Gateway College was founded by Ralph Ignatius Thomas Alles, a visionary dedicated to the cause of the Nation’s education. Educated at St. Aloysius’ College, Galle and St. Anthony’s College, Kandy, R I T Alles gained national recognition as the founding father of D S Senanayake College, Colombo, one of Sri Lanka’s leading educational institutions.

Prior to founding Gateway College, R I T Alles received training from the Cambridge Institute of Education, served as a teacher at Royal College, Colombo, was Principal of Zahira College, Colombo, and acted as State Secretary of Education. Today, Gateway College embodies R I T Alles’ belief of providing holistic education and moulding students who are international in nature, but Sri Lankan at heart. His ethos and philosophy are embedded in our vision and mission.

Message by Mr. R.I.T.Alles issued in 2007

"Parents are children's first and most lasting carers. Every parent aspires for his children to be worthy citizens. Children have a remarkable ability to learn. They want to learn to fulfil their dreams. Be it the aspirations of parents or the dreams of children, they all seek a "Gateway" to reach their goals. We strive to be that "Gateway" to our parents and children.

The four stakeholders in a school are the teachers, parents, the students and the Alumni. It is my wish and vision that these four categories will always have a sense of belonging to each other. For this, one category to the other, they should work hand in hand, always upholding a pervading sense of love and understanding."