De La Salle High School (Concord, California)

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De La Salle High School
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Les Hommes De Foi
"Men of Faith"
Address
1130 Winton Drive
Concord, California, United States
Coordinates 37°56′04″N 122°01′53″W / 37.934415°N 122.031279°W / 37.934415; -122.031279Coordinates: 37°56′04″N 122°01′53″W / 37.934415°N 122.031279°W / 37.934415; -122.031279
Information
Type Private, All-Male
Religious affiliation(s) Christian Brothers
Established 1965
Founder Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Sister school Carondelet High School
CEEB Code 050662
President Mark DeMarco
Dean Joe Aliotti
Principal Br. Robert Wickman
Head of school Sister school = Carondelet High School
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,039
Campus size 19 acres (77,000 m2)
Color(s) Green, White, Silver               
Athletics conference CIF North Coast Section
Nickname Spartans, De La, DLS, The Spartans
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges [1]
Average SAT scores 1139 / 1600
Average ACT scores 24.7
Newspaper Spartan Spotlight
Yearbook The Odyssey
Website

De La Salle High School is a Roman Catholic private school for boys in Concord, California, United States. Located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland, the school was founded in 1965 as a Lasallian institution. De La Salle currently enrolls 1,039 students, and roughly 99% of each graduating class goes on to attend a university or college. It is home to the Spartans, and its colors are green and silver. The school motto is "Les Hommes De Foi", or "Men Of Faith." The school's principal is Brother Robert Wickman. The deans are Mr. Joe Aliotti, and Mr. Bob Guelld. Mr. Joe Grantham is head of admissions, and Leo Lopoz is the director of athletics.[2]

Athletics[edit]

Fall Winter Spring
Cross Country (Freshman-Sophomore, JV, V) Basketball (V, JV, Green, Silver) Baseball (V, JV, Silver, Green)
Football (V, JV, Freshman) Soccer (V, JV, F)
Water Polo (V, JV, Freshman-Sophomore) Wrestling Track and Field (V, JV)
Golf (V, JV)
Lacrosse (V, JV, FS)
Swimming and Diving (V, JV)
Tennis (V, JV)
Volleyball (V, JV)

Football[edit]

De La Salle High School has long been recognized nationwide for its extraordinary football tradition. The team, when coached by Bob Ladouceur, holds the national record 151 game winning streak spanning from 1992 to 2004, more than doubling the previous record of 72. The streak ended when they were defeated on September 4, 2004. De La Salle finished the 2007 football season 13-0 and as state champions. In 2009 De La Salle defeated Crenshaw 28-14 to win the state title again.[3] In 2010 De La Salle defeated Servite ranked #7 in the nation 48-8 to win the state title game for a second straight year. De La Salle finished the season 14-0 and ranked #1 in the nation by Maxpreps. During the span of the 151-game winning streak, De La Salle was named national champion in seven different years; once by ESPN (1994), five times by USA Today (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003), and once by the National Sports News Service (1999). The Spartans have been named national champions by ESPNRISE.com (formerly Student Sports) six times, including four straight years (2000–03).[4] They have also been honored as the top team in California 12 times (1992, 1994–2003, 2007) and competed in 25 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) North Coast Section (NCS) championship games with 23 victories (12 of which were attained during the 151-game winning streak).[4] For the 2008-2009 school year, De La Salle was ranked the 18th best high school football team in the country by USA Today, the 37th by ESPNRISE, the 19th by MaxPreps, and the 14th by Sports Illustrated.[5]

The De La Salle football team was the subject of two 2003 books. One Great Game: Two Teams, Two Dreams, in the First Ever National Championship High School Football Game, by Don Wallace, follows the undefeated 2001 season and national championship showdown with Long Beach Polytechnic High School,[6] and splits its focus between the schools. When the Game Stands Tall was written by Contra Costa Times sportswriter Neil Hayes, who followed the team for practices, games and meetings during its undefeated 2002 season. The foreword was written by former Oakland Athletics manager Tony LaRussa. Don Wallace also wrote about De La Salle and Ladouceur in an article called "The Soul of a Sports Machine." published in the October 2003 edition of Fast Company magazine.

The 2014 movie When the Game Stands Tall follows the football program's winning streak.

Notable alumni[edit]

Campus ministry and spirituality[edit]

In the minds of the Brothers "For Lasallian establishments to be the living expression of the Good News, they must be places for dialogue in truth, freedom, and hope." [7] This means that the Campus Ministry department, under the leadership of Mr. Roger Hassett, is charged with ensuring that the Gospel of Christ is kept at the heart of everything which happens at DLS Concord. For the Lasallian school, a holistic approach to education is essential and should not be solely academic or physical, but include the spiritual and social.

Freshmen are introduced to the concept and experience retreat as a year group, spending the day together. Sophomores focus on the social justice aspect of the Gospel by working in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco. Juniors participate in a 2 day residential which concentrates on making good moral decisions. Seniors take part in a 4 day residential retreat which seeks to have them deepen their faith by examining their relationship with themselves, with others and with God.

Throughout the academic year students and staff have the opportunity to gather for prayer before school commences, to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist and to pause for prayer and reflection before classes. Those students wishing to further their spiritual development may participate in the Lasallian Youth movement. The school also runs father/son and parent/son retreats each year.

De La Salle Concord sponsors Nativity school in Shinara, Eritrea. Members of the upper school may also participate in 'Ven a Ver' (Come to See) which involves spending 5 days with the disadvantaged people of Salinas or Tijuana. [8]

There are many ways for students to express their faith at De La Salle. There is mass 5-7 times a year where all the students and faculty come together to pray as one. Each class begins class with formal prayer along with time for intentions.

De La Salle also has a spiritual program available to seniors called Kairos. The experience lasts for three days, and during this time students and faculty can connect with one another in large and small group settings. What happens on Kairos is not told to others, so those who have not been on the trip yet can go with an open mind.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  2. ^ When The Game Stands Tall (English). Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  3. ^ "High School Football Rankings" (English). Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  4. ^ a b ESPN RISE
  5. ^ FB2008-Polls
  6. ^ Shipnuck, Allan (October 15, 2001). "Two Is Better Than One: No. 2 De La Salle beat No. 1 Long Beach Poly to extend its 10-year winning streak". Sports Illustrated. 
  7. ^ "De La Salle Educational Mission" (English). Archived from the original on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  8. ^ "De La Salle High School Campus Ministry" (English). Retrieved 2008-07-26. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Hayes, Neil (2003). When the Game Stands Tall: The Story of the De La Salle Spartans and Football's Longest Winning Streak. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books. ISBN 1-58394-086-3. 

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