lankan event held in the UK. Our first two representatives to the FOC were Neville Jayaweera and Jagath Santha Fernando.
In year 2000 we held our first ever Holy Cross Nite - Sunset-the Band entertained the gathering with their fabulour Sri Lankan and Western music collection and was attended by Crusaders and their friends and families. It was an entertaining event that enabled generations of Crusaders to come together and reminisce about the past we spent under the shadow of our Alma Mater and to boost the unity among Crusaders living in the UK..
The first President of the OBA Mr Eustace Perera was an inspiration to us all. He initiated building bridges between the older Crusaders living in the UK and the younger from the onset itself. After 12 years he stepped down and handed over the reins to Sumal Fernando in 2006. Sumal Fernando brought the OBA a few steps ahead in the right direction. In 2009 Sunil Fernando, who represented England in the first ever over 60s Ashes and one of the pioneers in establishing the HCC OBA UK branch was elected President and was reelected in 2013.