By about 1902 Mudaliyar Canagaratnam’s son C.M.Chellappah was appointed manager and played dynamic role in building the school and managing it. He seems to have been a very successful manager and helped the school in all ways. There was a Hostel in his house from very early days. Principals and teachers from far away places were offered residential facilities. He held the reins for forty years till he died in 1943. So much so the school came to be known as Chellappah’s School and even in some publications he is referred to as the founder of the School. It could be said that he devoted all his life for the task he undertook and all those connected with the school still cherish his memory.
The credit of having appointed the right type of person for the right job, whether it be a Principal, Teacher, Clerk or Peon goes to him Like his father he wielded great influence in the country, otherwise he could not have got at a great personality of the calibre of Willoughby Small to be Principal of the School. Even the teachers whom he appointed, especially the Indians were the best that could be got at that time. One of them Narayana Menon went to the University of Benares as Lecturer and then Vice Chancellor after being Teacher at Victoria. Even while appointing the local – Sithamparapillais, Somasegarams – not to speak of Salva Periyar and his cousin Dr. Sivapragasam the only Ph.D. in the country- he chose the best and highly qualified. We also understand that he least interfered in the internal administration of the school. Willoughby Small, Salva Periyar and all the great Principals who followed them devised their own policies in running the school.